Teeth Whitening: How White is Too White?

Posted Dec 22nd, 2017 in News

Teeth Whitening: How White is Too White?

If you’re thinking about professional teeth whitening, you may be wondering: how white is too white? Here are some tips for teeth whitening to help ensure you don’t go a step too far.


We’ve all seen it. It could be someone you know, or maybe a celebrity at a big event or on TV; some people just go a bit too far when they whiten their teeth.

In some cases, it can get to the point that the teeth are so bright that they begin to look artificial. When this person smiles, it’s kind of like looking into the sun… you’re a little worried you might be blinded if you look straight at those glaringly white teeth.

If you’re considering whitening your teeth, remember that it can be all too easy to take things too far. You want your teeth to look lighter and healthier, but you still want them to look natural, too.

There are also some serious oral health issues that can result from bleaching your teeth too much. Too much bleaching can actually wear away your enamel over time, increasing the likelihood of decay, and giving your teeth a translucent, blue or grey appearance.

When to Stop

When whitening your teeth, you should aim for a shade that matches the whites of your eyes. Once you’ve reached that shade, you should consider the whitening process complete. We guarantee your teeth will be more than white enough at that point.

Also be sure to consult with your dentist about whitening, particularly if you are using over the counter whitening products. You’re more likely to go too far if you’re going it alone.

Don’t compare your teeth to those of celebrities. While that level of whiteness may work for people whose jobs involve constantly being in front of a camera, it just won’t look right on most people in person.

And remember, teeth are not actually supposed to be stark, bright white. They have a natural pale yellow undertone, and that’s fine!

If you’re considering whitening your teeth, please be sure to contact our Surrey dentists for a consultation.

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