Factors That Determine Your Teeth Shade After Whitening

Factors That Determine Your Teeth Shade After Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the best ways to get the teeth color you want. For satisfactory results, ensure you know how white your teeth will be after the treatment. Below are some of the factors you should consider to get the teeth color you want.

Your Natural Teeth Color

Teeth whitening results can last a long time, but they are rarely permanent. Eventually, your teeth will start to discolor and tend towards their default color. Don't forget that every person has a natural teeth color – how their teeth look without staining or bleaching. The whiter you bleach your teeth, the more you will notice the fading effect with time.

The fading effect is natural, and you can easily control it with retreatments. However, you can minimize it by not making your teeth too white to begin with.

Dramatic Effect

The more you deviate from your original teeth color, the more dramatic your final look will be. Many people shy away from dramatic improvements, but it's all a matter of personal choice. Just note that everyone has a whitening limit beyond which their teeth won't whiten further. Ask your dentist how white your teeth can get if you want the dramatic effect.

Eye Color

Consider your eye color if you don't want a dramatic effect post-whitening. The rule of thumb is to match your teeth's shade to the whites of your eyes. At the very least, your teeth shouldn't be whiter than your eyes if you go by this rule.

Skin Color

Besides eye color, consider your skin complexion if you want to go by conventional restrictions. Your skin's color affects how white your teeth appear. A darker skin complexion increases your teeth's whiteness. Use this fact to achieve the effect you desire. For example, don't make your teeth too white if you have a dark complexion and want to appear natural.


Teeth naturally discolor with age; that is why children tend to have whiter teeth than adults. Thus, you can whiten your teeth for a youthful appearance. However, you might not want to whiten your teeth too much if you are at an advanced age and want a natural look.

Current Stains

Some teeth stains, especially extrinsic ones, whiten more easily than others. You might need advanced in-office treatments to get rid of stubborn stains. Your dentist will advise you on the best treatment for your stains. However, you might want to avoid extreme whitening if you have stubborn stains, want to use a basic whitening kit, and want to end up with even teeth whitening.

Dental Restorations

Dental restorations, such as fillings and crowns, don't whiten (beyond their original color) during bleaching. The bleaching products only work on natural teeth. In fact, you should start with bleaching if you want to restore and whiten your teeth. That way, you can choose restorations that match your teeth's color.

However, you can still bleach your teeth with dental restorations, especially if your teeth have stained since the restorations. In such a case, choose a whitening shade that will match your dental restorations' color.

Whitening Treatment

Lastly, your choice of whitening treatment also determines how white your teeth can get. Different treatments achieve different results. For example, most in-office treatments tend to get whiter results than at-home treatments. These treatments also differ in cost, so your budget may also decide how white you can get your teeth.

The Whitening Gals will use their skills and experience to give you the results you want. We have both in-spa treatments and mobile treatments – we can come to your home or office. You can also buy any of our at-home whitening kits. Contact us to schedule a whitening session at a time convenient for you.       

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