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Should I whiten my teeth?

Should I whiten my teeth?

Professional teeth whitening can be a quick and simple way to significantly improve the appearance of your smile. If you’re wondering whether your smile could benefit from teeth whitening, here are some points from our Surrey dentists on how to tell if teeth whitening might be right for you.


There are a number of ways to go about deciding whether you'd benefit from teeth whiting, but it's important to note that the degree of whiteness considered most attractive is highly subjective and personal. Try to keep in mind that, ultimately, the only opinion that matters is your own.

To help you decide whether teeth whitening is right for you, here are a few things to consider:

Do you smile openly and confidently?

If you think that your teeth look dingy or discoloured, you may find yourself trying to hide them by not smiling as openly as you would really like.

If you're holding back your biggest smile, then teeth whitening might help you to feel more confident about your teeth!

Do your eyes and teeth measure up?

One easy way of determining how white your teeth should be is by comparing the whites of your eyes teeth to the shade whiteness of your teeth. The whites of your eyes and the colour of your teeth should be very similar to achieve a natural look. If they are close in colour you likely don’t want to make your teeth any whiter or they could start to look artificial.

On the other hand, if you find that your teeth are significantly darker than the whites of your eyes, you may want to consider teeth whitening to improve the appearance of your smile.

Have you undergone dental restorations or orthodontic treatment?

Teeth whitening might be a good idea for you if you've undergone dental restorations, or if you're planning to. In order to achieve an even smile, the shade of your natural teeth should match that of your restorations as closely as possible. Teeth whitening can be helpful in creating a natural even look.

If you've recently had braces removed you might find that the spots where the brackets were attached to your teeth are lighter than the rest of the teeth. These light spots can make your teeth appear patchy or uneven. You can significantly reduce this effect by having your teeth whitened.

What does your dentist think?

Speak to your dentist to find out if they think teeth whitening would benefit the appearance of smile. Your dentist can help you decide with a colour chart, and provide you with the details you need to make the right decision for your unique smile.

If you're considering getting your teeth whitened, please feel free to get in touch with our Surrey dental office to book an appointment with one of our dentists.

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