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How white your teeth can become from bleaching and in chair teeth whitening is a common question with a very subjective answer. Some teeth whitening procedures claim they can whiten your teeth by up to nine shades, but that is highly unlikely. Just a change of two or three shades will make a significant difference in just about anyone’s smile. There is no one standard system in the dental field to measure and determine tooth color. The most often heard about, however, is the Vita shade guide. This guide divides tooth color into four basic shade ranges; reddish brown, reddish yellow, grey and reddish grey. In the A range there are five levels of darkness. Ranges B, C and D, each have four levels.

Not all of your teeth are the same natural color. Usually your eye teeth tend to be darker than the others, your front teeth are typically the whitest, and molars tend to be a shade between the two. The goal for everyone is to achieve their individual optimum whiteness while still looking natural.

See the following case studies for an example:

Case Study – Stained and uneven teeth

Concious of a slightly discoloured and uneven smile our client wanted to revitalise her image with porcelain veneers and teeth whitening.
Treatment: 6 upper porcelain veneers
1 Inlay
1 Composite filling

Case Study – Protrusion and gaps

Our client had always been unhappy with the protrusion and gaps between her upper front teeth. Porcelain veneers were used to close the gaps, align the protrusion and lighten the teeth.