If you live in the area of Minneapolis and tooth whitening is on your mind, Bjorklund Dental Designs poses a question to you: How do you determine which shade of white is right for you?
White is white, no? You’ll quickly discover there’s more to it when it comes to choosing a product and procedure that’ll give you the results you want. The purpose of such a purely cosmetic treatment is to enhance how you view yourself, so it’s important to go into it with realistic expectations that won’t leave you disappointed.
The color of your teeth now has a tremendous influence on how “white” they will appear later. There are three terms you should become familiar with: hue, chroma, and value.
What is your “hue”? The underlying color of your existing teeth can be categorized in four ways: brown, yellow, grey, or reddish-grey. As unflattering as it may sound, one of those belongs to you. Your whitening results are subject to your teeth’s existing undertone. According to the American Dental Association, people who have a yellow undertone have greater degrees of whitening success than people with a brownish undertone. For those with gray undertones however, it’s important that they be realistic in their expectations because this hue is the least responsive to bleaching.
“Chroma” will describe the intensity of the underlying hue, while the “value” refers to its brightness. A dental professional evaluates all these factors in determining which whitening product and procedure will best suit you. So be sure to trust your winning Minneapolis smile to our tooth whitening experts here at Bjorklund Dental Designs!