10 May What shade of white should your teeth be wearing?
I recently received a copy of Oral B’s Smile Report 2013, which is full of interesting facts and stats about teeth.
For example, 3 out of 4 dentists say that yellow teeth are the biggest problem with British smiles, and that 75% of us are asking for whitening treatments.
During the 19th Century, having dazzling teeth was seen as a status symbol, and the cosmetic dentists of the time were actually barbers who would treat teeth using nitric acid, a highly corrosive mineral acid.
Thankfully, we no longer have to resort to acid or other outdated methods including leeches, urine (both 400 B.C-400 A.D) and bleaching agents (1877) in the quest for gleaming teeth.
But before you book in for a pro whitening treatment, according to top dentist Uchenna Okoye, not everyone suits bright white teeth. To get an idea of what the most natural colour is, she looks at the whites of clients’ eyes. The bigger the difference between eye colour and your tooth colour, the more stunning whiter teeth will look.
She also recommends you consider your skin tone, as this should affect the shade you choose – see the chart below:
If you have pale skin, push the white so you can see a difference against your light skin tone. Okoye suggests PW7 or PW4, two shades which are popular in the US.
If you have pale skin and dark hair, you should go for a shade around A1 or A2.
With dark skin, Okoye recommends shades A2 or A3, which are slightly darker. The contrast between skin tone and teeth shade is bigger, so you don’t have to go quite as white.
Personally I think that a lot of the swatches in the booklet look rather dark, but you get the idea; a good cosmetic dentist will be able to advise on the right shade for you.