How Much Whitening is Enough?

You have a lot of choice how white should your teeth be—whether they are veneers or your own. And that judgment is something that can easily take you from a bright smile to a smile so white that it looks, well, too white. “Just like a little makeup can make a woman look healthy and vibrant, too much makeup can make her look aged and artificial, over-whitened teeth can give you a look that isn’t your best,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her cosmetic dentistry office in Phoenix. “Whitening looks best when it enhances and contributes to a look of youth and health.”

“In fact, teeth whitening has become the country’s No. 1 requested cosmetic dental procedure, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic dentistry,” reports CNN Health.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 65 percent of whitening is done or requested by women. Not surprising, really, as women have had more experience and success with makeup and cosmetic procedures that help them look youthful.

“Too much of a good thing stops being a good thing,” says Dr. Ford. “There is a big difference between a white smile and a smile that looks like poorly chosen dentures.” She continues, “The white of your teeth should not be whiter than the whites of your eyes.” When we meet people, we naturally look at their eyes first. If their teeth are distractingly white—whiter than the area around your iris—it becomes unbalanced. Overly-whitened teeth make the skin look dull and uneven.

cosmetic_dental_proceduresHow to achieve the right look for you? Ask the person with the most experience—your dentist. “There are many shades of white,” says Dr. Ford. “The white that’s right for your skin tone and your eye color may not be the same as your best friend’s. Your dentist has expertise, and knows what looks best on you. Don’t be afraid to discuss this before you begin,” she adds.

A white smile will do wonders for your face and your spirit, as long as it is a natural bright for you.


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