There are so many ways to brighten your smile, but the least expensive and the most conservative way is to whiten your teeth. So what is the first step? I would recommend measuring where you’re at before you start. If I may explain.
Have you ever been on a diet? How do you know if it’s working? You measure. Before you start on the diet, you jump on the scale. And as time progresses with your diet, you jump on the scale to check if the pounds are coming off. How often do you jump on the scale? Every other day? Once a week? Before you start your diet, how many pounds are you hoping to lose? How many pounds would be a reasonable goal? The same types of questions can be asked when whitening your teeth.
How do dentists measure color?
Classic Vita Shade Guide Explained.
One tool that dentists use to measure color is a shade guide. There are numerous shade guides. But the most widely used by dentists is the Classic Vita Shade Guide. The way the guide works is that it is broken down by “families.” The Vita Shade Guide has 4 “families” or colors.
The four families are browns (A1 through A4), yellows (B1-B4), grays (C1-C4) and reddish grays (D2-D4). Within each family, the color is then categorized from light to dark.
As a dentist, I know that The yellows and browns are easier to whiten than the grays. I also know that we’re going to see bigger results when the patient starts in the 4’s. It’s so much fun taking a patient from an A4 to an A2. Or if a patient comes in and they already are a B1, Which is a very light color, I know that we can improve on the color, but the change may not be as dramatic.
Instead of arranging the tabs by color grouping, another way is to arrange them from lightest to darkest. : B1, A1, B2, D2, A2, C1, C2, D4, A3, D3, B3, A3.5, B4, C3, A4, C4
Now that you have this information and have decided to start whitening your teeth; and you also know what color you’re aiming for, It’s time to go to work.
Please give us a call. We would love to measure your color and explore the possibilities of your new whiter smile
Norman Medina DDS, graduated from Loma Linda University Dental School in 1994. He has been practicing dentistry in Midcoast Maine since 1994. He and his wife Lanita have four children.