Teeth Whitening: How White is Too White?

Posted Aug 25th, 2017

Teeth Whitening: How White is Too White?

If you’re considering whitening your teeth, you may be wondering: how white is too white? Here are some tips for teeth whitening to help ensure you don’t go a step too far.


We’ve all seen it. Whether it’s someone you know, or perhaps a celebrity at a big event or on TV, some people just go a bit too far when they whiten their teeth.

It gets to the point that the teeth are so white that they begin to look strangely unnatural or artificial. When this person smiles, it’s kind of like looking into the sun… you’re a little worried you might be blinded if you look straight at those super bright, glaringly white teeth.

If you’re considering whitening your teeth, it’s important to keep in mind that it is possible to take things a little too far. You want your teeth to be lighter and healthier looking, but you still want them to look natural.

And aside from appearances, there are some serious oral health issues that can result from bleaching your teeth too much. You can actually wear away your enamel, increasing the likelihood of decay, and giving your teeth a translucent, blue or grey appearance.

When to Stop

When whitening your teeth, the ideal shade is ultimately one that more or less matches the whites of your eyes. Once you’ve reached that shade, you can stop! We guarantee your teeth will be plenty white enough at that point.

Also be sure to consult with your dentist about whitening, in particular if you are using over the counter whitening products. You’re more likely to go too far if you’re going it alone.

Don’t compare your teeth to those you see in the mouths of celebrities. While this level of whiteness may work for people whose job it is to be constantly in front of a camera, it just won’t look right on most people in person.

And remember, teeth are not actually supposed to be stark, bright white. They have a natural pale yellow undertone, and that’s fine!

If you’re considering whitening your teeth, please be sure to contact our Delta dentists for a consultation.

Get on the path to a brighter, healthier smile. Contact Ladner Village Dental today!