Is My Smile White? Or Not?

November 19, 2019

You may suddenly find yourself asking a question that you aren’t sure how to answer: Is my smile white? Of course, smiles are simply considered to be white but at what point, you wonder, does your smile classify instead as stained, discolored, dim, lackluster, or anything other than white? Does your smile shade look identical to that of your friend’s? While the topic may start to feel a little confusing, our Lake Orion, MI team would be more than pleased to offer clarification regarding what makes a white smile, what to do if you think yours could look brighter, and more!

There’s Not A Universal “White” For Teeth

It’s important that when you’re asking yourself whether your smile is white or if it’s something else, you realize there’s no universal marker for a bright grin. Instead, it’s more about comparing the current state of your teeth to the natural shade of white you started with when your teeth were new!

Teeth Vary In Whiteness

Patients often spend time trying to attain an exceptionally vivid white shade that they saw on television, in a movie, online, etc. However, we remind you it’s best that you don’t compare your smile to that of anyone else. Instead, work with us to determine the shade level that is most flattering to you if you are unhappy with what you currently see in the mirror. Or, celebrate what you’ve got! Teeth come in all shades that yield a feature considered to be a “white smile.”

Whether You Like What You See Is Personal

Again, if you like what you see, then that’s wonderful. If you don’t, then that’s not so great. We prefer to know that our patients are happy with their smiles not only by helping them achieve very healthy grins and structurally sound grins (and even balanced grins) but also by helping them achieve a confident shade. When you’re not thrilled with your smile’s lack of vibrancy, it’s time to let us know.

We Can Help Teeth Appear Whiter!

With all of this new information to consider about what makes a white smile, you may have decided that what you’re after is a whiter smile. No problem! When your smile is healthy enough to receive cosmetic care, you’re ready for teeth whitening or another of our treatments that will either remove or camouflage staining, so you can feel happy with your appearance!

Consider Helpful Whitening Information 

Get to know more about whether you feel good about the vibrancy of your own smile and also learn all about the ways our team may help you with cosmetic care, should you want a brighter grin! To schedule a visit for in Lake Orion, MI, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213.

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General Dentistry

General dental care provides preventive services along with feedback about your oral health. We provide important oral health reviews for patients of all ages.

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Advanced Dentistry

The right solution for an active oral health issue can give you more confidence in your smile along with the support to bite and chew comfortably.

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Children’s Dentistry

We strive to make every visit comfortable for the kids who depend on us, and we provide reviews and protection that helps you keep them safe from oral health threats.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

We offer conservative, lasting solutions to the flaws that rob people of confidence in the way they look when they speak and smile.