Commercial teeth whitening products have grown exponentially over the last 20 years. The market has grown so much that even toothpastes want a piece of the action.
If you’d walked down the toothpaste aisle at Wal-Mart 20 years ago, you’d have noticed that “Tartar Control” were the two big buzzwords.
Nowadays, “Whitening” seems to be the best word to put on a toothpaste tube to make it sell.
The problem with most teeth whitening systems is that it’s often difficult to tell if your teeth are getting whiter since the change can be very gradual.
An Easy Way to Tell If Your Teeth Are Getting Whiter
One of the easiest ways to tell if your teeth whitening system is actually working is to simply ask your dental hygienist to grab a tooth shade guide at your next dental visit. Your hygienist can let you know what shade your teeth are.
Then you can try an over-the-counter teeth whitening system or get a professional-strength whitening gel from your dentist.
At your next visit, have your dental hygienist check your tooth shade again to see if the method you’ve used to whiten your teeth has actually made your teeth any whiter.
What If My Whitening Gel Came With a Shade Guide?
Some teeth whitening systems do come with a shade guide, but these are usually printed on paper. The shade guide that your dentist uses actually contains tooth-shaped pieces of plastic that allow light to pass through them, similar to your natural teeth.
This shade guide will generally be able to give you a better idea of what shade your teeth are before you start whitening your teeth.
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