The Teeth Whitening Simulator was designed to help you understand how the color of your teeth affects the look of your smile. It is easy and fun to use! Simply select the Profile that best matches your features from the Menu, and the Simulator will automatically find the face that best matches yours. To see how different shades of whitening might affect your image, just move the Slider to see the smile in different values!
One of the biggest concerns during teeth bleaching is how white one should go. It is difficult to objectively look at yourself in the mirror and decide what your ideal level of whiteness should be. You don't want your teeth too yellow, and you don't want your teeth too white. Generally speaking, males look better with a color that isn’t an “in your face” bleach white shade, while women can pull off a whiter shade. Gender, Age, Skin Tone, and Hair Color are all factors you should take into consideration. Regis Philbin is a classic example of someone who has teeth that are too white for his demographic.
If you don’t “see yourself” in the simulated image, remember, there are billions of variations when it comes to facial features. The purpose of the Teeth Whitening Simulator is to give you an estimation of how tooth color affects the look of your smile based upon general information (including age & gender). The Simulator tries to provide the closest match based on your selection.
These shade values derive from the Vitapan Shade Guide. This is a universally accepted guide, systematically arranged from light to dark, that all dentists refer to when communicating shade color. It has been used in dentistry for over 40 years. Most recently, the makers of this guide (Vitapan) have come out with a 3D guide, but very few dentists have adopted it thus far. The values 010-040 are generally only attainable through bleaching.
There is a range of tooth coloration that most people, including dental professionals, define as being “natural.” Some people will have teeth that are inherently lighter or darker in shade than others, but if a person's tooth coloration falls outside of the range, appearing too white or dark, then their appearance takes on an unnatural, sometimes even freakish, appearance. Factors such as skin tone and hair color play a role in determining which tooth shades appear natural. Since these will change over the course of a lifetime, what is considered natural also changes as we age. Typically, a person's teeth will darken with time, so shades that may look natural for a teenager would seem unnatural for someone in their 60’s.
Now, look at those who surround you. What do you see? If you’re standing next to a supermodel or looking at a celebrity picture on a magazine cover - you may see shades of white only possible with expensive veneers or photo retouching. That’s why it’s important to keep your whitening goals realistic. Keep in mind the smiles you see everyday and aim for the lighter end of the "normal" range. These more "realistic" degrees of whiteness will be the ones that over-the-counter and in-office products & procedures are designed to help you achieve.
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