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Can you whiten teeth that have a naturally yellow tint? my teeth have always been a light yellow color, and i'm not a smoker or coffee drinker. i've been told that the color of your dentin can affect what shade of white or yellow our teeth appear to be. w

6 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Lee Patalowski answered

Specializes in Dentistry

I have found that yellow teeth whiten the best and show the most dramatic difference. Greyish teeth do not whiten as well. If you never whitened your teeth before, you will also see a more dramatic difference.

Answered Mar 25, 2018



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Dr. Alan Zweig answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

I agree with dr. Patalowski. My experience too is that yellowish tinted teeth get the best result. Give it a try. You have very little to lose (time and money) and a good upside.

Answered Mar 11, 2018


Dr. Lance Timmerman answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

You should be able to get whiter teeth coming from a yellow tint. Grey tinted can be more difficult, so you should be fine. Depending on your goals, simple methods may be enough, such as white strips and products from a store. More dramatic changes are best done under supervision of a dentist.

Answered Oct 4, 2016


Dr. Michael Dolby answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Surgery

A yellow color to your teeth is unfortunately the natural color of your teeth and responds the best to professional teeth withering. Unless your dentin is stained from either Fluoride or antibiotics when the teeth were first developing around 2-4 yo, you should have great results.

Answered Aug 1, 2018



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