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HOW WHITE A SMILE? Those looking to emulate the purewhite smiles of magazine-cover models should know that “Chiclet teeth” are more a matter of photo enhancement than reality. Patients should bear this in mind when undergoing teeth-whitening and tooth-replacement procedures. In the latter case, the dentist makes aesthetic decisions based on tooth size in relation to surrounding teeth, surface texture, contour, shape, and color. As far as tooth color is concerned, teeth are not completely white, but are made up of yellows, blues, grays, greens, and oranges. Thus, unless a patient is set on a career in the movies, he or she would be better off with lighter teeth that mimic enamel’s subtle range of hues than with pure white teeth. Even the subtlest change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel about yourself. At PLATTE VALLEY DENTAL CLINIC, we invite you to talk to us about the cosmetic dental options most suitable for you, what your expectations are, and the dental fees involved. We are a highly qualified and experienced team of professionals. We’re located at 3915 N. 4th Ave., where our entire staff is thoroughly trained, skilled, and sensitive to your needs. Our goal is to make each visit to our office a comfortable and positive experience. PH: 308.234.2828. P.S. Teeth tend to be darker at their bases than at their edges.