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Teeth Color Chart: Tooth Shade Images

The teeth color chart is the layman's term for the VITA classical shade guide which your dentist uses to pick out your tooth color. This is important because this color guide is used for the color selection of your dental veneers, crowns, implants, dentures and tooth fillings.

VITA classical tooth shade guide
Tooth Color Chart by VITA classical shade guide

Without it, we would have a hard time matching any of the restorations in your mouth to your adjacent teeth. Therefore it is important that you know what this is and how to use it. Of course, we'll bombard you with photos of every one of the tooth colors so be prepared for photos galore.

Table of contents:

What the letters and numbers mean

The shades from the VITA classical guide are labeled with a "letter" followed by a "number". The letter and number combination refers to a specific color.

Tooth color chart "letter" definition:

  • The A shades have a reddish-brownish tooth color.

  • The B shades have a reddish-yellowish tooth color.

  • The C shades have a grayish tooth color.

  • The D shades have a reddish-grayish tooth color.

VITA shade guide instructions sheet

Tooth color chart "number" definition:

  • The lower the number, the lighter or whiter the shade. (Number 1 is the lightest)

  • The higher the number, the darker the shade. (Number 4 is the darkest)


All of the tooth shades with the same letter but different numbers are all part of the same color family. The different numbers will determine how "light" or "dark" each one is.

Example: A1 vs A4

  • Both tooth shades have a reddish-brownish color to them since they're part of the A color family.

  • The A4 is darker than the A1 since it has a higher number. You can call the A1 "whiter" than the A4.

a1 vs a4
a1 vs a4

Example: B1 vs B2

  • Both tooth shades have a reddish-yellowish color to them since they're part of the B color family.

  • The B2 is darker than the B1 since it has a higher number. You can call the B1 "whiter" than the B2.

b1 vs b2
b1 vs b2

A shades teeth color

The A shades are a reddish-brownish tooth color and there are a total of 5 different shades.

A tooth shades - A1 A2 A3 A3.5 A4
A tooth shades - A1 A2 A3 A3.5 A4

List of A-tooth colors:

  • A1

  • A2

  • A3

  • A3.5

  • A4

B shades teeth color

The B shades are a reddish-yellowish tooth color and there are a total of 4 different shades.

B tooth shades - B1 B2 B3 B4
B tooth shades - B1 B2 B3 B4

List of B-tooth colors:

C shades teeth color

The C shades are a grayish tooth color and there are a total of 4 different shades.

C tooth shades - C1 C2 C3 C4
C tooth shades - C1 C2 C3 C4

List of C-tooth colors:

  • C1

  • C2

  • C3

  • C4

D shades teeth color

The D shades are a reddish-grayish tooth color and there are a total of 3 different shades.

D tooth shades - D2 D3 D4
D tooth shades - D2 D3 D4

List of D-tooth colors:

  • D2

  • D3

  • D4

In case you were wondering, there is no D1 shade because it doesn't exist.


Alternative teeth color charts

VITA also manufactures a different tooth color chart called the VITA toothguide 3D-master with bleached shades. The naming system is different but the most prominent difference is the inclusion of the bleached tooth shades.

The photo below shows what this shade guide looks like.

VITA 3D master shade guide
3D masters guide

The teeth colors are mostly redundant with the classical shade guide so what we're going to focus on are the bleached shades, otherwise known as the hollywood whites.

Hollywood whites

The hollywood white teeth shades are extremely wide and are considered unnatural because teeth aren't naturally this color. The only way to get them this white is with excessive teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

There are two different bleached shade guides: 0M and BL

0M tooth color chart
0M tooth color chart

0M bleached tooth color chart:

  • 0M1 (Whitest)

  • 0M2

  • 0M3 (Darkest)

Bleach BL shade guide - porcelain veneers
BL tooth color chart - bleached shades

BL bleached tooth color chart:

  • BL1 (Whitest)

  • BL2

  • BL3

  • BL4 (Darkest)

Bleached shades vs A4

It may be a little hard to appreciate just how white these teeth colors are. It helps if you compare it to one of the darkest tooth colors, A4.

Bleached shades vs A4 (darkest natural color)
Bleached shades vs A4 (darkest natural color)

I believe we can all agree that without a shred of doubt, these bleached shades are incredibly white. Whiter than paper if we dare say! As you may have guessed, these shades are very popular as veneer colors because everyone loves having white teeth.

So, what color are your teeth? If you want whiter teeth perhaps you should consider some teeth whitening with our dentists in Long Island City.


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About the author: Dr David Chen, DDS

Hello, I'm Dr Chen and I'm an actively practicing dentist in Long Island City, NY. I graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2016 but prior to going to dental school I was already working in the dental field. It's been more than a decade since I first got to know dentistry and let me tell you, time flies by quickly. Since then I've developed a fondness for writing, which is how this all got started!

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Medical Disclaimer:

This blog is purely meant for information purposes and should not be used as medical advice. Each situation in your mouth is unique and complex. It is not possible to give advice nor diagnose any oral conditions based on text nor virtual consultations. The best thing to do is to go in person to see your dentist for an examination and consultation so that you can receive the best care possible.

The purpose of all of this oral health information is to encourage you to see your dentist and to inform you of what you may expect during your visit. Due to the unfortunate nature of dentistry, there isn't really any true home remedies that will get rid of dental problems. Roughly 99.99% of them require in-person intervention by a healthcare professional.

Hint: That is the reason why you can't eliminate seeing dentists in your life!

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