The A2 tooth color is a light reddish-brownish shade and it is the second most common color for teeth that people have. It is a part of the A family of tooth shades from the VITA classical shade guide and is in the middle of the color spectrum. It isn’t the whitest tooth shade nor is it the darkest.
Our purpose here is to not only tell you but show you what this color looks like. We’ll compare it to all of the other VITA tooth shades and bombard you with enough images for a lifetime.
What color is A2 tooth shade?
The A2 teeth color is actually a reddish-brownish color, although most people wouldn’t think of it as such. They wouldn’t call it white but they may call it slightly yellow.
Below is the manufacturer’s instructions describing all of the color shade families including the A shades. As you can see, the A shade of teeth color is considered reddish-brownish.
- Color hue – the hue typically refers to the color wheel.
- Color value – the value refers to how “light” the color is.
The diagram above shows you the difference between what the hue is and what the color is. That basically explains why the “A” shade is considered red-brown instead of “yellow”.
A2 compared to other “A” tooth shades
The color A2 is the second lightest color out of the entire family of tooth shades with “A”, from A1 to A4. The whitest one in the family is A1 while A4 is the darkest.
Below is a photo of the entire A-color line side by side to give you an overview of what these shades look like.
Since we know you love pictures, we’ll provide close up photos comparing each of the A shades to A2 individually.
A2 vs A1
This is what A2 looks like when compared to the “whitest” A color, A1.
A2 vs A3
The color A3 is the average tooth shade of for most populations and it is one shade darker than A2. It certainly looks more yellow or darker.
A2 vs A3.5
The coffee and wine drinkers may end up with tooth shade A3.5 which is pretty dark.
A2 vs A4
We don’t see A4 too often but you’ll probably agree with us that it is quite dark and if you have this color, you may want to consider teeth whitening.
A2 vs OTHER teeth colors
For completeness sake, we’ll be comparing what teeth shade A2 looks like against the other teeth colors such as the B, C, and D shades.
A2 vs B tooth shades
The B tooth color is more reddish-yellow and comes in shades B1 to B4.
A2 vs B1
A2 vs B2
A2 vs B3
A2 vs B4
A2 vs C tooth shades
The C tooth color is more grayish and comes in shades C1 to C4.
A2 vs C1
A2 vs C2
A2 vs C3
A2 vs C4
A2 vs D tooth shades
The D tooth color is more reddish-grayish and comes in shades D2 to D4. (There is no D1.)
A2 vs D2
A2 vs D3
A2 vs D4
A2 vs Bleached shades
Now we’re going to compare teeth shade A2 to the bleached shades. These colors are on the extreme of the tooth whiteness scale and aren’t considered natural since they do require whitening or veneers to achieve this color.
A2 vs 0M1
A2 vs 0M2
A2 vs 0M3
Are A2 teeth yellow?
We wouldn’t necessarily say that the shade A2 is yellow for teeth because it is one shade whiter than the average tooth color, A3. Therefore, you’re technically above average if your teeth are A2 in color.
- Shade A3 makes up 36.1% of the population.
- Shade A2 makes up 27.3% of the population.
- All of the other shades put together make up the other 36.6%.
Although your A2 teeth may not be yellow, it can be whiter because A1, B1, and C1 are all whiter than it.
Is A2 a good color?
To be quite honest, the color of your teeth have zero effect on their functionality. You can eat with it, chew with it, and speak with it just fine even if they’re super yellow and dark. Therefore, A2 can’t be a bad color at all.
However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so if you think A2 is not white enough, then perhaps it isn’t a good color for you.
The good news is that if you wanted to change the color of your teeth, you do have options such as teeth whitening or dental veneers. Those two treatments can potentially make your teeth much whiter.
Best color should match adjacent teeth
With that being said, if you were not looking at all of your teeth as a whole and you were picking a color for a single crown, the best color would be the one that matches the adjacent teeth.
The want all dental restorations to seamlessly blend in with the adjacent dentition so that no one can tell that you had dental work done. As an example, if all of your teeth were A2 but you decided to pick a B1 colored crown, it would stand out like a sore thumb.