Thinking about a smile makeover with porcelain veneers? These custom-made dental restorations can dramatically transform your smile by straightening and reshaping your teeth and making them whiter and brighter.
Here are five tips to help you choose the right veneer color for your one-of-a-kind smile.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. They’re usually made of porcelain, which is durable and can last for years with proper care. Veneers are a popular way to fix cosmetic problems like discoloration, chipped teeth, and gaps.
How to Choose Your Veneer Color
1. Embrace Natural Shades of White
Not everyone can pull off blindingly white teeth, so opt for a shade that looks natural on you. Our Arlington dentist, Dr. Macalik, will guide you through an array of choices, ranging from dazzling whites to subtler tones.
2. Harmonize with Your Bottom Teeth
If you’re thinking about getting veneers only for your upper teeth, make sure the color matches your lower teeth. Otherwise, your smile might not look right, even if you’ve had professional teeth whitening.
To achieve a balanced look, you might want to consider getting veneers for both your top and bottom teeth. You can talk to Dr. Macalik to figure out what’s best for you.
3. Use Visual Tools for Shade Selection
Dr. Macalik may use a veneer shade card to help you pick the color of your veneers. This chart shows the different colors that teeth can have underneath. It has categories like reddish brown, reddish yellow, gray, reddish gray, and bleach shades. Each category is divided into smaller groups to help find the exact color you want for your veneers.
4. Consider Your Facial Features
When picking the right veneer color, think about your eye color, skin tone, and age. You don’t want your veneers to stand out too much from the rest of your face. A good tip is to choose a veneer shade that’s not whiter than the whites of your eyes.
If you have darker skin, avoid really white veneers, as they can look fake. People with lighter skin can usually go for whiter veneers without it looking too different. But remember, everyone is different. Dr. Macalik will look at your unique features and suggest a veneer color that suits you best.
5. Take Your Time and Consult with Experts
Porcelain veneers are a long-term investment, and you’ll be living with your color choice for decades. Take your time, do your research, and ask us questions.
It’s okay to go home and think about it or to schedule multiple appointments to discuss your options. Don’t rush the process — we want you to be happy with your final veneer color choice.