If you’ve opted to invest in porcelain veneers for your smile makeover, you have some big decisions to make. One of the most important choices ahead of you is selecting the color of your veneers. That’s right – there is not only one shade of white teeth. In fact, you might be surprised at the number of options available and why choosing the right color veneers matters so much.
Here are just five tips for picking the right color for your porcelain veneers.
1. Bright white isn’t always the best white.
Some people can rock the blindingly white veneers and make them look like they’re part of their DNA but, for most people, too-white teeth look fake. The level of contrast between the color of your teeth and your other features play a major role in the shade of veneers that are right for you.
When your dentist holds the various options for veneer colors up to your teeth, you’ll see right away that some shades are just not right for you – and it’s good to figure that out now. Veneers are not one-size-fits-all. Thank goodness.
2. There is more to color than just color.
When getting veneers, the goal is to have a perfect smile that looks natural. Veneers are meticulously customized for each patient, but in more than just color. Translucency is the characteristic that lets light pass through the veneer and reflects light. The value of the veneer is how the brightness of the veneer is described. The value and translucency combo must be balanced for the most flattering look.
3. Skin color, age, and even the whites of your eyes matter.
There are a lot of existing features that influence how your porcelain veneers will look once they’re in your mouth. It’s not just the color of the veneers themselves that matter, but the color of your natural teeth underneath, the color of your skin, the shade of your eyes and the whites of your eyes, even your age and gender play a role.
4. Take your time.
You may be in a hurry to finally have the smile of your dreams, but you don’t want to rush perfection. Take your time when deciding which veneer color is right for you. Take advantage of digital smile design so you can look at your choices again and again. Live with your options for a few days and see how they feel before you say go.
5. Trust your dentist.
The dental lab that is crafting your veneers will do so at the direction of your Manhattan cosmetic dentist. You may have a vision for your new smile but listen to the wisdom and experience of the expert, too. Your dentist knows the characteristics that could tilt your smile makeover into the danger zone. Ultimately, your choices for your veneers are up to you, but your dentist will be very informative and offer the directions you need to make the best decisions about your veneers.
Ready to learn more about veneers and have the pleasure of customizing your new smile? Schedule your consultation with Dr. Michael J. Wei at his Midtown cosmetic dentistry office and get started.