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Can You Pick Your Shade of Veneers?

Can You Pick Your Shade of Veneers?

If you’re trying to decide whether or not you want dental veneers, you probably have quite a few questions. A few of the frequent ones we hear include: “do veneers hurt?” and “how long do veneers last?” You can find the answers to those and other FAQs on our veneers page, but, occasionally, patients will ask us more specific questions. One we recently heard was “can you pick the shade of your veneers?”

When you invest in veneers, you want them to be absolutely perfect. Depending on how many you get, they can be fairly expensive so, naturally, you want them to look as good as possible. A big part of making a beautiful smile using veneers is picking out the correct shape and shade. Both of those choices are ultimately yours to decide, however, listening to your dentist’s suggestions is incredibly important. Here’s why.

The right shade for you

Even on perfectly placed veneers, there can be a small line between the veneer and the natural tooth. Whitening helps minimize the appearance of this seam.

Before you pick out a shade for your veneers, there are a few questions both you and your dentist need to ask.

First, how many veneers are you planning on getting? Many patients opt to get veneers only on their top, front six teeth. That’s the “smile-line” for a lot — but not all — people. If, when you smile, you can see some of your bottom teeth as well, you may want to consider putting veneers on those teeth as well. This is especially important if you’re leaning towards getting a very vibrant shade of white for your veneers. If you only get veneers for those top front teeth but your bottom teeth are visible when you smile, the contrast between your veneers and natural teeth will be noticeable.

If you still want to stick to just those top six veneers, I recommend going for a more natural shade so the disparity between your top and bottom teeth isn’t quite so discernable.

Whitening and veneers

There is one way to (sort of) get around that disparity in shade between your veneers and your natural teeth: whitening. This is the second question you’ll have to ask yourself: are you willing to get whitening done before you get veneers? We recommend whitening because it helps minimize the visibility of the seam between the veneer and the natural tooth. If you get very white veneers, the seam between the natural tooth and the veneer has the potential to be quite obvious. With whitening, we can brighten up that natural tooth and make that seam less visible. It also helps bright, upper veneers match lower natural teeth.

For veneers patients, we recommend getting Kor whitening done a few weeks before getting veneers. Although it’s an additional expense, it can greatly impact how your new smile looks. It’s also important to note that, if you opt to get whitening, you can get whiter, brighter veneers since they’ll still blend in well with your natural teeth.

Want a true Hollywood smile?

If you want a really white, bright smile, you will have to get quite a few veneers to make your smile look both pearly white but also realistic. We never want patients to think their veneers, which were the perfect shade on the dial, look fake when in the context of their own smile. Both top and bottom veneers help ensure (more so than just whitening) a beautiful but still natural look.

Talk to your cosmetic dentist about your options and make sure to look at before-and-afters before deciding on what sort of smile makeover you’d like to have. If you’re located in North Carolina, feel free to set up a virtual or in-person consultation with our office! It’s completely complimentary and I’d be happy to go over any questions you have. See you then!

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