If you are considering the treatment options of veneers, shade selection could be more challenging than deciding whether to get veneers in the first place.
Picking a shade which blends in well with your teeth, skin and facial features will require you to work with your dentist to ascertain an accurate contrast that suits you best.
Therefore, your shade selection is crucial to achieve your desired results. Because of this, we have outlined what is involved in getting veneers and provided you with tips on how to carefully select the right shade for you.
What are veneers?
Veneers are a popular way to enhance the look of your smile. Veneers are a thin layer of dental material which are placed over your teeth. As a result, they improve the aesthetic look of your teeth and help protect your teeth from further damage. Depending on the material, veneers can last over 10 years if you regularly maintain your oral hygiene.
Generally, veneers can be made from two different types of materials: porcelain and composite resin. Composite veneers consist of composite resin, a white filling material which are shaped directly inside your mouth. Porcelain veneers are made from porcelain which is stronger and more durable than composite resin and is made through a laboratory.
Furthermore, veneers are custom-made to ascertain an accurate shape and colour to match your surrounding teeth. Depending on your case, you can expect to visit your dentist around three times throughout the treatment process.
At The White Bite, we offer several veneer treatments options including our Veneer Smile Makeover packages starting from $2,575. Fill out our free online consultation form so that we can recommend the best treatment option suitable for you.
When should you get veneers?
If you are looking to restore or enhance your natural smile veneers are the perfect option for you. There are several underlying reasons why patients undergo this type of treatment. You should get veneers when your teeth are:
- Stained or discoloured
- Chipped or cracked
- Widely spread apart
Why do veneers come in different shades?
If you decide to get veneers, one of the first choices you will have to make is the shade selection of your veneers. When selecting the shade, there are several things you must consider such as the colour of your surrounding teeth. In the end, you do not want you veneers to stand out or out of place as this can make your teeth look unnatural. However, if you do wish for a lighter result, you may require more veneers to cover more teeth.
How do pick a veneer colour?
To ensure you choose the suitable colour for your veneers, your dentist will use a shade card and compare it with your teeth.
Shade cards help your dentist to colour match your teeth with your new veneers as accurately as possible. A shade card comes in four different colours:
- Reddish brown (A)
- Reddish yellow (B)
- Grey (C)
- Reddish grey (D)
- Bleach Shades (BL)
Tips for shade selection
For the shade matching process, your dentist will place the shade card adjacent to your teeth and select an accurate match. As a result, your veneers will be made to match this colour.
Don’t rush the shade selection
Take your time when you and your dentist are selecting your veneers’ shade selection. Make sure you choose the right option for you. Discuss your wishes and desired outcome with your dentist. It is important to select the shade of your veneers carefully as they will last a long time.
Use your eyes for guidance
In general, your veneers should not be any whiter than the whites in your eyes. The whites in your eyes can be used a guideline when deciding on the brightness of your veneers.
Consider your surrounding teeth
In most cases, you will not receive veneers on all your surrounding teeth. You may choose to get them whitened before you undergo your veneer treatment.
To enhance your aesthetic look, it is recommended that you choose a shade selection to match your natural teeth. However, you should further consult with your dentist to obtain your desired outcome.
Do some research
Before you undergo or even consider getting veneers you should do some research on similar veneer cases on our website. By doing this, you will begin to understand how well different shades interact and look on people.
Furthermore, you can understand how well your veneers will match your surrounding facial features such as skin undertones and eye colour. Therefore, you will be able to select the right shade for your treatment.
Book an appointment
Are you looking to get veneers? The White Bite offers a variety of veneer smile makeover packages catered towards your needs.
Additionally, you can start your smile journey today with our free online consultation form.
Alternatively, you can book an appointment online 24/7 or contact our friendly staff to consult with one of our dentists.