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Choosing the Shade of Porcelain Veneers

Matching colors is an important part of life on an almost daily basis. We open our closet and try to find clothes that match. We want to match the color of our furniture with the color of our walls. This color matching quest extends into cosmetic dentistry, with porcelain veneers.

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Veneers are thin coverings for teeth, used to correct blemishes like crookedness, gaps and color. When the dentist gives you veneers, how does he choose the correct color?

Well, there are a lot of factors to consider. First of all, most patients aren’t going to want their veneers to be the same color as their current teeth, since teeth darken over time. After all, many people get porcelain veneers for a brighter smile. But that doesn’t mean that the dentist will make your veneers as white as snow. In fact, if he did, it would probably make your face look abnormal. Too white results in a fake look.

You can work with Dr. Gleave to find the right shade for you. He will recommend certain shades, and explain the pros and cons of going brighter or darker. When you are consulting with Dr. Gleave, you’ll be able to see the whole range of shades available for veneers. You’ll be able to see how the different shades look in your mouth, and how they look against your skin tone. Before the procedure even begins, you’ll have confidence in the appearance of your mouth when the procedure is over.

Another important factor with porcelain veneers is their translucency, or opacity. What some people don’t realize is that real teeth have translucency, meaning they are not completely solid in color. When veneers have no translucency, this can bring a fake look to the teeth.

It may be important to ask friends and family members about the shade you have chosen, as they can best determine is the shade is a natural or unnatural look for you.

Remember that Dr. Gleave has years of experience with giving porcelain veneers to people in Salt Lake City and the surrounding area, so you can confidence in his advice.