Dental veneers are thin shells — often made of porcelain or another composite material — that are designed to fit over teeth. These shells can be fitted to make an individual’s teeth appear more straight, evenly-spaced, and brighter. They can also be used to repair broken or chipped teeth, misaligned teeth, and unsightly gaps. Veneers are a durable option for those who are looking to optimize their bite and improve the aesthetic of their smile.
Why do shape and shade matter?
When choosing veneers for yourself, it is important to find the right shape and shade. There are often two options at this stage: either choosing an individual veneer that matches the shape and shade of your natural teeth or choosing a set of veneers and picking the shape and shade based on your ideal look. This cosmetic solution can be customized based on your own preferences but there are also a few things to keep in mind when picking out your veneers. Here is a breakdown of how to choose the right shape and shade of your veneers:
- Identify the issues you have with your teeth
Before exploring your dental veneer options, it is important to first identify what kinds of problems you have with your natural teeth. Are they damaged, chipped, or broken from an accident? Are they misaligned? Do you have gaps between teeth that you would like to have filled? These questions will help direct your treatment plan — whether it is for cosmetic reasons or functionality — so you can choose the perfect veneers for your unique situation. For those who have one or two teeth that may be misaligned, chipped, or have gaps, individual veneers may be the most appropriate options, rather than covering each tooth with a veneer. However, individuals who have a number of issues with their teeth may opt for a complete transformation — often as a cosmetic solution.
- Choose a shape that complements your face
Once you have identified why you need dental veneers, you can start to choose individual sizes and shapes. The easiest way to maintain consistency and find a shape that matches your face and smile is to match the shape to your existing teeth. In this way, you can preserve the natural aesthetic of your smile while simultaneously fixing the issues you experience with your teeth. There are many shapes available — from rounded to sharp points — that can be customized to fit your mouth. If the shape of your natural teeth is an issue for you, do some research and find out which shape would provide the aesthetic you desire without sacrificing functionality.
- Compare samples of shades
Now that you have identified which teeth require dental veneers and which size and shape you intend to use, you must now choose the shade of your veneers. Once again, the easiest solution is to match the veneers to the shade of your natural teeth. It is important to compare samples of shades before committing, as different shades of white can stand-out if they do not complement the shade of your natural teeth. For those who are looking for a complete overhaul with veneers, you are free to choose any shade without worrying if it will match your natural teeth. However, it is still important to compare samples of shades and see how they will complement your smile, face, and skin tone. In this way, you can ensure your new smile looks both gorgeous and natural.
- Experiment with different styles
With today’s photo-editing technology, many people opt to experiment with different shades and shapes of dental veneers by photoshopping different styles on to their own smile. This will help give you an idea of what shapes and sizes will work with your natural aesthetic. By doing as much research and experimentation as possible, you are more likely to be satisfied with the results of your veneers.
- Test out temporary veneers
If you are struggling to find a set of dental veneers you are confident about, ask a professional dentist about temporary veneers. These veneers can be installed to individual teeth on a temporary basis, allowing you to “test drive” the shape and shade before committing to an entire set of veneers. This will allow you to experience the veneers throughout your everyday life. From seeing the shade in many different lights to testing out the functionality by eating your favourite meals, temporary veneers can help you avoid uncomfortable shapes and unsightly shades.
- Get some feedback
For many people exploring cosmetic solutions for issues with their teeth, choosing dental veneers is a difficult process. Get your friends and family involved in the process, and ask their opinion on different shapes and shades. In this way, you can ensure you get an honest opinion from someone whom you trust, which can give you the confidence to pursue this kind of cosmetic solution.
- Talk to your dentist
Always talk to your dentist about your teeth before committing to veneers, especially if they know the history of your teeth. Your dentist will have an innate understanding of the issues you are facing — both cosmetic and functional — and he or she will be able to recommend a variety of solutions to your specific problems based on your individual needs.
To learn more about choosing the right dental veneers for you, call Oakville Place Dental at 905-842-6030 or visit our website here.