After veneer revision, front teeth are darker in certain lighting. Should I just have those 2 replaced? (photo)
Doctor Answers 4
My veneers appear darker in dim lights...
I understand that all of the veneers are likely the same material, but the two central incisors are a lot bigger and thicker than your other veneered teeth, so they are less likely to allow low levels of light to pass through. If you want to correct this, you can consider having the two front veneers redone to match in shade. Personally, I do not think people will notice much, but it's all about what makes you happy, so it should be exactly like you want it.
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Sarah Thompson, DMD
CHALLENGING BUT THIS CAN BE DONE.
If dark tooth structure is not the issue, then the lab my have somehow made those two crowns darker. You could try to have just those two replaced but that may make matching the shade to the other crowns difficult. Although this can be done, it will be easier if the lab is available to match these crowns by being able to see your other front teeth in person. This can be done by the lab technician coming to your doctors office or by you visiting the lab that is doing the work.
My two front teeth look different in different lighting conditions
One thing I see in the second photo, is that your lip hangs down more than normal over your front two teeth, and that, in itself, will make the teeth look darker. Anything in a shadow (your teeth from your lip) will appear darker (darker, lower value).
What might be the answer you are looking for (other than the lip shadow effect just mentioned) is to have the crowns and veneers replaced with a more opaque porcelain, which will appear lighter/whiter/higher value in darker lighting conditions. However, when doing that you lose some of the natural translucency that makes the teeth look more "real". Thus, you may have to choose, whiter teeth or teeth that look more "real."
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