Dentist wants to replace existing veneers w/opaque to prevent show through. I prefer translucent. (photo)

Are there alternatives? My dentist is replacing my veneers because they are yellow and bulky. He's been shaving down the veneers to see if he can achieve the shape I desire before making new impressions. During this process he shaved down so far that you can see some show through. He said once the veneers are removed he will do more prep on that tooth but will probably go with opaque veneers to make sure you can't see that tooth. I don't want opaque veneers. Any suggestions?

Doctor Answers 2

Opaque Veneers to Cover Dark Teeth

Choosing veneer opaqueness depends on the darkness of the tooth structure underneath the veneer.  More translucent veneers look more natural but let more color through and more opaque veneers look less natural but block more color.  When your dentist prepares your teeth for the veneers, they should be taking a shade match of your teeth underneath with a photo and sending it to the lab.  Then the lab can look at your shade underneath and the final shade you are trying to achieve after you are all done and choose the appropriate ingot opaqueness for the veneers that will be a good balance between opaqueness and translucency.  The thickness of the veneer will also affect the color transmission.  Your dentist should try on the veneers with try-in cement paste for you to see the final color prior to bonding to make sure that you are happy with the final look. 

Calgary Dentist

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Translucent veneers do indeed look more natural than opaque. Your dentist should be able the prep your teeth more, allowing for thicker veneers that will prevent show through without being bulky. I always recommend okaying your restorations before having them permanently bonded. That way, any necessary changes to shade, shape and fit can easily be made.  I hope this helps.  Follow me for more questions and answers.

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