Shade and advice on veneers?

Hey, my dentist identified my teeth shade as being an A3.5 shade. I am considering veneers, what shading would you recommend? Also considering it being A3.5, yellow colored. Would I need to do the bottom teeth as well? She did not recommend whitening. My teeth are decayed but was told that there is sufficient enamel for veneers. Thank You

Doctor Answers 5

Veneer shade

It is totally up to you.  The lighter shade you use, the more veneers you have to do.  Generally I like to bleach the patient teeth and do a natural color which is B1, specially if you are not doing your lower teeth.    

Shade advice for veneers #DrSoftTouch

Several factors should be considered when selecting the shade for your veneers. First, how many veneers will be placed? Veneering every tooth that is visible when you smile would allow you to choose a much lighter shade. Second, your skin tone should be taken into account when selecting your tooth shade.  A shade may look great on someone you know, but may look lighter or darker on you, depending on your skin tone. These are important things to consider so your veneers look natural and great. I hope this helps! Click "save" under my name, if you'd like to ask me more questions in the future.

Sarah Thompson, DMD
Saint Louis Dentist
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What shade should I pick

There are many factors that go into what shade to pick for your veneers. First, the number of veneers placed will have a tremendous impact on what shade I recommend you pick. If your teeth are A3.5 which is a dark yellow shade, and you only place 4 to 6 veneers, your limited on how light of a shade you can choose. Your goals of the treatment also play a huge part in choosing a shade. Are you looking for a white Hollywood smile, or something more natural. Other key factors to consider are your skin tone, eye color and personality type. I typically wouldn't recommend choosing a shade lighter than the white part of your eyes.

Michael D. Kosdon, DDS
Beverly Hills Dentist

Veneer Shade

I always recommend whitening prior to placing veneers if the shade is not something we would be happy with at the end of treatment. If you're happy with the shade of your teeth and A3.5 will be the shading of the veneers, that's ok. If you're not happy with the shade or you think maybe down the road, you might consider wanting whiter teeth, I would say whiten now. If the shade of the veneer is A3.5, you won't need to whiten the lowers. Otherwise, you should whiten the lowers so there isn't a disparity between top and bottom. I can't comment on whether or not you might need veneers for the bottom. You just may need them whitened. I hope this helps!

What shade should veneers be?

There is more to this question than just picking a color. What is your age? What color are your eyes, hair and skin tone? These things need to be taken into account so that the veneers won't look false. Also, the whiter you choose to go the greater the need to either veneer your lower teeth or whiten them.  Ask your dentist why they didn't address your lower teeth. Before you move forward with treatment make sure you are comfortable with your decision.

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