I have very white teeth. Yet, when I got porcelain veneers they weren’t quite as white as my teeth. I asked my dentist about it and he said both he and the lab are willing to re-do them. However, they warned me that to get them that white will require some opacity. I don’t want them to look fake. Should I do them that white?
You aren’t alone in wanting very white teeth. If you talk to dentists who do a lot of work for celebrities, you’ll hear they do the same. The key to having this work out beautifully is to make sure you have an experienced and artistic dentist. The cosmetic dentists who are in the top 1% of their field are AACD accredited. I’m a tad concerned that your current dentist seems to be mildly discouraging you from your desired smile.
Cosmetic dentists know that you are creating the dream smile the patient wants. Their job is to find the most beautiful way to do that. Some cosmetic dentists have a term for the type of white you want— ballistic white. There is a slight trade-off with opacity, but that is generally noticeable only at a very close distance. A good cosmetic dentist will still get that natural sparkle in there.
My experience has been people don’t get their porcelain veneers very white and wish they had it more “natural” looking. However, there have been many patients who have had a more natural-looking smile who regretted not getting a whiter one. Get the smile you want.
If you can’t find an AACD accredited dentist in your area, you can look on the mynewsmile.com website. They screen cosmetic dentists for both their technical knowledge and training as well as their artistry. Many of them are either accredited or on their way to accreditation. A cosmetic dentist from either group should be able to get your porcelain veneers as white as your teeth have gotten with your teeth whitening.
This blog is brought to you by Hilton Head Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Bonnie Rothwell.