How to choose veneers
Porcelain Veneers have gained widespread popularity in the NYC area. Their ability to correct structural and cosmetic dental issues in a short amount of time make them the most sought after of cosmetic dental procedures. When it comes to porcelain veneers, there are endless options to choose from. Selecting the right veneers for your face can be just as important as selecting the right cosmetic dentist.
There are many variables you and your dentist will have to consider when selecting the right veneers for your mouth. These variables include:
The appropriate color for your porcelain veneers is determined through the use of a standardized dental color chart. This chart is divided into four categories (gray, reddish yellow, reddish brown, and reddish gray) and eleven sub-categories for a wide range of tones.
You should select a shade for your veneers that is about two shades lighter than your natural teeth.
Choosing the right shape for your veneers is essential to giving you the most suitable smile for your face. Since every tooth is different, there are endless combinations to choose from. Smile libraries have been created to make choosing the right shapes a little easier. The Las Vegas Institute Smile Catalog is one of the most common indexes for tooth shape reference. This library is made up of 12 different styles of smiles and is very easy to choose from.
Aggressive: Square shaped, uniform teeth for a bold impression. Typically more common for males.
Mature: Square shaped teeth with slightly rounded canines.
Vigorous: Square shaped teeth with sharp and prominent canines.
Dominant: Square shaped teeth with more prominent front teeth and rounded canines.
Focused: Slightly rounded teeth with square central incisors.
Enhanced: Slightly rounded teeth
Softened: Rounded teeth with a more discreet curvature.
Hollywood: Square shaped with slightly shorter lateral incisors. This is one of the most popular veneer styles and typically preferred for male patients.
Functional: Slightly rounded shape with pointed canines for optimal function
Natural: Slightly rounded shape with very pointed canines.
Youthful: Round shape with longer canines
Oval: Round shape with rounded canines and incisors.
Be sure to consider the shape of your face when selecting veneers. Most faces fall into four major shape categories: heart, oval, round, and square. Each type of face has an optimal tooth size and shape to balance the features and have you looking your best.
Heart Shaped: Faces that are heart shaped work better with rounded and shorter veneers.
Oval Shaped: Faces that tend to be more oval in shape look better with square teeth which help widen and add fullness to the face.
Round Shaped: Faces that are rounded look better with longer more pronounced veneers.
Square Shaped: Faces that are square with defined jaw lines look better with rounded teeth as they soften the features.