Over the last few decades, porcelain veneers have boomed in popularity amongst celebrities and normal folk alike. The reason for this is that veneers elevate your look by making your smile appear brighter and more symmetrical.

To get the most out of your veneers, it is important to select the best color and shape for your look and needs. As a result, you will need to consider three big factors in order to choose the perfect veneer: tooth color, tooth shape, and face shape.

Tooth Color

The first factor to consider when choosing veneers is your current tooth color. Although the veneer will make your teeth appear brighter and cleaner, they should not be so different from the color of your natural teeth that they look odd against your face.

Typically, tooth color is determined by using a standardized dental color chart. This color chart is divided into four categories that include gray, reddish-yellow, reddish-brown, and reddish-gray. Within those four categories, there are 11 subcategories that account for a range of tooth color tones.

You will select a veneer that is about 2 shades lighter than your natural teeth. This color will make your teeth appear cleaner and brighter without looking odd or misplaced.

Tooth Shape

You will also need to consider the tooth shape you want. Since everyone has different preferences, tooth shapes, and face shapes, there are a number of options to choose from.

The Las Vegas Institute Smile Catalog is one of the most useful tools for veneer tooth shapes. This catalog includes twelve different styles to choose from:

  • Aggressive: Square shaped and uniform
  • Mature: Square shaped with rounded canines
  • Vigorous: Square shaped with sharp canines
  • Dominant: Square shaped with prominent front teeth and rounded canines
  • Focused: Slightly rounded with square central incisors
  • Enhanced: Slightly rounded
  • Softened: Rounded with a discreet curve
  • Hollywood: Square shaped with shorter lateral incisors
  • Functional: Slightly rounded with pointed canines
  • Natural: Slightly rounded with pointed canines
  • Youthful: Rounded with long canines
  • Oval: Rounded with round canines and incisors

Face Shape

The third factor you need to consider is your face shape. You will want your veneers to maximize and balance the shape of your face. Here are the veneers you might want to select based on your face shape:

  • Heart-Shaped Face: Rounded and shorter veneers
  • Oval Shaped Face: Square veneers
  • Round Shaped Face: Longer and more pronounced veneers
  • Square Shaped Face: Rounded veneers

Contact a Cosmetic Dentist

Veneers are a great way to enhance your look and make your smile perfect. Before getting veneers, it is important to consider your tooth color, tooth shape, and face shape.

More important than selecting the perfect veneer is choosing the most qualified and skilled cosmetic dentist for the procedure. Balle & Associates is a top dental provider that specializes in veneers and beautiful smiles. With the help of Balle & Associates, you will select the best veneers for your style and have them applied beautifully and safely.