I wanted to ask you a question because I’ve been told you are an expert cosmetic dentist. I am getting a full set of porcelain veneers, mostly to change the shape of my teeth. I have really white teeth already, so I didn’t need a lot of change in color. However, when my dentist put in the temporaries, they looked a little less white than the rest of my teeth. He said he could send them back to the lab and make them a little whiter but he was afraid they would have to be a little more opaque than this set. I don’t want them opaque, but I really want my teeth to match the white color I already have. What do you recommend?
Shari H.- Baton Rouge, LA
I’m hoping your dentist is an expert cosmetic dentist. If he’s saying they can’t be whiter because they need to look more natural, than I’m concerned maybe he isn’t. You can have really white porcelain veneers that are translucent.
In his defense, there is a extremely white coloring for teeth that some celebrities like that does need to be made a little opaque. However, it does not take away from its appearance. Some dentists call this ballistic white.
So, it appears you have a couple of choices. You can go ballistic white if you want your smile to shine from across a room and draw attention. If you just want a beautiful smile that is more of a natural white smile, you can tone it down a little.
By the way, there are a couple of ways to see if your dentist is an expert cosmetic dentist. One is to see if he is AACD accredited. Not every expert cosmetic dentist is, but that is a great gauge. Secondly, you can check the mynewsmile.com website and see if your dentist is one recommended for that are. This site only recommends expert cosmetic dentists. Dr. Hadgis is both recommended on that site and AACD accredited.
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