How to Choose the Right Shade for Your Dental Veneers

By: Dr. Ernest De Paoli


If you’re like most patients who are thinking about getting dental veneers, you’re probably excited about the opportunity to get a brighter, whiter smile — but which shade of white should you choose? The answer will vary from person to person, and there are a number of factors to consider. At Advanced Smiles in Frisco, TX, Dr. Ernest De Paoli helps patients choose the size, shape, shade, and other characteristics of their dental veneers that will best help them achieve the smile they’ve been dreaming of. Here, you’ll find useful tips on how to choose the right shade of white for your veneers, what factors to take into account when selecting the best shade of white, and why they matter.

Can porcelain veneers make my teeth whiter?

Although porcelain veneers do not change the shade of your natural teeth, they can certainly be used to conceal yellow, stained, or dull teeth and give you a brighter, whiter, more uniform smile. Not only that, but dental veneers can help to mask other concerns in addition to tooth discoloration. Some of the most common complaints that lead patients to consider porcelain veneers include:

  • Yellow teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Chipped tooth
  • Small teeth
  • Short teeth
  • Uneven tooth length
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Gap between teeth

Choosing the correct shade of white for your veneers

Patients are often surprised to learn how many shades of white they can choose from when preparing to get dental veneers — and they may be even more surprised to learn that there is potentially such a thing as going “too white” with veneers. While it is certainly a matter of personal preference, choosing the brightest shade of white can leave a person looking more artificial than they would like. To ensure your veneers give you the pearly whites you want without appearing too unnatural, use these helpful tips:

Consider your skin tone

Patients with fair skin typically need brighter shades to achieve a smile that appears more white than yellow. Patients with darker skin, on the other hand, may have too much contrast between the skin and teeth when the whitest shades are used.

Consider your other teeth

Because most people’s upper teeth are more visible than their lower teeth, veneers are most commonly applied to teeth on the upper arch. However, it is still essential to take into account the shade of your lower teeth (or any other teeth that aren’t being treated with veneers) to ensure there is not too great of a contrast.

Think long term

Remember that porcelain veneers can last for 15 – 20 years or longer and are relatively stain-resistant, meaning the shade of white you select will stick with you for many years.

We understand that porcelain veneers are an investment and that your smile is often the first thing people see, so we are here to help you make an informed decision that helps you achieve a look you can love for years to come.

Give your smile a well-deserved upgrade with porcelain veneers in Frisco, TX

From stains to chips and so much more, porcelain veneers can conceal a wide variety of cosmetic concerns to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Learn more about the incredible transformations that are possible with porcelain veneers by calling Advanced Smiles to schedule your consultation with premier Frisco, TX dentist Dr. Ernest De Paoli today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.