Once someone decides they want veneers, the next questions we try and answer are:
How many veneers should I get? And, What color should I get for the veneers?
The answers to both of these questions are related. When deciding how many veneers someone should get, one of the first things we evaluate is how big is the person’s smile?
Then we have to factor in, what is the desired color of teeth that the person wants? How white do they want their smile to be?
When people smile a big smile, they usually show about 8 to 10 teeth of the upper teeth smile. If someone shows 10 teeth on the upper and wants the teeth to be super white, then we would say that that person would benefit from 10 upper teeth veneers.
If the person has whitened their teeth and the teeth have a good shape and are in good alignment, then we would consider doing less veneers. It all depends on what we’re starting with and what the end goal is. When deciding the color, we look at the patient’s skin tone, complexion and facial features to determine the best shade of teeth for them. If the patient is whitening their teeth and doing a few veneers, then the color chosen would be to match the newly whitened teeth. If the person is doing a full veneer smile of 10 teeth, then the person can do as white as they want. Most times we do Laser Teeth Whitening of the lower teeth to balance out the color between the top and bottom teeth. Some people are happy just doing their upper teeth smile with veneers and others do their top and bottom teeth smile with veneers.