Glendale Cosmetic Dentist Explains How We Match Tooth Shades With Dental Restorations

Written by Dr. McKay on Apr 18, 2017

When undergoing cosmetic and restorative dental treatment, you want to make sure that you achieve results that look natural and blend in with your smile. Our Glendale dentists take great pains to ensure that our patients love their post-treatment smiles, and one important component of that is color-matching restorations and materials.

Today we are talking about some of the treatments that allow us to color-match. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of color matching and customizing restorations and cosmetic treatments.

We are all individuals, and, as such, we naturally have different dental shades. Some people have teeth with yellow undertones, while others may have smiles with bluish tints. When our dental team completes restorative or cosmetic treatment, we first assess the patient’s existing smile to ensure that we can deliver natural looking results.

If you undergo dental bonding, which means that we use composite resin to resurface or repair your teeth, our team will shade the resin to blend with our enamel. Dental resin is exceptionally customizable—once the bonding process is complete, you really won’t be able to tell where the bonding ends and the natural enamel begins—that is why bonding is so great for filling in dental cracks and chips.

Another restorative material that our team frequently uses is porcelain. Porcelain crowns and veneers are used to achieve aesthetic as well as structural/functional results. Porcelain is such a popular material is because it is sturdy and it absorbs and reflects light similarity to real enamel. Our team uses porcelain that is custom-shaded to suit the patient.

When it comes time for you to undergo dental treatment, you want to make sure that you don’t settle for one-size-fits-all solutions. Our Glendale cosmetic dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, and help you make the best decisions for your unique smile. Give us a call to get started!