How to choose the best veneers for your face shape?
Porcelain veneers have gained immense popularity in recent years, making them one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures. Cosmetic veneers can correct all cosmetic dental problems, including minor misalignment, crooked teeth, gaps between the teeth, permanently discolored teeth, small cracks on the teeth, and many more. If you are self-conscious about the shape, shade, size, or general appearance of your otherwise healthy teeth, you can get cosmetic dental veneers.
However, when it comes to cosmetic veneers, you have numerous options to choose from. You have to choose the ideal porcelain veneer color and shape according to your face shape. If you select the incorrect shape or shade, you will be stuck with them for at least a decade, or you’ll need expensive refinement procedures. Below, we provide an overview of the types of cosmetic veneers and the best veneers for your face shape.
The ideal color for your porcelain dentistry veneers
While selecting the ideal color for your porcelain veneers, the dentist will use a standard dental color chart. The chart is divided into four major sections for the primary color tones — gray, reddish-yellow, reddish-brown, and reddish-gray. Each of these sections includes 11 possible tones. You should ideally select a shade that’s two tones lighter than your natural teeth color to ensure they look natural. However, your cosmetic dentist will perform a thorough analysis to ensure you’re selecting the ideal shade.
The ideal shape for your cosmetic dentistry veneers
Porcelain veneers are available in a wide range of shapes, each suitable for different face shapes. All teeth are different, and so you will have an endless variety of shapes to choose from. The cosmetic dentist may help narrow down the selection, and some dentists also use virtual simulation software to help you visualize the results of each shape on your face. Generally speaking, cosmetic veneer shapes can be categorized as aggressive, mature, vigorous, dominant, focused, enhanced, softened, Hollywood, functional, natural, youthful, or oval.
The following is a brief overview of the dental veneer shapes:
- Aggressive: Square and uniform veneers, common amongst males
- Mature: Square veneers with slightly round canines
- Vigorous: Square veneers with pointy canines
- Dominant: Square teeth with rounded canines and prominent front teeth
- Focused: Slightly curved veneers with square incisors
- Enhanced: Slightly curves dental veneers
- Softened: Rounded veneers with slight curves
- Hollywood: Square veneers with short lateral incisors (the most popular veneer)
- Functional: Slightly curved veneers with pointy canines
- Natural: Slightly rounded veneers with extremely sharp canines
- Youthful: Rounded veneers with long and prominent canines
- Oval: Rounded veneers with curved/ soft canines and incisors
The ideal shapes for your face shape
- Heart-Shaped Face: Focused, softened, natural, youthful, and oval veneers
- Oval-Shaped Face: Mature, aggressive, vigorous, and dominant veneers
- Round-Shaped Face: Veneers that are long and pronounced
- Square-Shaped Face: Softened, focused, youthful, and other rounded veneers
Will it be easy to get used to my porcelain veneers?
You might need a few days to get used to the sensation of porcelain veneers on your teeth. On average, patients take one week to get used to the feeling, though some patients may also feel them for two to three weeks. The sensation isn’t painful or uncomfortable.
Are porcelain veneers permanent?
Porcelain veneers aren’t considered to be permanent because they have a lifespan of around 10 years, following which they must be replaced. Some patients can extend the lifespan of their porcelain veneers to 20 years with optimal oral hygiene and maintenance.
Can dental veneers be repaired?
Your cosmetic dentist can smoothen slight cracks on the veneers with dental contouring procedures. However, if your dental veneer is cracked or broken, the dentist will have to take impressions to create a new veneer for you. To prevent damaging your dental veneers, please don’t open objects with your teeth, don’t chew ice cubes or bite other hard objects, and wear mouthguards while playing sports. If you suffer from bruxism, please wear a night guard while sleeping to minimize the damage caused by regular clenching of your teeth.
Will my insurance cover veneers?
Dental insurance generally covers restorative procedures deemed to be medically necessary, not elective procedures. Dental veneers are generally considered to be cosmetic procedures because they can only address cosmetic concerns, such as discoloration, small cracks on your teeth, minor misalignment, and other such problems. As such, your insurance probably won’t cover dental veneers. However, you can talk to your dentist about possible third-party financing options that can minimize your immediate out-of-pocket burden.
Schedule an appointment to explore your cosmetic dentistry veneer options in Sunny Isles Beach
Sunny Dental is one of the most advanced and reputable cosmetic dental clinics in Sunny Isles Beach and Wilton Manors, FL. Our dental clinic is led by an award-winning team of dentists specializing in the latest and safest cosmetic dentistry veneers procedures. They carefully examine your facial anatomy and discuss your goals to recommend the ideal veneers for your face shape and preferences. If you’re confused about selecting the correct dental veneers, the dental team can also show examples to help you select the ideal veneers for yourself. Please schedule an appointment to explore your porcelain veneer options at 17100 Collins Ave., #213, Sunny Isles Beach, FL.