How good is color matching with veneers or Lumineers?
Steven Bader (Newton Centre, MA) on Sep 21, 2011
This is a great question that I get in my office all the time. The answer is yes and no. An dentist who has advanced cosmetic training, working with an excellent lab, can often achieve an acceptable match of one crown to a natural tooth. However, because even the best porcelain is a different material from tooth enamel, there will usually be some light conditions where the match is better and some where it is worse. Seek a highly skilled cosmetic dentist who can evaluate your particular situation. I hope that helps. Best of luck!
Michael Apa (New York, NY) on Sep 21, 2011
You have a much better chance with a veneer than a Lumineer because veneers are more personalized. It's not an easy task, takes a skilled dentist and laboratory and may take a few tries. It may be easier to veneer both front teeth to ensure a great color match.
Aziza Askari (Farmington Hills, MI) on Sep 21, 2011
Absolutely. Color matching has come a long way, and now itâ€™s practically an exact science. Be sure to see a cosmetic dentist, like Dr. Askari at Comfort Dental Spa in Farmington Hills, who offers the most contemporary shade matching technology, and youâ€™ll love the result! Whether you need a crown or veneer, Dr. Askari can help. www.comfortdentalspa.com
Debra Glassman (New York, NY) on Sep 21, 2011
When we are creating a restoration, we can match the shade of the original teeth using computers, photography and shade guides. Teeth have many different shades and details that we match to make the dentistry 'disappear' in your smile and look like you were born with beautiful teeth.
Christopher Baer (Aurora, CO) on Sep 21, 2011
In our office, this is something that is very predictable. We can match the color of a single tooth to the surrounding teeth. The darker the tooth, the more challenging it can be, but we have several options to explore and make a near perfect match, if not perfect. If you see a reputable cosmetic dentist, this should not be a problem. Ask to see cases he/she has done before.
Les Latner (Los Angeles, CA) on Sep 21, 2011
Color matching like you describe is one of the hardest things we cosmetic dentists have to do, but we do it all the time. Yes, you can get that tooth to match as closely as humanly possible. It takes talent between your dentist and the ceramist, but it can be done. Les Latner, DDS firstname.lastname@example.org
Leonard Tau (Philadelphia, PA) on Sep 21, 2011
Matching a single tooth can be one of the most difficult things to accomplish in dentistry. Normally we recommend veneering the front two teeth to prevent that from becoming a big issue. Normally veneering one tooth costs a lot more money because of the numerous times the case would need to go back to the laboratory
Amanda Seay (Mount Pleasant, SC) on Sep 21, 2011
Yes it is. Matching a single tooth veneer or crown to natural teeth is one of the most challenging procedures a dentist and ceramist takes on. It requires excellent photography to capture the exact color and detail of your tooth. It may take several veneer try-ins until the exact match is made.
Brian Gray (Washington, DC) on Sep 21, 2011
Color matching is the ART part of the art and science of Dentistry. An excellent result is accomplished by exvcellent communication between the doctor and lab technician. Veneers and Lumineers are really the same thing. Lumineers are simply a branded product name from DenMat. They are OK. They will have their staunch defenders but are really just veneers. Most cosmetic docs and lab techs will agree that hand stacked felpspathic porcelain is the best and most life like. Matching a single front tooth can be a challenge but CAN be accomplished. I often inform my patients that it may take 3-5 visits (with my lab man in the office!) to get a perfect color match on a single tooth. If the tooth is severly discolored it may require more tooth reduction to accomplish good block out and proper translucency.
Kamini Talati (Port Saint Lucie, FL) on Sep 21, 2011
It depends on the person matching the color. If a trained eye does the matching, the color can be very close to your natural shade. I would suggest a traditional veneer, though if the tooth is very short you may need a porcelain crown.