Dental crowns and tooth colored fillings are very commonly used on the front teeth when treating decay or tooth trauma. The shade of porcelain, resin and composite materials allow your dentist to create a restoration that blends in naturally with the rest of your smile, minimizing the appearance that you have had dental treatment completed. We typically think of these treatments in terms of size, shape and price, but perhaps one of the most important aesthetic aspects of all is that of shade selection.
Teeth come in various shades and variations of color, with certain undertones and hues that make each and every smile unique. Thankfully, so do restorative materials. Selecting the most accurate filling or crown color allows the restored tooth to blend in with the rest of your teeth, instead of standing out. We may instinctively want a lighter colored restoration, but too much one way or another will cause the tooth to stand out from your other teeth and not appear natural.
Your dentist will most likely utilize natural lighting when selecting the shade of a large restoration such as a crown. There may be a large window in the treatment room, or your dentist may even take you outside with a mirror so that you can make the choice together. Unlike artificial lighting, natural lighting provides a better resource when selecting from dozens of shade variations.
Tooth colored fillings and crowns will not change shade over time, and cannot be lightened with tooth whitening products. If you plan on whitening your teeth at any point it in the future, it is recommended that this be done prior to having the tooth repaired. Doing so allows the new restoration to match the lighter shade of your teeth, instead of restricting you to a darker shade.
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
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