One of the most significant factors that affects patients’ satisfaction with their porcelain veneers in Winnipeg is — perhaps not surprisingly — their dentists. Patients who choose dentists who use the most advanced techniques, technologies and materials and who specialize in helping them to understand, identify and achieve their cosmetic goals are among the most satisfied. Dentists who don’t invest in their patients’ priorities but who apply cookie-cutter approaches, on the other hand, often have the most disappointed patients. There’s one more key to completely satisfying patients with new veneers, too. The dentist — like the committed and dedicated dentists at Smiles On Portage — should be artists, too.
One of the most important and frequent challenges faced by a cosmetic dentist in Winnipeg is to ensure that dental restorations — including and perhaps especially porcelain veneers in Winnipeg — blend completely naturally with the color, texture and luster of a patient’s own teeth, gums, lips, and skin. It’s harder than it sounds and happens where art and science meet. Here’s how the best dentists do it.
The first thing to remember is that no one’s teeth are actually white. The last thing any dental clinic in Winnipeg wants to do is to place a starkly white veneer in your mouth. It would stand out like a lamp in a dim room. The first thing that a dentist near you will do is to determine what color your own teeth are at their healthiest and cleanest.
That word “color” is too narrow, though. A dentist near you isn’t trying to determine the color of your teeth so much as the shade of your teeth. The word shade includes three components: hue (the same as color), choma (how saturated or intense), and value (how light or dark the shade is).
When selecting the color for porcelain veneers near you, your dentist will use a shade guide that contains many dozen fake porcelain teeth in many shades. Starting with the value, then turning to the hue and the chroma, the dentist will select the shade that matches your own teeth from the shade guide.
Your Portage dentist will try to do this in an area illuminated by natural light or fluorescent light that mimics natural light. The dentist will avoid making these choices under regular incandescent light that will taint his perception of color.
If you are wearing bright makeup or clothes during this process, the dentist may drape you with a gray cloth to reduce color contrast from your clothing and to give the dentist a place to rest their eyes between glances from your teeth to the shade guide. Your dentist knows that an eye’s rod cells tire if asked to perceive color for more than seven seconds without a chance to reset with something neutral.
At the end of this process, you and your dentist will agree on the shade to be provided to the dental technicians who will prepare your veneers. The commitment of your dentist and their staff to achieving your cosmetic goals — right down to the level of color selection — will shine in your bright smiles of satisfaction once all dental procedures have been completed.
Are you contemplating cosmetic dentistry options but are concerned about being unable to achieve a natural result at the end of the process? Hopefully, this glimpse into this stage of the process reveals just how seriously your dentist at Smiles On Portage in Winnipeg will take the chance to prepare the perfect dental veneers to unleash your smile — a smile you’ll be proud to show off every day.