I am finally getting a smile makeover and I am trying to pick the color so I know what I want to get when I see the dentist. I am thinking about a BL4 because I want a white smile, but I don’t want it to look unnaturally white. Do you think this is the right choice for me?
How exciting that you are finally getting the smile makeover you have always wanted! If you want quite a white smile, but not unnaturally white, I would say either a BL4 or an A1. To be honest, though, the key to a beautiful smile makeover is not the color you choose, but the artistry of the dentist.
You should be aware going into this that cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty. Any general dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist even though smile makeovers are not taught in dental school. If a dentist wanted to develop real skills in cosmetic dentistry, they would need to invest in post-doctoral training. It takes both technical skill and an artistic eye to create a beautiful smile.
A great cosmetic dentist will sit down with you and talk about what type of smile you want. They would go over the character (youthful, sporty, etc), color, and a few other things to have a real idea of the smile design you have in mind when you think about the smile of your dreams.
From there, the dentist will design the smile and make a mock up. Even after the lab finishes the porcelain veneers, your dentist should place them with a temporary try-in paste and make certain you get to look at them in a variety of lighting. You should be able to give your approval or suggest changes before anything is permanently bonded.
The safest way for you to find a true cosmetic dentist with real skill is to look for someone who is AACD accredited. These dentists have proven skill and artistry.
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.