Are BL2 crowns too Hollywood bright for my dark skin? I finished Invisalign last year, but four of my teeth are misshaped and worn down. Within the next few months, I will get either crowns or veneers on five upper teeth. I talked to my dentist about tooth shade because I want whiter teeth if I need so much work done. My complexion is dark, and I want my teeth to be brighter than average without looking fake. Is BL2 too Hollywood bright for my skin color? I want to decide on a crown shade before asking a dentist to whiten my lower teeth so that I explain how white I want them. Thanks for your help. Sakura from San Diego
Congratulations on completing the Invisalign treatment. We understand that even with Invisalign, a smile makeover is sometimes incomplete until you correct misshaped teeth. Speak with a cosmetic dentist about whether ceramic crowns or porcelain veneers are the healthiest for your smile. Still, we will answer your question about dental crowns.
Are BL2 Crowns Too Bright?
BL2 is bright, but you must consult a cosmetic dentist to compare shades against your skin tone and lips. Although BL4 may look more natural, work with a skilled cosmetic dentist to choose a crown color based on your facial features, complexion, and personality. If you want a bright smile and have a big smile or a vibrant personality, shades lighter than BL4 will make your smile noticeable when you walk into a room. BL1 is the brightest shade on newer shade guides.
How to Select Your Dental Crown Color
You can choose your dental crown color by selecting an advanced cosmetic dentist who follows a process like this:
- Make a provisional makeover – Cosmetic dentists who regularly complete smile makeovers make temporary teeth in resin so that you can try out their color and shape.
- Allow you to wear the temporary replacement teeth – Wear the provisional (temporary) teeth, let your friends and family see your new smile, and give yourself enough time to decide whether you like the tooth color.
However, if you want your natural teeth whitened, a cosmetic dentist must bleach your teeth before getting dental crowns. Your dentist will collaborate with a ceramist to craft crowns that match your newly whitened teeth.
You can schedule consultations with two different cosmetic dentists to explain your goals and determine whether you need crowns or porcelain veneers. Ask each dentist about their process for helping you get a crown or veneer color that meets your preference for a bright, noticeable smile that still looks natural.
David Finley, DDS, a Monroe, Louisiana, accredited cosmetic dentist and Academy of General Dentistry Fellow, sponsors this post. Read about what Dr. Finley, Dr. Thompson, and Dr. Coughran do to provide some of the best dental care in Monroe.