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How Dentists Learn Their Colors

March 5, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — AdvancedDental @ 7:13 am
Dentist helping a patient

One of the things that makes dental crowns so popular is the fact that they can be customized to fit you. No matter what size or shape that you need, a restoration can be specifically crafted to meet your needs. This includes the color of your dental crown, which will be meticulously chosen to match the rest of your teeth.

As you can imagine, this process requires a lot of care on the part of your dentist. If you’re curious, here’s what that is likely to entail.

How Do Dentists Pick the Color of a Dental Crown?

As you can imagine, dentists are incredibly careful when choosing the color of their patients’ restorations. While a lot of this decision-making comes down to the dentist’s personal aesthetic judgment, they also make use of plenty of tools in order to make this process easier.

One of the most important is the shade guide, a series of porcelain colors swabs that can be compared to your actual teeth. Each of them are given a designation that allows them to be shared with the design lab.

Picking the color of your dental crown will involve your dentist referencing this shade guide, looking carefully at your teeth, then picking the hue that seems to most closely match you.

Considerations When Color Matching

While this process is ostensibly simple, your dentist’s color vision can easily be thrown off by a variety of factors. Dentists will therefore take precautions to avoid these hazards.

For one, the ambient lighting can potentially affect how your teeth look. For that reason, your dentist will perform the color selection in an environment with natural lighting. They’ll also take steps to ensure that surrounding colors don’t clash; they may ask you to wear a gray bib to cover your clothes, or to remove lipstick that could change the appearance of your teeth by comparison.

About the Author

At Advanced Dental Treatment Center, we believe in offering our patients the best of dentistry in all its forms. That means that making our dental care not only effective, but completely comfortable for the patients that need them. We also make it a point to tailor all of our treatments to the individual getting them, putting all of our clinical expertise at your disposal. No matter what is that brings you to our practice, we can promise that you’ll leave with a brand new smile you can take pride in.

If you have any questions about dental crowns we can be reached at our website or by phone at (214) 260-9911.

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