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How to Choose the Correct Color Shade For That Natural White Look

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Dr. CATRISE AUSTIN:  Gil, you’re a color specialist.  One of the questions I wanted to answer is there tends to be a trend now, a big trend, of these porcelain veneers being super white. 

GIL VILLAVECER:  Oh, yes. 

Dr. AUSTIN:  What do you think about that, and how do you go about choosing ‑‑ let’s talk about how do you go about choosing the right color to someone’s complexion ‑‑

GIL:  Perfect. 

Dr. AUSTIN:  ‑‑ and smile?

GIL:  Good ‑‑ good question.  And you said it.  With social media and the internet, that’s what’s made the smile and cosmetic dentistry really ‑‑

Dr. AUSTIN:  Blow up.  Yeah.

GIL:  ‑‑ so much more important today.  Because, in the past, we take a picture.  Oh, that’s nice.  Now what do we do?  We go like this.  We go like that until we see the teeth right there, and they’ve got to be perfect; right? 

Dr. AUSTIN:  They have to be perfect.

GIL:  So the good news is the materials that we have available today are a lot letter than they were even just ten short years ago.

Dr. AUSTIN:  Always changing. 

GIL:  So what we’re able to do is we can accomplish those color shifts much easier because we have the materials, and we can control them, and we have the artistry to be able to get what you want to make it look natural.  Think of it this way:  If something’s too white, it doesn’t look natural; right? 

So we want to find just that right balance where it’s white, bright – you come in a room, when somebody looks at you they go, “That’s a beautiful smile”.

Dr. AUSTIN:  Yes. 

GIL:  Not “Wow.  Those look really fake.”  Right?

Dr. AUSTIN:  Yeah. 

GIL:  So we ‑‑ we’re able to control that.  And when you asked about complexion, you know, we use the latest tools to be able to the shade, where you are, where you want to get to.  Is that achievable?  Because in some cases, it may not be, depending on where we’re starting.  And that’s the best way is to be up front and manage the expectations of the patient.  In most cases, we can, because the expertise of the dentist, the materials we use, we’re able to give the patients what they want.

Dr. AUSTIN:  Well, my goal is always to make it look natural.  If it’s cosmetic dentistry, you shouldn’t be able to tell that they have veneers. 

GIL:  Exactly.  Exactly. 

Dr. AUSTIN:  That’s ‑‑ you know, it’s like a good boob job or butt job.  You shouldn’t be able to tell, and that’s what I normally shoot for with the teeth. 

GIL:  Yeah. 

Dr. AUSTIN:  So I try to manage their expectations and guide the patient with the right color.  Some of the celebs that I get, you know, they want what they want because they’re on camera all the time ‑‑

GIL:  Right. 

Dr. AUSTIN:  ‑‑ and they’re ‑‑

GIL:  And you want to talk about perfection.  When it’s on a magazine cover, it has to be perfect.  And I think I read somewhere 9 out of 10 celebs that show up on magazines actually have veneers, because nature is not that perfect; right? 

Dr. AUSTIN:  Right.  So all you guys out there, if you think these stars and important people are born that way, no.  They’ve gotten veneers. 

GIL:  No.  And we call it perfect by imperfections. 

Dr. AUSTIN:  Yes. 

GIL:  Right?

Dr. AUSTIN:  Yes. 

GIL:  If it’s too perfect, it’s going to look fake.

Dr. AUSTIN:  Yes. 

GIL:  We call it perfect but just little imperfections. 

Dr. AUSTIN:  Little things. 

GIL:  Which shows that, “Wow.  She’s got natural teeth.  Those are beautiful.  What a great smile.”. 

Dr. AUSTIN:  Like yesterday, we were talking about translucency.  Generally, a tooth will be a little bit darker at the gum line, get a little bit whiter, and then a little see through or translucent at the biting edge. 

GIL:  Exactly. 

Dr. AUSTIN:  So if you see a tooth that’s just all white, it just doesn’t ‑‑ it looks like a Chiclet. 

GIL:  It looks like a Chiclet. 

Dr. AUSTIN:  So I don’t ‑‑

GIL:  It looks like it came from a box.

Dr. AUSTIN:  I don’t ‑‑ I dont do Chiclets.  We don’t do Chiclets.  We pride ourselves in that, so ‑‑

GIL:  That’s right. 

Dr. AUSTIN:  Great. 

GIL:  Very good. 

Dr. AUSTIN:  So, listen, we’re going to come back a little bit later with more of your questions.  Please, guys, keep sending your questions.  We love to hear from you.  We’re here to serve you.  We want to bring value.  So we are a partnership here, Frontier Dental Lab, Dr. Catrise Austin, the Queen of Smiles.  We want to answer any questions that you have, so DM us, follow us, and we’ll see you soon. 

GIL:  Awesome. 

Dr. AUSTIN:  Bye guys. 

GIL:  Thank you very much. 

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