Shade Matching for a Beautiful, Cohesive, and Natural Smile

December 9, 2011

“I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to make sure that my cap was perfect! The shading was perfect! The entire office staff is always friendly and helpful!”

-Lake Orion Family Dentistry Patient Claudia Lowe

Making Your Dental Work Look Natural and Beautiful

As you can see in Lake Orion Family Dentistry patient Claudia Lowe’s testimonial above, she mentions something called shading. This refers to the process of tinting dental work, a crown in Claudia’s case, to perfectly match the surrounding teeth.

To do this, Dr. Brad Greenfield will examine the color of your existing teeth and dental work, as well as your overall coloring, to create a shade for your restoration that blends in with your smile and looks completely natural. This shade matching technique is used with several cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, including dental crowns, cosmetic bonding, and dental fillings, to make your smile enhancements look completely natural.

Using a biocompatible, attractive, and durable material called composite resin to complete cosmetic bonding and fillings (high-quality porcelain is used for dental crowns), Dr. Greenfield will precisely tint the putty-like substance prior to its application on your teeth or tooth. Once it has been applied, Dr. Greenfield will closely examine the color, texture, and translucency of the composite resin and your surrounding teeth to ensure that they look uniform. He will make any necessary changes, and then harden the restoration with a safe, yet powerful, curing light. Then, he will polish the restoration to finalize the natural and smooth appearance and feel.

Why Shade Matching is Important

Although the shading and matching process is fairly simple and a routine part of most cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, the results are incredibly important. The goal of your cosmetic and restorative dentistry is to provide you with beautiful, natural, and healthy results, and this means that your smile enhancements don’t look bulky, fake, or overly obvious. Shade matching is an important component of achieving this goal.

If your teeth are broken, cracked, stained or damaged, or if you have dental restorations that don’t match the rest of your smile, Dr. Greenfield invites you to call Lake Orion Family Dentistry, located in Lake Orion, Michigan, at (248) 693-6213 to reserve an appointment to discuss your cosmetic and restorative dental options.

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