How to Select The Right Veneer Shade For You

Porcelain Veneers can transform your smile. When clients come to us looking for a whiter, brighter smile, they often turn to Veneers so that they can simultaneously address niggling alignment and shape issues. What many clients don’t realise before their free CosMediSmile assessment is that, once fitted, veneer shades cannot be changed. Unlike other cosmetic dental solutions, whitening procedures can fade and damage porcelain, so it’s crucial that you get your Veneers shade selection right from the start. 

To ensure that you select the best Porcelain Veneer shade – one that’s unique to you – we’ve developed a list of the 5 best Porcelain Veneers shade selection tips. Read on for the ways our clients choose their veneer shades when working with our expert Cosmetic Dentists. 

1. Use the Whites of Your Eyes

One of the most popular ways to select the perfect shade of Porcelain Veneers is to ensure that they match, or are not whiter than, the whites of your eyes.

By doing this, your Veneers will be truly unique to you—the shade will look natural, and it’ll complement your face and surrounding features too!


2. Match Your Natural Teeth

If you’re not planning on getting a full set of Porcelain Veneers, it’s vital that you try to match the shade of your natural teeth—i.e. the teeth that won’t be covered by the Veneers. 

In some cases, clients choose to whiten these teeth for an overall brighter smile. Our Cosmetic Dental experts recommend doing this before the Veneers are fitted so that your veneer shade can be matched to your new ‘natural’ teeth. 

When trying to match your natural teeth (or your new bleached tone after a whitening procedure), aim no more than 2 shades lighter. You will be provided with shade cards to help identify the right veneer shade to pick.

3. Use A Veneer Shade Card

A Veneer shade card, or Veneers shade chart, is a useful tool that includes all the undertones that teeth naturally have. They are divided into 5 main categories—Reddish Brown (A), Reddish Yellow (B), Grey (C), Reddish Grey (D), and Bleach Shades (BL). They also include subcategories (1 – 4) to further refine the unique look you’re after.

The three most common veneer shades our clients choose are High Translucency BL3, BL2, AND BL1 (also known as ‘Hollywood white’). Our Cosmetic Dental experts will talk you through these options to ensure that the shade you select from the card is one that works best for you. 

4. Consider Your Skin Tone

Your skin colour and natural undertones offer a great way to select the perfect Porcelain Veneer shade. Typically, we recommend that clients with darker undertones avoid Bleach Shades (BL), as these can appear unnatural.

Clients with fairer skin can typically select whiter veneer shades without them creating a dramatic colour contrast, however this is of course not a fast rule. When choosing the best Porcelain Veneers shade, remember that everyone is unique—what works for one client may contrast with another.

5. Talk to Us

While options 1 – 4 are great, we think that this Veneers shade selection tip is the best. Our Cosmetic Dental Specialists have extensive knowledge and experience when it comes to all things Porcelain Veneers. By talking to us about the look you hope to achieve, we can better help you to select the best shade. 

Whether you’re after the whitest Veneer shade possible, or just a bright new look, our experts take your individual smile expectations into consideration. We’ll ensure that your final shade selection for Veneers is one that complements your surrounding teeth, eye colour, and skin tone—the perfect shade for your dream smile!

What’s Next? 

There’s nothing more beautiful than a confident smile. If you’re ready to start your Porcelain Veneer journey with us, contact us here or phone 1300 000 633. If you’d like more information about the shades of Veneers, or the benefits of Veneers, take a deep dive into our CosMediSmile blog.

Disclaimer: Any information provided should be used only as an information guide and not CosMediSmile giving advice. Please ensure you do your own valid research and seek advice from expert Cosmetic Dentists to enable you to be fully informed.