When you have a tooth that requires a crown, you’ll have to choose the crown color unless you choose metal or gold crowns. Porcelain crowns can be made to match your natural teeth and can be made in a variety of shades or white or off-white.
You should think carefully when choosing crown color and listen to the recommendations made by your dentist. While it’s natural to look at the whitest shade possible and think how nice that looks, you have to consider how it’s going to look in your mouth alongside your other teeth.
If the crown is on a molar or a tooth that doesn’t show when you smile, crown color choice isn’t quite as important. But the wrong shade on a front tooth can stand out and make you unhappy with how your teeth look.
You’ll want the whitest shade you can get that still looks like the rest of your teeth. If you choose a crown that’s whiter than the surrounding teeth, it will only stand out and draw attention to the fact that it’s a crown, which is what you don’t want.
You’ll also want to consider your hair and skin color. If the white looks to match on paper, will it look a shade whiter than your other teeth when set again your dark or tanned skin? Discuss these concerns with the dentist and he or she can probably make helpful recommendations.
There isn’t one standard scale that all dentists use to determine crown color or shades of white. But many use what’s called the Vita Shade Guide . This breaks the colors down by category, and accounts for lighter front teeth and the natural darkening of back teeth found in most people’s mouths. Try to look at the shades under a natural light for the truest color. The Vita Shade Guide gives you a range of four basic color categories to choose from:
So using this guide you could choose your crown color from 17 different shades. Within those shades you should be able to find one to match your teeth and make the crown indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
If you’ve ever wanted to try whitening to make your teeth brighter, the time to do it is before you get a dental crown. This is because you won’t know exactly how white your teeth will end up after the tooth whitening , so you may not choose a crown color that matches exactly.
And if you already have the crown and then have your teeth whitened , the crown color will not change. The best way to ensure a good match is to have the tooth whitening done first until you’re satisfied with the result, then you can choose a crown color that’s a perfect match.