Do Dental Veneers Look Fake?

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Veneers certainly CAN look fake

A successful veneer case is the result of great teamwork between a dentist and his lab technician. The dentist must design the case for long term success and the ceramist must create custom works of art to give a beautiful and natural look. There are many steps and time involved. Experience and training are key.

Cosmetics is not taught in dental school, so it is important to find a dentist that has extra training and certification showing his education. After that, photographs of the results from the dentist should be shown, and from that you can determine if the Dr can deliver in what you are seeking.

There are many fake looking smiles out there. This is usually the result of an under trained and inexperienced dentist and team.

Experience counts.

Seattle Cosmetic Dentist
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YES! They can look fake. Choose wisely

Typically you only "see" the bad veneer cases. It's always one of my goals to ensure that people think someone was born with perfect teeth.....not store bought :) Porcelain veneers are an art....from the dentist side AND the dental ceramists side. Both need to be experts in what they do in order to "mimic" nature. I hope this helps.

Peter Boulden, DMD
Atlanta Cosmetic Dentist
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Strong porcelain veneers lead to a natural look

We had a new patient in for a visit just the other day and she had some very interesting questions about veneers that I am sure are on the minds of almost everyone who wants porcelain veneers

The first question she asked is, “Will my veneers look natural?” This is a very good question.

She was concerned that she sees so many people with porcelain veneers that are thick and unnatural looking. She wanted to make sure that her veneers would not look too thick. I reassured her that the veneers we make are not thick and bulky. The pressed and cast porcelain that we use is much stronger than the porcelain used by most dental offices. Because our porcelain is much stronger, we don’t need to make it thick to give it the strength to last in your mouth.

She then looked at the photo of her upper teeth and noticed the translucent area at the biting edge. She asked why she doesn’t see that in other people’s veneers. We explained that we always place translucent areas on our veneers. I was able to show her how I map out the shape and amount of the translucent areas and the variations in colors I wanted the laboratory to place on her veneers and why this makes our porcelain veneers look like real teeth.

We also discussed our unique method for creating the new smile that will change her life. The thing that makes our porcelain veneers different from the veneers that are produced by other dental offices is the refinement of the provisional veneers two to three days after these provisional veneers are placed. This allows us, along with your input, to customize the look of your veneers to give you not just a good result but a great result. A great result that looks like you and feels like you. A great result that will not only light up your mouth, but your whole face.

Ronald Rosenblatt, DDS
Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist

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Properly done Veneers should look very natural


Veneers are very technique sensitive and require a great deal of skill on the part of the dental professional and the lab technician. However, proper color selection, proper tooth contour, veneer thickness, porcelain quality and translucency can yield to very natural looking teeth. Making beautiful porcelain veneers and having them look natural is truly an art form that requires planning, diagnostic workup, before and after photos and careful understanding of the patient’s desires and expectations. Properly done veneers can look amazingly beautiful and natural and tremendously improve the esthetic appearance of teeth.


Arthur Kezian, DDS
Los Angeles Cosmetic Dentist
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It's all in the lab technician

Our lab technicians LOVE it when they have a patient who wants natural looking teeth.  It really let's their talents shine.  It is more difficult to duplicate natural nuances, but totally attainable.

Kathy Frazar, DDS, FAGD
Houston Cosmetic Dentist
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Fake or Real Looking Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers can look horrible and fake, or they can look beautiful, natural and completely "real looking."  Whether your get one or the other really depends on the skill, care, judgment, experience and training of your cosmetic dentist and the dental ceramist that he uses to actually create the porcelain veneers.  There are volume discount dentists who charge $300 per veneer, and then there are a few exceptional dental artists in New York and Beverly Hills who are currently charging $2,500 to $3,000 per veneer (yeah, the movie star dentists).  You might imagine how there might be quite a difference between the results that the two different dentists might produce.  Some patients want the cheapest fix possible and are okay with compromising quality, while others want the very best, most natural and realistic porcelain veneers.  Our research shows that the majority of general dentists who don't have high expertise in cosmetic dentistry are charging $1,000-$1,200 for porcelain veneers, while the average price across the country for well made porcelain veneers by experienced cosmetic dentists is $1,400-$1,600.  Just like most things in life, you get what you pay for.  All veneers and all (cosmetic) dentists are not equal, so choose your dentist wisely if you want to avoid the fake looking dental veneers.

Norman Huefner, DDS
Laguna Niguel Cosmetic Dentist

Natural Veneers

Porcelain veneers can be made to mimic natural teeth. The result is dependent on the skill of the technician. 

Natural looking veneers tend to cost more because the laboratory fee is higher. 

Ask to see before and after photos of cases similar to your before deciding.

Poorly made veneers give people the "fake" look.


Veneers can look fake if not done properly

A properly done single or multiple veneer case should look flawless. The light reflecting properties of dental porcelain used in veneers comes very close to the properties of the natural tooth. If done by a qualified cosmetic dentist then no one should ever know you had work done.



Marielaina Perrone, DDS
Henderson Cosmetic Dentist
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Do veneers look fake?

If you can notice a person having veneers it is usually  compromised esthetically. Veneers if well done , should look very natural that even a dentist should have to look at them in a dental chair to be able to notice them as veneers.  Although there are many factors involved, These are three major reasons why veneers can look fake.

1)The quality of the porcelain is low

2) The lab technicians are not  experts and good at what they do

3) If the dentist did not  prep /form/ shape  teeth ideally .

This sets part a general dentist from a  cosmetic dentist. The veneers should not be too long, too white, too square too thick, too narrow , too bulky....  And not  tow patient's teeth should look the same. meaning each veneer should be tailor made to the individual's face , skin color, gender, life style, so many other factors to consider.

Soheyla Marzvaan, DDS
Orange County Cosmetic Dentist
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Dental Veneers Should Look Completely Natural

Porcelain veneers are a great choice to enhance your smile and should look completely natural when performed correctly.  It is important for your dentist to work exclusively with a laboratory that specializes in smile makeovers. These labs are able to create amazingly natural looking veneers with anatomy, shape, and color characteristics that make them undetectable to anyone that sees them.  Find an experienced cosmetic dentist to perform this procedure and always ask to see their before and after pictures.  Hope this helps. 

Scott Young, DDS
Houston Cosmetic Dentist
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