Do Dental Veneers Look Fake?

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Doctor Answers 25

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 Dentist
4.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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, FAGD
Atlanta Dentist
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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 Dentist

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 Dentist
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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 Dentist
4.6 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Porcelain Veneers: The most natural option

Under the care of an experienced cosmetic dentist, porcelain veneers are the ideal choice for the most natural and cosmetically pleasing smile.

All the best.

James Asaf, DDS

James Asaf, DDS
Beverly Hills Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Dental Veneers looking fake

They can look fake if they are not fabricated by a good dentist and good lab technician. There are several characteristics that need to be incorporated into a veneer to make it appear natural so it blends in with the rest of your smile and with your face. You need to communicate with your dentist what your goals are and you can work together to get beautiful, natural-looking results. There is no reason for them to have to look fake.

Anjali Rajpal, DMD
Beverly Hills Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Do Dental Veneers Look Fake?

So the question is do dental veneers look fake. Unfortunately there are too many offices and laboratories that do produce veneers that look fake…and people are scared about that. But it all depends on the laboratory technician, the ceramist and the artistry of the doctor and how we prepare and design the case. In our office the main goal is to produce a smile that looks like you were born with it, you belong to it, it belongs to you and when you walk into a room all people can see is that you have a gorgeous smile…not teeth. So they don’t have to look fake, they’re not suppose to look fake it all depends on whose doing them and how they’re produced.

Amanda Canto, DDS
Houston Dentist

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 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.


Sylvan Fain, DDS
Miami Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

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