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Porcelain veneers work wonders for refreshing a smile. And in contrast to orthodontics, porcelain veneers transform how your teeth look quickly and with minimal discomfort.

But are you wondering, do dental veneers look fake? What first comes to mind when you think of porcelain veneers? Some might picture a too-big, too-bright celebrity smile that overwhelms the face. It’s a legitimate worry if that’s not the look you want. But the good news is that natural-looking veneers are possible. What’s more, the doctors at Shoreline Dental Studio are experts in natural-looking veneers — so you’ll still look like you but with a more confident smile.

Why do some veneers look fake?

Fake-looking veneers can happen. Namely because of several missteps by a cosmetic dentist in planning your veneers. Why do some veneers look fake? Because an inexperienced cosmetic dentist makes them:

Too thick: Thick porcelain veneers can appear too opaque. Natural-looking veneers are paper thin and have a slightly translucent quality that mimics real teeth’s nuanced structure. You see, real teeth are composed of slightly transparent tooth enamel over solid dentin that is thinner at the edges.

Too white: Real teeth aren’t blinding white, so veneers with an overly brilliant white hue look unnatural. Though natural tooth enamel starts white, it’s not a bright white, and the yellow dentin also shows a little. Plus we should also mention that everyone’s natural tooth color is different since the thinness of tooth enamel varies from person to person based on genetics and oral health.

Incorrectly shaped: Teeth are like fingerprints — everyone’s set of teeth is unique to them. So if the shape of porcelain veneers don’t match a patient’s natural tooth shape, the result is fake-looking veneers. The same goes for veneers that don’t share the same proportions as a patient’s natural teeth.

Unnaturally spaced: It’s true that porcelain veneers are a great solution for closing gaps between teeth. But there’s a fine balance with spacing: real teeth have a tiny space between them — think about ease of flossing. Veneers placed too tight against each other or too close to surrounding natural teeth can contribute to an impression that some teeth don’t quite belong.

Can veneers look natural?

So, we’ve talked about reasons veneers can look fake. Thankfully, that’s not the end of the story! Dental veneers can also look very natural. The first and most important step in ensuring you get natural-looking veneers? Entrusting your smile to doctors experienced in porcelain veneer treatment — like your expert cosmetic dentist in Mission Viejo and San Clemente. Dr. Ritzau and the Shoreline Dental Studio team will ensure natural-looking veneers that complement your face and natural teeth.

Second, our client-centered, compassionate approach and precise protocols are designed to ensure natural-looking results. Cosmetic dentistry patients who walk into our Mission Viejo or San Clemente office for porcelain veneers receive: 

  • Thorough diagnostics with high-tech equipment
  • Precise treatment planning 
  • Custom veneers made to fit your smile only

In addition, our doctors take the time to listen to you, taking into account your concerns and goals for your new smile. Of course, we also consider your natural tooth color and skin tone to determine a natural-looking white hue, and the shape and proportion of your original teeth for overall aesthetic harmony.

Third, you can be sure your veneers will look natural by seeing what they’ll look like beforehand and have the opportunity to suggest adjustments. How do you get this preview? With Digital Smile Design — a service at Shoreline Dental Studio that allows you to see a 3D digital rendering of your smile with veneers and try on a facsimile of them before the real thing. 

Last, we opt for the highest quality materials for our porcelain veneers and partner with the best labs to ensure the crafting of your veneers is perfect.

Natural-looking veneers with your Orange County cosmetic dentists

Still trying to decide whether or not porcelain veneers are for you? Or still wondering, “Can veneers really look natural?” Yes, there may be plenty of fake-looking veneers out there but rest assured, natural-looking veneers are possible. With an experienced porcelain veneer dentist like the team at Shoreline Dental Studio, you’ll get the natural-looking smile boost you want.

Book before March 31, 2023 and take advantage of our limited-time offer of $800 off cosmetic restorations, including porcelain veneers. 

Contact us today and get started on a beautiful new smile with natural-looking veneers.

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