If you are less than happy with your current smile, you may have heard about veneers and their ability to transform the imperfections you see in the mirror each day.

While this potential smile makeover sounds exciting, you may be unsure, especially if you’ve heard about the nightmares some people go through with fake-looking veneers.

Familiar horror stories include strangely shaped teeth, colour issues, and even irreversible damage to natural teeth. So how can you be sure you don’t end up with fake-looking veneers and ruined self-confidence?

After all, no one wants to walk around looking like they are wearing a set of dentures when their original goal was a natural-looking smile!

Most modern veneers are made from translucent composite materials. This means that they will generally have a natural appearance. However, if incorrectly applied, they can result in some very fake-looking veneers.

The talented master cosmetic dentists and dental technicians at Bespoke Smile can help you achieve the beautiful smile you desire. We can guide you through the entire process from start to finish, and the end result will be far from the fake veneers you’ve been worrying over.

But first, here’s what to look for when trying to avoid fake-looking veneers.

Why Do Some Veneers Look Fake?

The answer to this question is actually a combination of errors that can occur should you trust your teeth to a less experienced dentist. Things like incorrectly shaped veneers, poor colour matching techniques, and incorrect proportion or ratio can all contribute to the appearance of fake veneers.

In addition, the wrong translucency or opaqueness can also be the answer to the question, “Why do some veneers look fake?” Skilled cosmetic dentists will ensure you receive the best possible treatment, guided by the following standards:

  • Prioritised patient care: personal preferences are always met, and sensitive care is provided.
  • Patients receive expert care from an award-winning lead dentist. Dr Sam Jethwa is a Director of The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
  • Multidisciplinary team: Dr Sam provides all team members with advanced training and ensures the team is skilled and experienced.
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When trying to avoid the appearance of fake veneers, there are several factors to consider. Let’s take a look at these in more detail.

Veneers Shouldn’t Be Brilliant White

While we all want to have brilliantly white teeth, overly white teeth that look like piano keys can make them seem unnatural and artificial.

Instead, there are a few things to consider when choosing the correct shade of veneer and thus avoiding the appearance of fake veneers.

Ensure the veneer is not whiter than the whites of your eyes. Skilled dentists know that matching the white colour of your eyes to the veneer results in natural-looking teeth.

Skin tone is also essential. Those with fair skin should choose brighter shades of white as their skin colour doesn’t contrast too much with the colour of the veneers.

If you are not going for a complete smile makeover, matching the veneers to those of the natural teeth is important. If they are mismatched, the veneers will be noticeable and draw attention to themselves.

Instead, less-white options should be considered to blend in with your natural tooth colour.
 

The Right Shape

When selecting the right veneer for you, an essential factor to consider is its shape. Not all teeth are the exact shape and size.

Dental veneers, although placed over your original teeth, need to replicate their form to suit your face shape. A good option for people with round faces is longer, thinner veneers, as these create the illusion of a slimmer face.

When designing your veneers, we use the golden ratio and correct proportions to ensure this.

Veneers Shouldn’t Be Too Thick

Veneers that are thick and bulky can add to the appearance of fake-looking veneers, especially if the original tooth has not been prepped beforehand. Minimal prep veneers can be affordable and save on tooth enamel, but not every patient is an ideal candidate for them.

With the help of our expert team, we are able to carefully plan and assess which option is most suitable for you.

Translucence Is Important

Light passes through semi-translucent porcelain veneers much like it would through our natural teeth. If the cosmetic veneers look flat or have an opaque appearance, they will look like fake teeth.

The edges of porcelain veneers are slightly translucent to give them a more natural effect. Light reflection lines are placed within the layering of the veneers, which controls proportion and gives subtle reflections of light like natural teeth.

The best cosmetic dentists will ensure the translucence of your veneers is precisely right, ensuring your smile meets your expectations and boosts your self-esteem.

Placement is Important

Cosmetic veneers can be used to close the gaps between teeth. However, they still require a tiny space between the natural teeth and the veneers to achieve a natural look.

We will ensure the teeth are not compacted against other surfaces, which may make it difficult to floss and create the appearance of fake-looking veneers. Placing dental veneers is a skill; some call it an art, and only skilled dentists, like us, can provide the final result you desire.

The Veneer Process

We offer bespoke veneers, custom made to suit your unique dental care requirements. Besides enhancing the aesthetics of a beautiful smile, veneers can help with strengthening teeth, protecting against acid erosion, and providing bite correction and stability.

If you are seeking to improve your dental health with the help of cosmetic veneers, you can expect the best medical advice and quality service when trusting your smile to the Bespoke Smile team.

Assessment and Preparation

We will hand-design a bespoke trial smile made of composite resin on the teeth you wish to improve and provide a gum lift and shaping using our pain-free laser technology. This technique is rarely offered by cosmetic dentists as it is extremely difficult to do and has been around for many years.

Our dentists are internationally trained and highly experienced in this totally bespoke technique. Our team at The Bespoke Smile aim to discuss with you and understand all of your concerns – whether you are worried about any pain during the treatment or the end result, we are here for you.

Following an introductory discussion, we will conduct an in-depth health assessment. We will look at each and every tooth, assess your gums and analyse your bite.

We also check for any speech, bite, or chewing issues that can be remedied with cosmetic dentistry to ensure that your treatment is effective and long-lasting.

We then complete a Cosmetic Smile Analysis, which might include scans and photographs to understand your complete oral situation.

3 Step Treatment


Bespoke Smile patients are provided with a three-step treatment plan. The reason for this is to ensure they are comfortable and happy throughout the entire process and that the final result is of the high quality the client is expecting.

1. Trial Smile: During your trial smile visit, we will hand-design a bespoke trial smile made of composite resin for you to see the estimated end result. You may receive a gum lift and oral shaping during this visit using our pain-free laser technology.

2. Bespoke Shape and Colour Match: This visit is very important, it will give you the opportunity to tailor your smile to be exactly what you are looking for.

We will assess the shapes, symmetry, angles, feel, bite, and texture of the trial smile and decide on the bespoke features that you would like to incorporate. The colour of your veneers will also be chosen on this visit.

3. The Fitting Visit: The trial smile is removed painlessly and smoothly, and the final veneers are permanently fitted to the teeth.

This is followed by a comprehensive bite balancing assessment to ensure the mouth is healthy and stable.

Final Thoughts

Our veneer procedure is all about getting things right for you; making sure your smile suits you in every aspect, from shape, colour, natural effect, size, thickness, and function. There’s definitely no room for error or fake-looking teeth on our watch.

Instead, our dentists are experts in veneers and oral health. In our safe hands, you can be sure of beautiful work backed by years of experience and avoid the fake look you have been worrying about.

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