My ultra-thin veneers look bulky

I’m hoping you can give me some advice.  I paid to get ultra thin porcelain veneers.  I was excited about them.  The color is fine and the shape is OK, but they look kind of bulky.  Is there anything I can do about that. I assumed because they were ultra thin, that issue wouldn’t even come up.

Janna T. – Oregon


I suspect you received the Lumineers brand of porcelain veneers. They are marketed as easy to place to dentists because they, technically, don’t require any tooth prep.  Unfortunately, that means a lot of inexperienced cosmetic dentists latch on to that and don’t consider the individual patient’s smile.

While ultra-thin veneers can sometimes be placed without any tooth preparation, that isn’t always the case.  There are occasions that if there is no tooth preparation, then  the smile can look bulky.

There’s nothing you can do to change the bulky look short of getting new porcelain veneers made.  I’d suggest if you do that, you don’t get them done by the same dentist.

To make porcelain veneers look as stunning as they’re meant to look, you really need a dentist who is both technically proficient AND artistic.

You average family dentist, who  does some cosmetic dentistry, doesn’t usually fit into that mold.  Look for someone who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).

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Want a smile makeover, but can’t afford porcelain veneers

I’ve been wanting a smile makeover for some time, but just can’t afford porcelain veneers.  My teeth are stained and I have a small chip on my front tooth.  Is there anything affordable?

Elaine K. – Ohio


There’s nothing worse then not being able to afford something we know would be good for us.  Having a beautiful smile makes us more confident, which affectst the way people view us, especially first impressions.

Just because you can’t afford porcelain veneers, doesn’t mean you’re without hope.  The best thing you can do for your smile in a more affordable way is to get professional teeth whitening done.  It will take years off your appearance and get rid of those stains.

As far as the chip goes, if it isn’t too large, the easiest and most affordable solution is dental bonding.  That is where your cosmetic dentist will add some composite resin to your tooth where the chip is, making it look like there is natural tooth structure there. Between that and the whitening, I think you’ll be pretty pleased with your new look until you can do something drastic.

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