Identifying Inferior Veneers

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Veneers offer a long-term smile solution. And just like a well-done facelift, they should be undetectable.

Here’s how to tell if you’re looking at less-than-perfect veneers:

    • You can see stains between the natural tooth and the edge of the porcelain. The cement used to affix veneers can stain over time, leaving a visible demarcation between the veneer and the tooth.

    • There are visible spaces between the veneers at the gum line. This creates dark triangles where the teeth meet the gums. Either the gums have receded since the veneers were placed, or the porcelain wasn’t shaped properly to begin with.

    • Veneers can appear thick if the dentist does not properly prepare the natural tooth. The dentist should work with a master ceramist who has extensive experience and a good reputation.

  • Veneers can look opaque or unrealistic. Since natural teeth are comprised of many colors, a good technician should use many layers when fabricating a veneer.

Can you tell when someone’s veneers are “off”? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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