Getting The Smile You Deserve: 3 Modifiable Veneer Features That Will Affect Your Overall Appearance

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Everyone wants to have a picture perfect smile that they can be proud of. Unfortunately, this isn't the case for one-third of American adults. If you've always been embarrassed or unhappy with your smile, you don't have to suffer any longer with the help of veneers. Porcelain veneers, which cost anywhere between $925 to $2,500 per tooth, are particularly popular. Before getting the veneers fitted, you'll get some input as to how your veneers will look. Here are 3 features you should consider, as they will affect the appearance of your smile.

The Length of the Veneers

Surprisingly, the length of your teeth will actually have a profound impact on your overall smile. In particular, you'll want to make sure that the length of your two front teeth are to your liking. If your two front teeth are too short, your smile will make you look a lot older than your years. On the other hand, if your two front teeth are too long, they'll become distracting. Generally speaking, most cosmetic dentists recommend getting veneers for your two front teeth that will stick out 1 to 2 millimeters when your upper lip is totally relaxed.

The length of your other veneers should also be called into question. Generally speaking, the length of your teeth will become shorter as you age. As a result, longer incisors and other teeth will make you look younger.

The Shape of the Veneers

Although it may seem ridiculous, the shape of your veneers will also have some affect on what others may perceive your personality to be. As this isn't something that most ordinary people are aware of, it's important that you carefully discuss how the different teeth shapes can affect your smile and face with a cosmetic dentist.

For example, studies have found that the shape of your canines can cause others to associate a certain personality with your face. Those who have pointy canines tend to be associated with more aggressive and powerful personalities. On the other hand, those who have flat canines tend to be associated with more passive personalities.

The Shade and Color

Depending on the amount of veneers that you are going to get and where the veneers will be installed, you'll also have to spend some time thinking about what shade and color will be most soothing for your face. If you are not getting veneers for all of the teeth that will be visible when you smile, you'll want to make sure that the veneers match your natural teeth color.

On the other hand, if you'll be getting veneers for almost all of the teeth that will be visible, you can choose any shade and color that you want. You'd be surprised to see that there are a lot color varieties you can choose from. In fact, teeth often come in 4 different basic shades: reddish brown, reddish yellow, gray and reddish gray.


In most situations, your cosmetic dentist will recommend that you get temporary veneers before you get fitted with more permanent options. If you decide to go ahead with the temporary veneers, take this opportunity to make sure that you're happy with the final results, as the temporary veneers will generally look very similar to the permanent ones you'll be getting. For more information, contact a company like Webster Cosmetic Dental LTD.