How do dentists make dental veneers that look natural?

Dental Designs Clinic Singapore
22 May, 2023

Dental veneers are an excellent way to cover up imperfections on your teeth, such as cracks, discolouration or gaps. When done well, veneers can instantly change the quality of your smile and hence are often used in smile transformation processes.

However, many patients often end up with unnatural looking veneers in their quest to achieve the perfect smile. Veneers, as with all other procedures in cosmetic dentistry, must be done not just by a dentist with a good eye but also by a realistic expectation of what looks nice.


How do I choose veneers that look natural?

When you look at veneers, there are a few factors to look out for:

Colour of teeth

When designing dental veneers, the colour is important to remember. Veneers can look very natural, mimicking the colour of natural teeth or very opaque and as white as a wall. Realistically speaking, the latter is not the most ideal as the colour of your veneers should match the rest of your natural teeth as well as the whites of your eyes and skin colour.

Also, keep in mind that natural teeth do not have just one colour; dentin and enamel change with age and wear. The dentin of younger teeth is lighter, while older teeth are darker and more opaque at the edges. Remember — the point of aesthetic dentistry is to present a smile that’s both pleasant and natural; so how your teeth gels with the rest of your face matter a lot. This involves selecting the right shade to blend in seamlessly, ensuring a new smile that looks natural.

This will come down to the texture of the veneer and the skill work of the ceramist making the veneer. In general, porcelain veneers are the veneer of choice as they carry a realistic texture and can mimic the way natural teeth reflect light. Porcelain veneers are also slightly more expensive as they are far more stain-resistant than other materials.


Size and shape of teeth

The size and shape of your dental veneers should complement your face and even your body. For example, a petite woman will most likely not have the same teeth shape as a bigger sized male.

You also want to make sure your veneers do not have a reverse shape when you smile. What this means is that the edges of your teeth should follow your lower lip line; they should incline upwards instead of backwards following the lower lip. That way, you look like you’re smiling instead of frowning.

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Face shape

Most faces fall into four categories: heart, square, oval and round. Each type of face shape has an optimal tooth shape and size to balance out features naturally.

  • Heart shaped
    Heart shaped faces work better with rounder and shorter veneers.
  • Oval shaped
    Oval shaped faces work better with squarer veneers. This helps to add fullness to the face.
  • Round shaped
    Rounder faces look better with longer and more pronounced veneers.
  • Square shaped
    As square shaped faces have more defined jawlines, they would do better with rounded veneers to soften features.


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How do we make dental veneers look natural?

At Dental Designs, we go through the following processes to ensure you are happy with your veneers.

Digital Scan

Digital scans allow us to understand your dental condition and create a virtual framework of how your future smile will look. The scans will give us insight into the size, volume and shape of your teeth. We also use the Smile Design tool to aid us in your smile makeover.


Lab preparation of veneers

We create all our veneers in an in-house lab to ensure full quality control. They are also milled from a single block of feldspar using a delicate milling strategy to reduce cracks and microfractures. To bring life to your veneers, our dedicated dental lab technician introduces textures and colours to the veneers to make them look as natural as possible. These impressions help the dental lab make thin custom-made shells that fit perfectly on your teeth.

Please note that to make sure your veneers suit you, it is vital that we test-run your smile first. As such, we will make a temporary set of veneers or smile prototypes for you and have you wear them on for about a week. If you are satisfied, we will go ahead with bonding your permanent porcelain veneers. 


Interested in getting dental veneers? Simply drop us a message here, and we'll be happy to assist in booking your appointment.

Find out more about Dental Veneers with Dental Designs today! 

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