"Do Veneers Look Like Horse Teeth?" And Other Myth-Induced Questions About Veneers

15 January 2021
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


Across the planet, cosmetic dentists utilize a wide variety of treatments and procedures to give people a smile they have always wanted. Perhaps one of the most popular methods of delivering a new smile is with the addition of dental veneers. Dental veneers are one of the original forms of cosmetic dentistry, and over the years, this treatment has grown to be very popular. Obviously, a lot of people will call on a dentist about veneers, but many have odd questions due to myths they may have heard along the way. 

Do veneers look like horse teeth?

Dental veneers do not look like horse teeth, which is a way of saying the teeth look way too big for your mouth. Veneers can be crafted in any number of ways to achieve certain teeth shapes, but the overall goal is to always create a natural look. While the veneers will cover the existing teeth, the material does not have to be especially thick, squared, or large unless a person is looking to add size to their teeth. 

Is it true that dental veneers make clicking noises when you talk?

Dental veneers don't make any noise when you talk. This myth can stem from confusion about having something synthetic added to your mouth. For example, you may assume that porcelain veneers would make odd clicking noises when they tap together. However, once your veneers are in place for a bit, they feel just like your natural teeth and they are not going to yield odd sounds when you speak. 

Are plastic dental veneers actually a thing?

You can get slip-on plastic smiles — you may have spotted those in an ad or infomercial. However, those are not veneers, and the slip-ons are definitely not going to give you a natural look. Essentially, you could get real veneers with plastic-based components. For example, composite veneers are crafted from a combination of resins, which are essentially plastic. 

Why do dental veneers require grinding down your teeth?

Before dental veneers are installed, the dentist may use a special tool to slightly roughen the slick surface of your teeth. However, your teeth are not normally ground down or substantially changed in any way just to install the veneers. The process of adding texture to the enamel of the teeth helps to encourage the bonding agent to create a good bond between your teeth and the interior of the dental veneers. 

For more information about dental veneers, talk to a dentist.