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Can a Dentist Make My Too Big Veneers Smaller?

Posted by AllSmiles

My four front teeth have been crooked from an accident 12 years ago. Last year, at age 32, I decided to improve my smile with porcelain veneers. Unfortunately, I did not research dentists well enough or get enough information about what it takes to get quality veneers. Last December, I allowed my dentist to place veneers, but they are too big. The veneers are wider and longer than my teeth in general. I am embarrassed to smile. My crooked teeth looked better! Now I have a better idea of how to find a cosmetic dentist, but what can I expect? Is there a way to make my veneers smaller, or will I need new ones? If I need new veneers, I want to know how to get a refund. Gia T. from Brooklyn


Thank you for contacting our office. It is good to know that you will research cosmetic dentists before choosing a new one to correct your smile.

Look for a dentist with extensive post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry. And schedule consultations with at least two cosmetic dentists to discuss your options.

Can a Dentist Make Too Large Veneers Smaller?

The tip of dental forceps are holding a porcelain veneer next to a lateral incisor tooth
Skilled cosmetic dentists provide veneers that are proportionate for your natural teeth and smile

In some cases, a skilled cosmetic dentist can shorten porcelain veneers. Depending on the extent of the changes required, altering the veneers might damage them or crack the glass. Also, drastic changes make it difficult to adjust the veneers and keep a natural-looking shape.

The best approach is to have an experienced cosmetic dentist examine your veneers. They will explain if and how much they can alter your veneers without damaging them. You mentioned that your veneers are too wide and long, so a cosmetic dentist will most likely recommend replacing them.

Moline, Illinois, cosmetic dentist Dr. Thomas Goebel sponsors this post.