Choosing the Right Veneers for Your Face Shape


Do you have crooked, misshapen teeth? 

Or do you have teeth that are discolored?

What about teeth that are too small or too large?

Or do you perhaps have teeth that are chipped or worn down?

Or do you just want to close the large, uneven spaces between your teeth?

If you have any of the following above (or even a combination of both), getting veneers might be an option you can consider.

In fact, as you read this, you might be typing “veneers North Virginia” or “cost of veneers in Virginia” already!

After all, veneers are custom-made to match the shape and color of your natural teeth. So if you just want your teeth to look natural, veneers are the way to go! They can completely transform your smile, making you feel more confident about yourself.

However, selecting veneers is not exactly simple. They’re not exactly a one-size, fits-all solution.  A certain shape that may look good on say, your mother or sister will not necessarily look good on you.

Plus, did you know that veneers can actually change the shape of your face?

Are these factors making you re-think veneers already? Don’t! All you need is a good dentist (like us) to ensure that the veneers you get will be ones that you love. 

Read on and let us help you learn how to get the right veneers for your face.

What are veneers?

Before anything else, let’s define what veneers are again. They are not fake teeth. Rather, they are thin coverings that are placed on the visible part of the tooth - but they will look like natural teeth. As mentioned above, veneers can be used to correct a number of dental issues.

The great thing about veneers is that they’re very durable. If you take care of them, they will last for a very long time.

How do you find your face shape?

Most faces fall into four different categories. They are heart-shaped, oval, round, and square.

If you’re wondering what your face shape is, don’t worry - you’re not alone in wondering that. It’s kind of hard identifying what your face shape is. But here are some things you can do:

  • The first thing you need to do is get all your hair as much as possible away from your face. That way, it’s free from obstructions. 
  • Find the widest part of our face - check out yourself in the mirror. If you have a wide forehead, it’s likely your face shape is oval. If your cheekbones are the widest part of your face, your face may be round or heart-shaped. Finally, if your face is evenly proportioned in width, you are likely square-faced.
  • You can also look at the shape of your jaw. If it’s short or rounder, your face is round. If your jawline is kind of pointy and narrow at the same time, your face is most likely heart-shaped. And if your jawline is strong with sharp angles, that means your face is square.

If you’re still unsure about your face shape, try taking a picture of yourself. Trace the shape. And one last thing you can do is take another picture of yourself but in a ¾ position. It’s a bit tricky finding your right shape here, but doing this usually gives consistent and reliable results.

What veneers should you get for your face shape?

Now that you know your shape face, it’s time to determine what kind of veneers you should get. And as mentioned above, no two people are the same - and that goes for veneers too. The veneers you choose should be appropriate for your face shape. 

  • If your face is heart-shaped, you should get veneers that are rounded and shorter. 


  • If you have an oval-shaped face, get veneers that are square, because they add fullness and wideness to the face.


  • Round faces look good with veneers that are longer and are more pronounced.


  • Finally, square faces look best with rounded teeth, since rounded teeth soften defined jawlines, as well as other features of the face.

What are other considerations when it comes to choosing veneers?

Your face shape is not the only thing that you should consider when choosing veneers. You want to look good when you have veneers, right? 

Here are a few more things you should think about.

Veneer color

Veneers come in different colors, and the color you choose should match your existing teeth as much as possible. Otherwise, they will look very unnatural and call unwanted attention to your mouth. Dentists usually have a range of colors to choose from, so don’t worry about finding a shade that is exactly like your teeth.

Veneer shape

No veneer shape is the same. And while there are recommended veneer shapes for your face shape, you may still want to try out others. In fact, smile libraries have been made to make choosing shapes a little easier.

Do note that the shape of veneers can affect the look and overall appeal of your smile. Make sure to get veneers that give you a pleasant smile.

Porcelain or composite veneer

Veneers can be made of either porcelain or composite resin. Each one has its own advantages. For example, the composite resin is less expensive and is faster to manufacture. Porcelain, on the other hand, is longer-lasting and actually looks more natural.

The change of the shape of your face

Veneers can actually change the shape of your face. You see, as we age, our mouths lose elasticity and muscle tone, resulting in our faces looking less symmetrical. With veneers, we can actually look much younger, like we had gotten a facelift. Best to try out your veneers first to see if you will like the effect.

Make sure to consult with your dentist before fully deciding on your veneers.

For dental veneers, Arlington VA - contact Gorgeous Smile!

If you’re looking for veneers - Arlington VA area - look no further than us at Gorgeous Smile! Our head dentist, Dr. Ahmed Salim is a highly skilled one. He proudly serves the oral health needs of patients all over Arlington County, Virginia, including you, once you schedule an appointment with us.

Dr. Salim specializes in general and cosmetic surgery that improves the conditions of all his patients, so you can be sure that when it comes to veneers, you’ll get only the best recommendations and results.

If you’re interested in getting veneers, it means you’ll have to schedule two visits with us. The first visit involves Dr. Salim getting an impression of your teeth and helping you choose the best shade for your veneers. 

When you come back for the second visit, it means your veneers are ready. Dr. Salim will then apply the veneers to your teeth. And don’t worry about maintenance - you’ll get detailed care instructions for your new veneers, like how to brush and floss with them on.

And as long as you take excellent care of your veneers following Dr. Salim’s instructions, your veneers will last for a very long time. 

Ready to get your veneers? Call or schedule a consultation with us today. 

We look forward to hearing from you!


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