Nadia came to Dr. Tabib with a clear picture in her mind and a few disappointments under her belt. Other dentists had tried, but none could give her the smile she wanted. Most recently, Nadia had gotten porcelain veneers from another dentist which were square, bulky, and lacked the translucency of natural teeth. The New York City Smile Design staff had no trouble at all understanding why she wasn’t satisfied. Many small and large factors make the difference between bad and good veneers, but the difference in appearance is everything to a patient. An inexperienced or unskilled dentist, low-quality materials, and a shoddy lab are just a few possible causes for bad veneers. In fact, so much artistry goes into creating beautiful, natural looking veneers: they must be sculpted to just the right shape and size for the patient’s face, age, and gender. The gums must be symmetrical, and the veneers must be placed in a way that gives the patient their best chance at keeping them healthy. The color must match the patient’s surrounding teeth. And above all, the veneers have to look like natural teeth with some transparency and a shape that catches the light just as teeth do.