One very common type of cosmetic dental treatment is dental veneers, in which porcelain or composite material is bonded to the front of the teeth. The result can be a very effective method of transforming your smile, but what kinds of conditions might the treatment be used for?

1. Tooth discolouration

Teeth are likely to become discoloured with age, especially if you smoke or drink a lot of tea or coffee. Although there are many types of whitening treatment, these are not permanent, and in some cases, may not be fully effective. Dental veneers provide a long-term solution and are not subject to discolouration themselves.

2. Closing gaps

Small gaps between the teeth can be fixed with the use of braces, but this will take some time, and the method may not be suitable for small gaps. As dental veneers can be made to be any shape that will fit on your teeth, they can be made to close the gaps without the need for braces. They can also be used to change the shape of your teeth, to make them longer for example or if you would prefer a different shape for some other reason.

3. Repair damaged teeth

No one can completely avoid the risk of accidents, and it is not uncommon for teeth to become chipped or damaged. They can also be worn down through brushing too hard, or consuming food and drink with too high an acid content. It is also possible for them to become worn through bruxism, or grinding the teeth, which can damage the enamel. In all these cases, veneers can vastly improve the appearance of the teeth by covering up the damaged or worn areas and replacing them with a tooth that appears healthy and intact.

4. Improve tooth alignment

If your teeth are uneven or growing at odd angles, you may have considered getting braces. However, it may be simpler and quicker to use dental veneers to alter the shape of your teeth. As the veneers are impossible to tell apart from your real teeth, the result will be an instant transformation into a much neater tooth line.

Dental veneers are a very versatile option that can be used to treat a wide range of conditions. If you think they may be for you, talk to your dentist; you may be on the road to a much more confident and attractive smile.