There are few cosmetic dental applications that can transform your teeth the way that dental veneers can. Dental veneers can be used to correct many different dental blemishes or deformities. Here are a few instances in which dental veneers can correct the look of your teeth:

Dental Misalignment

Not every dental misalignment needs to be corrected with braces. If the misalignment does not interfere with the patient's bite or cause him or her any physical discomfort, it may be correctable using veneers.

Dental veneers are thin slices of ceramic material that are affixed to the front of the teeth to change their appearance. Since the veneers are made of ceramic, they can be colored to a desired tooth shade. In addition, they can be shaped to fit the patient's mouth precisely.

Teeth that have been crooked or misaligned can be made to appear perfectly even and straight.


If the spaces between your teeth are larger then what you would like, dental veneers can be used to minimize the gaps and make your teeth appear more closely set. As the veneers are applied, they cover the underlying teeth. Your dentist can select veneers that are slightly wider then your natural teeth to give the illusion that the teeth are more closely set.

If you have only one gap with which you are concerned, such as a gap between your upper front two teeth, you can elect to have only two veneers applied. Since the other teeth that are visible when you smile and speak would still be displayed, the color of the veneers would need to be matched to your natural tooth color.

Discolored Teeth 

Although natural whitening substances such as baking soda can help lighten minimal stains, professional dental whitening is often more effective for deep dental discoloration, such as that from prolonged tobacco use or regular consumption of coffee. Nevertheless, professional bleaching gels are not effective at removing stains that are caused by trauma, a congenital condition or medication, such as tetracycline. In these instances, veneers are a more appropriate option.

Since the veneers cover the discolored teeth, the stains can remain in place. However, they are concealed.

If you have misshapen, gapped or damaged teeth, veneers can be used to correct their appearance. To learn more about veneers and whether or not you are a good candidate for them, schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, like Smile Designs Of The Shenandoah Valley, in your area.