Teeth play a vital role in helping us build up confidence and self-esteem. In contrast, having teeth that we’re not proud of can make us incredibly self-conscious and less likely to flash a smile in family photos.

Thankfully, several treatments can help address the issues stopping you from showing a grin, with veneers one of the most versatile for correcting a number of problems, including narrow smiles.

What are Veneers?

A porcelain veneer is a thin, bespoke shell that is fixed on top of a tooth. Typically made of porcelain or a composite resin, they are almost exclusively used for cosmetic purposes rather than to improve the function of teeth.

Veneers are popular because they are quick and easy to fix in an unobtrusive way and can be customized to fit any tooth, mouth, and smile. Unlike other options, such as dentures, veneers are a permanent solution and are not designed to be removed after fitting because teeth are changed in order to fit them.

If looked after properly, veneers can last for 10-15 years. While often used to mask chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth, they can enhance and widen smiles, even if your teeth are perfectly healthy.

What is a Narrow Smile?

A smile is typically described as narrow if, for one of many reasons, only four to six teeth are visible.

Some people, for example, can have overgrown gums that can make a smile appear smaller. Others struggle with overcrowding, meaning their back teeth appear as if they are too far behind their front teeth.

Issues such as missing teeth only amplify the look of a narrow smile.

How Can Veneers Broaden Your Smile?

Veneers are one of the most effective ways to broaden your smile because of their versatility. Veneers do not have to be the same shape as the tooth they’re being attached to. Many patients who are candidates get theirs custom-made to have the correct length, width, thickness, and alignment to ensure they deliver the smile you’re looking for.

A smile is generally considered to be wide if at least eight teeth are visible along the top of your mouth. The flexibility of veneers means they can be molded and placed to make this possible.

Veneers are also quick to fit because they don’t involve rearranging or realigning your existing teeth; they just sit right on top.

Don’t avoid seeking dental care just because you haven’t knocked out a tooth or suffered an injury. An Improved smile could be the key to greater self-esteem and self-confidence.