The hallmarks of a winning smile are straight, white teeth that exude confidence as you greet the world. Dr. Andrew Geller and his team at Geller Family Dental in Bronxville, New York, offer dental veneers, which correct a host of cosmetic issues while protecting the structure of your natural teeth. To learn how you can vastly improve your smile, call or book an appointment online.
Veneers Q & A
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are placed over the front of your teeth. The veneers are custom-made to mimic your teeth in every way, while improving their appearance at the same time. Veneers are typically made from porcelain for both durability and a natural look.
What do veneers correct?
Veneers are most often thought of as a cosmetic procedure that corrects discolored teeth, but Dr. Geller turns to veneers to address a host of issues, including:
- Chipped teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Short teeth (veneers can “lengthen” teeth)
Ultimately, veneers provide whiter, straighter teeth that dramatically improve your smile.
Why are my teeth discolored?
Over time, your teeth are subject to an incredible amount of wear and tear, and your enamel naturally wears down. As this happens, the brown dentin inside your teeth begins to show through, which causes a yellowing effect in your teeth as you age.
Add to this the years of staining from certain foods, as well as wine, coffee, or tea, and your teeth are no longer the pearly whites they once were.
What is the procedure for dental veneers?
During your initial consultation with Dr. Geller, or a member of his team, you review the issues you want to correct to determine whether veneers are your best option. Once you opt for veneers, Dr. Geller performs the following:
- Digitally scans your teeth
- Sends the scans to a lab, which manufactures your custom veneers
- When the veneers are ready, removes a half millimeter of enamel from the front of your teeth
- Bonds the new veneers in place
- Ensures the veneers fit seamlessly
It’s important to note that when Dr. Geller removes the enamel from the front of your teeth to make room for your veneers, this procedure is irreversible — your enamel doesn’t grow back.
How long do veneers last?
If you’re diligent about your at-home care and keep up with regular professional cleaning and checkups at Geller Family Dental, your veneers may last 10-15 years. After this time, you simply return to Dr. Geller to replace them.
You can also prolong the fresh, new look of your veneers by avoiding foods or habits that may stain your teeth, including:
If you’d like to improve your smile, call Geller Family Dental to learn more about veneers. Or, schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.