Veneers Q&A

Dentists located in St. George and Great Kills, Staten Island, NY


Veneers Q&A

Veneers for your teeth can give you the glamorous, uniform smile you’ve always pictured for yourself. At Bay Dental in the St. George and Great Kills areas of Staten Island, New York, dentists Anthony Cirillo, DDS, and Vincent Circosta, DDS, create custom veneers that securely cover up discoloration, breakage, and oddly shaped teeth. Learn more about veneers and the process of getting them by scheduling an appointment over the phone or online at Bay Dental today.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin coverings for your teeth that look similar to natural enamel. A dentist bonds them to the front surfaces of damaged or uneven teeth, where they mask imperfections in your smile. You can get just one veneer for a tooth that stands out among the rest, or you can get multiple veneers for a set of uniform teeth. 


The team at Bay Dental examines your teeth and gums before you get veneers and might advise you to treat any diseases or decay first. They might also suggest getting teeth whitening before you get veneers so they can match the color of your veneers to the newly whitened surfaces. 


Veneers are a cosmetic treatment, which means they improve the look of your teeth while offering little or no functional improvement. Still, many people opt for veneers as a simple solution to aesthetic flaws that give them a boost in confidence. 

Who can benefit from veneers?

There are plenty of reasons to consider getting one or more veneers for your teeth at Bay Dental. Veneers can hide:


  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Heavy stains and discoloration
  • Short teeth
  • Wide gaps
  • Misshapen teeth


Veneers are best used for teeth in the front of your mouth, which are visible when you smile. If you have similar damage on molars, crowns are a stronger option that can also improve the way your teeth look. 

How long do veneers last?

The process of getting veneers involves removing some of the enamel from the surface of your tooth and etching it to help the veneer securely bond to the tooth. Individual veneers don’t last forever, so you’ll need to replace them eventually since your tooth doesn’t have all of its enamel anymore. 


Typically, porcelain veneers last for 10-12 years, while composite resin veneers last for under a decade. To make sure your veneers last as long as possible, regardless of their material, you should avoid biting down on solid objects that could dislodge or break the veneer. You should also continue maintaining your oral hygiene and visit Bay Dental for an exam every six months. 


Schedule an appointment today over the phone or online at Bay Dental to find out how you can benefit from veneers.