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Posts for tag: Veneers

By Geary Dentistry
October 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Even if your teeth are healthy, you're probably like most people and have a few things you'd change about the way they look. Maybe it's veneerstheir shape, length, or alignment, perhaps the color... maybe all of the above! With porcelain veneers from Dr. Terence Geary and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary, your dentists in Brookfield, Wisconsin, almost any of your cosmetic dental issues can become a thing of the past. Here you'll learn more about how the skilled staff at Geary Dentistry can give you a total smile makeover with porcelain veneers.

What are porcelain veneers?

Unlike other cosmetic dental procedures and products, which only treat one issue at a time, porcelain veneers from your Brookfield dentist conceal a multitude of problems that detract from the appearance of your smile. Each veneer, which is only about half the width of a dime, is custom-made to fit on the front of the corresponding tooth; the result is a beautiful smile that is strong and stable as well.

Could veneers help me?

If you have healthy teeth with cosmetic flaws, porcelain veneers from your Brookfield dentist could be exactly what you need. Minor alignment problems like spaces and overlaps are easily hidden behind the translucent porcelain. They also cover up stains that can't be fixed with traditional whitening procedures. Veneers are also a great way to even out the shape of one tooth or several; teeth that have worn-down edges or chips are instantly renewed once your veneers are in place.

Imagine having a bright, even, and perfect smile reflects back at you from the mirror. This image can become a reality when you contact Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, Wisconsin and ask to set up your porcelain veneers consultation. We look forward to helping you see your smile in a new light!

By Geary Dentistry
July 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Geary Dentistry
June 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Dental veneers offer a simple way to change the appearance of your smile without extensive dental work. Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary, your Brookfield dentists, share information about veneers and explain who can benefit from this innovative cosmetic dentistry Veneerstreatment.

What are porcelain veneers?

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that fit over the front surfaces of your teeth. Although they're wafer thin, they're extremely durable. Because porcelain looks very much like your natural tooth enamel, no one will be able to tell that you have veneers.

Who can benefit from veneers?

Veneers are a good choice if you:

  • Have slight gaps between your teeth
  • Don't like the appearance of a slightly crooked or oddly shaped tooth
  • Have chips or cracks on your teeth
  • Are concerned about a discolored tooth
  • Want to whiten all of your teeth
  • Are interested in making one tooth look longer

Veneers from your Brookfield dentist are an excellent option if you want to whiten your teeth but aren't satisfied with the results of over-the-counter of professional whitening. When you choose veneers, your teeth can be as white as you like.

Porcelain veneers can conceal a variety of imperfections, but they won't be the best choice if a tooth is significantly decayed or damaged, or is much shorter than surrounding teeth. In those cases, a crown may be the better option. Although veneers can cover slight gaps and crooked teeth, if your issues are severe, braces may be needed to correct the problem.

How are veneers attached to my teeth?

Before you receive your veneers, your dentist may remove a very small amount of enamel from the front surfaces of your teeth. Filing the enamel ensures that the veneers don't feel bulky when they're attached to your teeth. Your dentist will also make an impression of your teeth and send it to the dental laboratory that will create your custom porcelain veneers. You'll receive temporary veneers before you leave and will return to your dentist's office in two or three weeks to receive your permanent veneers. After your dentist makes any adjustments to the fit, your permanent porcelain veneers will be attached with dental cement and cured with a special light that helps them bond to your teeth.

Interested in porcelain veneers? Call Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, Wisconsin, to schedule an appointment. Transform your smile with veneers!

By Geary Dentistry
August 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Learn some useful techniques for how to properly treat your veneers so they last.

Most people aren’t born with perfect smiles, and along the way, life happens and we end up with minor chips, stains and other issues Veneersthat keep us from having a smile to be proud of. Fortunately, at Geary Dentistry, your Brookfield dentists Dr. Terence Geary, Dr. Mary Eileen Geary and Dr. Angel Shah can hide all of these minor flaws with a non-invasive cosmetic treatment known as porcelain veneers. If you already have veneers, then you already know how great they can make your smile look. Don’t you want to keep it looking its best? If so, follow these helpful hints for properly caring for your veneers.

Don’t use your teeth as tools

It might seem tempting to open plastic packaging with your teeth, but if you have porcelain veneers then you better reach for scissors instead. Using your teeth to open bottle caps or packaging can cause your veneers to bend and flex unnaturally, which can increase their chances of fracturing.

Nix bad habits

Did you know that nail biting and teeth grinding can wear down and potentially damage your veneers? If you want your veneers to really last, then you’ll want to be aware of when these habits manifest themselves and how to put a stop to them. Talk to the dentists at Geary Dentistry, in Brookfield, about mouthguards for nighttime teeth clenching or other techniques to keep your nails out of your mouth.

Brush and floss normally

Just because you have veneers doesn’t mean you can get lackadaisical about your oral routine. You still need to treat your veneers just as you would natural teeth, and be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day to prevent plaque buildup and gum disease. Also, don’t forget those biannual cleanings from the dentists at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield!

Limit stain-causing foods/drinks

While porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, the bonding resin used to hold them to your teeth isn’t. This means that over time the resin can start to darken and become noticeable. Consuming foods and drinks that produce stains will only exacerbate the problem. Therefore eliminate coffee, tea, wine, berries and dark condiments from your diet as much as possible.

Of course, nothing is more important than seeing  Dr. Terence Geary, Dr. Mary Eileen Geary or Dr. Angel Shah at Geary Dentistry, in Brookfield, every six months for routine care. Even if you properly care for your smile at home, you still need to get routine cleanings and exams to make sure your smile is healthy. Call us today at (262) 860-1500 to schedule your next visit.

By Geary Dentistry
March 27, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  
Dental Veneers What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, often referred to as dental veneers, are thin shells that are applied to the front of your teeth to improve the overall look and appearance of your smile. Porcelain veneers are a great option for someone wanting to hide certain dental flaws that other cosmetic procedures can’t handle, in a relatively non-invasive manner.
What Dental Imperfections Can Veneers Hide?
Dental veneers are a great option for anyone dealing with these common problems:
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor overlapping
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth
Located in Brookfield and dealing with any of these dental issues? Porcelain veneers at Geary Dentistry could be the treatment you've been looking for!
What is the Veneer Procedure Like?
Dental veneers come in a variety of shades to match just about any smile. After choosing the right type of veneers for you, we will apply special resin between your tooth and the veneer and use a laser to harden the resin for good. Once this is polished and complete, you will have a brand new smile!
A major plus of opting for porcelain veneers is that this procedure removes only a minimal amount of surface enamel which is replaced with a thin shell of bonded porcelain. Because of this, a minimal amount of anesthetic can be used.
How long do dental veneers last?
With the proper care and upkeep veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years before needing to be replaced. During this time it’s important that you continue to brush and floss your veneers, just as you would your natural teeth. Also, you still need to keep up with routine dental cleanings and exams to make sure your smile is healthy.
If you want to give your smile a little spring makeover, then it’s time to find out whether dental veneers are right for you. Schedule a consultation today at Geary Dentistry, and give yourself the gift of a beautiful new smile! We are conveniently located on the border between Wauwatosa, Brookfield and Elm Grove.