B. Jeffrey Kay, DDS -  - Emergency Dentist

B. Jeffrey Kay, DDS

Emergency Dentist & General & Cosmetic Dentist located in San Mateo, CA

Veneers Specialist

Veneers are popular choices for correcting many cosmetic defects, including gaps between teeth and deep stains that can't be corrected with whitening treatments. Dr. B. Jeffrey Kay is a skilled provider of veneers for patients in San Mateo, CA, using state-of-the-art techniques for veneers that look and feel natural and beautiful.

Veneers Q&A

by B. Jeffrey Kay, DDS

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are very thin shells that rest on the surfaces of teeth to correct an array of cosmetic issues, including:

  • deeply stained teeth

  • teeth that appear crooked

  • teeth that appear too small

  • cracks and chips in teeth

  • uneven or worn-down tooth surfaces

  • gaps between teeth

Veneers can be tinted to match neighboring teeth so they blend in and look natural, and because they're thin, they're very comfortable once applied.

How are dental veneers applied to teeth?

Dental veneer application typically requires two visits. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared for the veneer with the removal of a small amount of tooth material from the front surface of the tooth. This provides room for the veneer so it doesn't “stick out” or extend over the edges of the tooth once it's applied. An impression is made of the tooth and sent to the lab where the veneer will be created. A temporary veneer may be placed on the tooth to protect it. At the second visit, the tooth surface is carefully cleaned and the veneer is applied with a very strong adhesive, then gently shaped so it fits comfortably and blends in with the surrounding teeth.

Are veneers hard to care for?

No, veneers can be cared for like natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing and routine trips to the dentist to ensure the veneer remains firmly adhered to the tooth. Like natural teeth, veneers can become stained, so it's important to care for them properly to keep them looking their best. Veneers can also become chipped like natural teeth. To avoid damage, don't chew on ice or hard candy and never use teeth as prying devices.

How long will a veneer last?

With proper care, a dental veneer can last a decade or more.

Are veneers better than teeth whitening?

Veneers are more costly than whitening, but they are the best solution for teeth that have deep discoloration, including teeth that have root or interior damage or that have become deeply discolored due to illness or medication use.


We accept most dental insurances. Here is a short-list of some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Delta Dental
United Healthcare

Words from our patients

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    "He demonstrates the kind of care I think we'd all want in a medical practitioner. You can feel safe in his care -- I know I do."

    HL M.
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    "It is so hard these days to find good doctors and dentist, but I can truly say I will be a patient of Dr. Kays for a long time - at least until my teeth fall out"

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    "Fantastic experience here...I feel that Dr Kay is an honest individual who actually cares about the well being of his patients."

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B. Jeffrey Kay, DDS
255 North San Mateo Drive, #3
San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: 650-825-9460
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