Feeling self-conscious about chips, stains, and gaps in your smile can severely diminish your confidence and quality of life.
Dr. Kenneth W. Coffey serves the Chicago, IL, area and can transform your smile by concealing these imperfections with custom porcelain veneers.
Why should you consider veneers?
The dental-grade porcelain used to create your veneers replicates many of the natural qualities of your teeth. Each veneer will be shade-matched to achieve the most flattering results.
Veneers can address several aesthetic issues all at once including stains, gaps, chips, and even minor misalignment. You can achieve dramatic improvement with a single treatment.
Since veneers are made of strong materials, they can last up to 10 years, and sometimes longer with proper care. However, they will need to be maintained and eventually replaced.
How do porcelain veneers conceal imperfections?
Why are porcelain veneers and other cosmetic treatments so popular?
These thin porcelain fixtures are custom-crafted to blend in with your existing teeth to create a beautiful, natural-looking improvement in your dental aesthetics.
Veneers fit over the front surfaces of teeth to conceal a wide range of cosmetic flaws, such as:
The key to a successful smile enhancement with porcelain veneers is determining whether they can provide you with long-term satisfaction. In some cases, a worn-down tooth may be the product of a bigger problem such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which should be treated before any cosmetic enhancements are performed.
An alignment issue may require an orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign® or traditional braces. If the discoloration, chipping, or misalignment in your smile is not a result of a more urgent dental health issue, porcelain veneers may be an excellent choice for you.
During an appointment at our office, Dr. Coffey will examine your smile and discuss your goals to determine if veneers are the right solution for you. He will also perform an evaluation of your oral health to decide if you need any additional treatments before placing your veneers.
In general, we do not recommend veneers for patients who:
If you do not qualify for dental veneers, Dr. Coffey can discuss alternatives with you, such as teeth whitening or dental bonding. If you decide to proceed with veneers, he can work with you to plan out your treatment and ensure your results fit your cosmetic goals.
The process of placing a veneer requires an initial consultation and examination, followed by two chair visits.
The process of placing a veneer requires an initial consultation and examination, followed by two chair visits. Once Dr. Coffey has determined that you are a candidate for veneers, we will schedule an appointment.
During your first appointment, Dr. Coffey will make any necessary alterations to your tooth. Our veneers require relatively little alteration. A very small amount of enamel may be removed from the surface of the tooth you wish to treat in order to make the veneer lay flush with surrounding teeth. Next, we will take an impression of the tooth or teeth you wish to enhance.
That information will be sent to an offsite laboratory, where skilled dental technicians will craft your veneers from porcelain specially selected to match the color of your natural teeth.
In two to three weeks, your veneer will be ready for placement. During your second appointment, Dr. Coffey will clean your tooth and apply a special dental adhesive that will hold the veneer in place. Finally, you can leave our office with an incredible new smile!
Veneers are very durable, but not indestructible. However, by taking proper care of your porcelain veneer, you can expect it to provide you with many years of confident, dazzling smiles. In addition to daily brushing and flossing, you should take care to avoid using your veneer to bite or chew foods that are overly hard or sticky. It is also essential to attend six-month dental checkups that will allow Dr. Coffey to detect any issues that may affect the health or appearance of your smile.
Other habits that can damage your veneers include:
If you do clench or grind, we recommend investing in a night guard to protect your veneers and your teeth from damage while you sleep.
Veneers are a highly customizable procedure that can provide dramatic results. This cosmetic treatment offers several distinct advantages, such as:
Dental veneers also combine well with other cosmetic treatments. Dr. Coffey can place veneers as part of a smile makeover plan. This type of treatment plan uses multiple cosmetic procedures to provide comprehensive enhancement of your smile.
The cost of porcelain veneers varies from patient to patient based on a range of factors. Some aspects of treatment that can affect the final cost of your veneers include:
In general, dental insurance does not cover cosmetic treatments. However, we believe in making cosmetic enhancements a fit for virtually any budget. Our practice accepts CareCredit® to help you manage out-of-pocket costs. This third-party organization offers flexible financing plans that can help you afford treatment with porcelain veneers.
Dr. Coffey has been practicing dentistry since 1986. His goal is to ensure you feel excited about, and empowered by, your results. He is proud to be affiliated with a variety of organizations, including:
For more information about our services, contact us online or call (708) 403-7888 today.
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