Add Symmetry and Charisma to Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

Imperfections in your smile such as small cracks, chips, or inconsistencies in shape may be minor – but they can easily take center stage when you look in the mirror. Dr. Kenneth Coffey offers porcelain veneers at his Orland Park, IL, practice to help you conceal these flaws and achieve the dazzling smile you deserve. If Dr. Coffey determines that porcelain veneers are the absolute best means of achieving the smile you desire, the procedure will be fully customized to complement your unique facial features and produce a dramatic overall enhancement. 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. 

Are You a Candidate?

Girl with Porcelain VeneersVeneers fit over the front surfaces of teeth to conceal a wide range of cosmetic flaws, such as:

  • Worn teeth
  • Chips 
  • Uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Cracks
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Deep discoloration
  • Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth

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.

Your Initial Consultation

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:

  • Have thin enamel
  • Clench or grind their teeth
  • Have uncontrolled gum disease
  • Cannot commit to a consistent dental hygiene routine

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 Procedure

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!

Caring for Your Veneers

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:

  • Biting your nails
  • Using your teeth as tools
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth

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. 

Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are a highly customizable procedure that can provide dramatic results. This cosmetic treatment offers several distinct advantages, such as:

  • Increased stain resistance: Dental porcelain is resistant to stains, meaning your entire smile can stay bright with proper care.
  • Biocompatible material: Veneers are made with porcelain because it does not irritate gum tissue, allowing for comfortable results.
  • Conservative treatment: Our veneers require little to no changes to the structure of your teeth, allowing you to retain maximum healthy dental tissue.
  • Natural-looking results: We carefully match the shade of porcelain in your veneers to the color of your smile, which provides a significant enhancement without looking unnatural.

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. 

Can I Afford Veneers?

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:

  • Your goals
  • Your current state of oral health
  • The number of teeth being treated

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. 

Learn More about Porcelain Veneers

When you are proud of your smile, it gives you a tremendous boost in confidence and makes a positive lasting impression on everyone around you. To find out whether a porcelain veneer would be the best way to enhance your smile, contact our Chicago-area practice online or give us a call at (708) 403-7888 today.

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