If you are looking for a complete smile makeover, you have probably heard of dental veneers. They are porcelain shells that bond to your existing teeth. They help rejuvenate your smile and give you the beautiful smile you are looking for. There are many different types of veneers ranging from E-max to composite veneers. A different kind of dental veneer has gained popularity in recent years; feldspathic porcelain veneers. This article will discuss what makes this type of dental veneer different and how it can help change your smile and your life.
What are Feldspathic Porcelain Veneers?
These veneers are composed of glass molecules, making them very cosmetic. Many cosmetic dentists use them when a patient demands a more natural look to their smile. Unlike E-Max Veneers, they are a bit more susceptible to fracture. They are typically placed for patients with high esthetic demands. A big stipulation with feldspathic veneers is that you cannot be a grinder. Bruxers tend to have a high likelihood of breaking these veneers if they have them placed. Once they have been bonded, your dental team will likely need to construct a nightguard appliance to prevent their wear and tear.
How much do Feldspathic Veneers Cost?
On average, feldspathic veneers tend to cost more than traditional dental veneers. This is because the lab costs for your dentist increase due to the material used to make them. Expect to pay $1,500 per tooth for feldspathic porcelain veneers. This may not include other costs such as diagnostic models, x-rays, and consultation examinations. Dental insurance typically does not cover cosmetic dentistry, so these prices will have to be paid out-of-pocket for all patients. Your dental team may have financing options to help you with your budgeting.
How are Feldspathic Porcelain Veneers Bonded?
Your cosmetic dental team will take a series of steps to cement your veneers:
- Your teeth are acid etched with a blue gel. This helps improve the bond strength between your teeth and the feldspathic veneers.
- The area is isolated to keep the site entirely dry.
- Cement and bonding agents bond the veneers onto your teeth.
- The excess cement is removed, and the adhesive is solidified permanently using a dental light.
How long will my Feldspathic Porcelain Veneers Last?
Many patients ask us how long their veneers last. We always tell them it depends on how well you take care of them. Most dental veneers last around 10-15 years. They can last even longer with reasonable care (brushing, flossing, regular dental checkups).
Creating a new smile means making a new you. Talk to our dental team about Feldspathic Porcelain Veneers. Our Houston dental office is always open to any lingering questions you may have. We hope to hear from you very soon.