As an established and respected dental lab in Philadelphia, PA, and the surrounding region, Cornerstone Dental Labs prides itself on providing high-quality solutions to dentists and their patients. We strive to deliver a customer-driven approach to providing your practice with the tools needed to treat your patients successfully. In this article, we will discuss the history, construction, and benefits of using Feldspathic veneers.
WHAT ARE DENTAL VENEERS?
Dental veneers are thin shells or covers that are placed and adhered to the visible part of the tooth. They are made from either porcelain or composite resin material. Porcelain veneers are strong, long-lasting, and durable. This material results in a natural-looking surface and does not stain easily. Feldspathic porcelain was the primary material for creating porcelain veneers. While generally not as strong or wear-resistant, the benefits of composite resin veneers are that they are less costly than porcelain, and are easy to fix if damaged. For both materials, during the process, less tooth enamel needs to be removed compared to crowns or caps.
Due to their strength, longevity, biocompatibility, and aesthetics, veneers are often sought after to create a more classically-looking tooth. They are a popular solution for covering chipped, stained, worn, or misshapen teeth; as well as correcting gaps between the teeth. As they look like natural teeth, veneers can be used to amend a large range of dental issues. They are considered to be one of the most practical and desired dental treatments.
HISTORY AND USAGE OF VENEERS
At the beginning of the 1980s, masters in the craft of dentistry sought to develop a long-lasting, biocompatible, and attractive solution for those seeking to correct cosmetic and dental issues. Feldspathic veneers became an increasingly popular treatment for patients. They offered a minimal preparation dental correction option that could be catered to individuals on a large scale.
With Feldspathic porcelain, each facade is crafted by hand using an intensive process to create highly personalized and realistic veneers. Yet, with the advent of computer-aided manufacturing processes, the art of Feldspathic veneer creation has faded in importance.
THE CREATIVE PROCESS OF MAKING VENEERS
The process of Feldspathic veneer creation begins with the intricate layering of glass-based sodium dioxide with liquid components. Sodium dioxide naturally contains elements such as potassium and, of course, sodium. When correctly combined with certain metals, zirconia, and alumina, the resulting product is referred to as feldspar porcelain. Highly desired due to its resemblance to natural teeth, feldspar porcelain remains the epitome of veneer construction.
A dental craftsman constructs Feldspathic veneers through an intensive layering and firing process, using platinum foils, and refractory dyes. Platinum is used in the smelting process as it will not melt in the oven and prevents the porcelain from shrinking or warping. The components and processes used to create a translucent and finish quality are remarkably similar to natural teeth. Many dental experts ascertain feldspar porcelain veneers are indistinguishable from the real thing.
Synthetic forms of the sodium dioxide and liquid solution have since been developed. Synthetic porcelains versus natural Feldspar porcelains are continued to be debated in terms of performance.
As previously mentioned, computer-assisted manufacturing has overtaken traditional dental construction techniques as it offers a fast and efficient supply solution to the increasing demand for veneers. Although these new technologies also provide benefits to veneer construction, they often lack the life-like appearance of Feldspathic porcelain. The art of delicately layering and firing porcelain components with the platinum foil technique is slowly being lost as a craft.
Cornerstone Dental Labs is one of the remaining laboratories that still offer Feldspathic veneers. Our master creators work diligently to create an extremely thin body that is as close as possible to the look of natural teeth. For patients seeking a minimally invasive, aesthetically attractive, and long-lasting solution for dental issues, Feldspathic veneers are the superior choice.
ADVANTAGES OF FELDSPATHIC VENEERS
There are many unique advantages to Feldspathic veneers. First and foremost, the natural appearance of Feldspathic veneers is unparalleled in comparison to computer-assisted pressed veneers. The hand-crafted veneers are created with a brush and translucent glass-based powder mixed with a liquid that allows the existing tooth shades to be seen. The materials are artfully combined to create the perfect tooth shade. The result is a highly aesthetic and lifelike veneer that mimics the natural dentition of the teeth. Shape, texture, and natural beauty are the priorities of this artistry. When patients pursue the most realistic option for their dental procedures, Feldspathic veneers are the obvious choice.
More and more patients have begun requesting less invasive treatments, while at the same time requesting higher levels of aesthetics. The desire for thinner veneers that have the ability to preserve natural tooth structure and appearance has risen. The handcrafting of Feldspathic porcelain allows for the creation of veneers with a thickness of less than 0.5mm, which can then be further refined to 0.3mm. Alternative veneers require more thickness to mask unwanted shades, resulting in bulkier and uncomfortable coverage. Moreover, the thinness of Feldspathic veneers gives dentists the ability to offer veneers with minimal preparation. You will be able to assure your patients that their natural teeth will not need to be significantly altered to fit the veneers.
Feldspathic porcelain bonds remarkably to enamel, resulting in a strengthened tooth with the assistance of the veneer. They are sturdy and durable especially when the dentist is cautious and conservative with the drill, and maintains the majority of the enamel.
HOW CAN THE DENTAL LAB HELP?
With the advent of mass-produced veneers, the craft of Feldspathic porcelain has become a dying art. While the quality of these veneers is equal to or above and lasts just as long, the hand-crafting aspect complicates the system. They take longer to make, the materials are more costly, and the process requires more training for the dentist and the manufacturing lab. Feldspathic dental veneers are now mainly left for the market of the higher end. Yet, as a leading dental lab in Philadelphia, PA, and the surrounding areas, The Dental Lab makes all kinds of dental veneers. With multiple skilled artisans on staff, The Dental Lab is the premier source for Feldspathic veneers. For more information about our handcrafted Feldspathic veneers, contact our team today.
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