Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic or lithium disilicate plates.
They completely transform your smile, covering the front part of the tooth. They resemble natural teeth, providing strength and stability. Ultra-thin restorations as thin as 0.5 mm are available.
- Highly aesthetic
- High biocompatibility
- Resistant to staining
- Easy to care for
- Weak resistance to mechanical damage
Types of porcelain veneers
- CAD / CAM
Plates made of pressed ceramic are produced based on a 3D model of the patient’s jaw using modern computer technology and milling. This allows for a high degree of fit and good aesthetic results.
- On the refractor
Ultra-thin restorations are made using layer-by-layer porcelain application. This allows for an exact replication of the transparency of natural tooth enamel.
- E-max (lithium disilicate)
Made from pressed ceramics. They have a high adhesion rate, good light transmission, and transparency. They are very thin (like veneers) while being strong.
How many veneers can be placed?
You can have a restoration on just a single tooth. However, to achieve the most natural effect, plates are fixed across the entire smile zone (6 – 10 teeth).
Zirconia veneers are made from zirconium dioxide, an extremely durable material (using CAD/CAM technology).
- Very highly aesthetic (Multi-layer)
- Perfect biocompatibility
- High strength
- Resistant to staining
- High cost (justified by the quality of materials and production complexity)
- Unnatural appearance (for solid zirconia)
Types of zirconia restorations:
A plate that, thanks to layer-by-layer application, allows for mimicking the color and transparency gradient of a natural tooth from the gumline to the cutting edge.
- Solid Zirconia
Made using CAD/CAM technology from high-strength monolithic zirconium dioxide blocks. They have low transparency, making the veneers look unnatural.
Article Summary and Comparative Table
|Features||Porcelain Veneers||Zirconia Veneers|
|Service Life||10-12 years||15-20 years|
|Aesthetics||Impeccably mimic natural color, transparency, and shine of teeth||Multi-layer effectively replicates light conductivity/transparency of tooth enamel|
|Durability||Susceptible to chipping; porcelain plates may break under excessive pressure||Material is durable and resistant to mechanical damage|
There are some key differences between zirconia and porcelain veneers. However, both methods are used based on a dentist’s recommendation for dental treatment and smile design. They are also strong, long-lasting, and resistant to staining, eliminating the risk of allergies as they are biocompatible and non-toxic.
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