When you want a compelling makeover for your smile, veneers are hard to beat. They are ideal for correcting small imperfections, rebuilding your grin, and boosting your confidence. Thanks to their effectiveness and popularity, several kinds of veneers now exist. Two of the most popular are eMax veneers and zirconia veneers. If you’re considering dental veneers, let’s see which one would be right for you.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are a fantastic way to fix minor problems with your teeth’ size, shape, or color. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-colored material that is bonded over the front of the tooth to improve its appearance immediately. Some of the natural tooth must be removed to accommodate the bulk of the veneer, which makes the thickness required to achieve stability a concern. Naturally, aesthetics is also a key factor.

Different Types of Veneers

What Should I Know About eMax Veneers?

A type of porcelain veneer, eMax veneers are made from lithium disilicate glass ceramic. That’s important because this unique material has a translucent quality that mimics natural enamel better than virtually anything else on the market. If you want an indistinguishable veneer from natural teeth, then you want eMax veneers. Plus, eMax is stronger than traditional porcelain veneers so it can be crafted in very thin layers. That means more of the natural tooth can be preserved as the veneers are installed. An eMax veneer will also serve you well when cared for properly. Most have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years.

What Should I Know About Zirconia Veneers?

Another kind of porcelain veneer, zirconia veneers, is made from a biocompatible material used in joint replacements and other medical devices called Yttrium-stabilized zirconium dioxide. It delivers strength without bulk, so veneers crafted from this material can be delightfully slim. Again, not much of the natural tooth must be removed before installing the new veneer. Zirconia is so strong that the material is often recommended for people with bruxism, or grinding teeth. However, zirconia is opaque. As a result, it looks less natural than eMax. However, it can be better at hiding darker stains and discolorations. What about lifespan? A zirconia veneer can last 20 years or more with proper care.

Which Dental Veneer Is Best?

The best dental veneer is the veneer that best suits your specific needs. If your priority is aesthetics, you’ll probably lean toward veneers made from eMax. With the way that their translucent material blends into the rest of your smile, they’re nearly impossible to pick out from natural teeth. However, if you have a habit of chewing on ice or other tough materials, have been diagnosed with bruxism, or you have dark stains on your teeth that might show through translucent veneers, then zirconia veneers would be your perfect pick.

If improving your smile with veneers is intriguing, contact Wekiva Dental. We love healthy, happy smiles. Our team will be delighted to help transform yours. Contact us today to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.