The main difference is due to the material used in the material of the two coatings. Therefore, its properties are also different. Less abrasion than teeth is sufficient in E-max applications.
E-max application requires more technical precision. In addition, while there are many clinics that apply zirconium, the number of clinics and laboratories applying E-max is less. Zirconium coating usually has a white and opaque structure. E-max is all glass material. The common feature of E-max and zirconium materials is that neither of them contain metal.
E-max and zirconium are used in smile design applications. With both veneers, the patient can achieve a result that is very close to the natural tooth. However, in terms of strength balance, zirconium is preferred instead of E-max in long bridges. Each has unique properties that are used interchangeably for different situations.
In terms of aesthetics, E-max is superior to zirconium. It can also be applied with much less abrasion than teeth. The dentist should be consulted to make a choice between E-max and zirconium.
What is E-max?
E-max is actually a brand name. It is one of the best dental coating materials on the market and is widely preferred in the world. It is prepared in private laboratories by compressing glass ceramics. There are also different brand alternatives, but the most common use is E-max. In addition, some of the materials that make a difference in smile design are Laminate veneers and full crowns, inlays and onlays.
Advantages of E-Max Coating
The E-max coating is a form of lithium disilicate ceramic.
- It has a durable structure.
- It is very similar to natural teeth.
- It has a translucent image. Therefore, it is very difficult to distinguish it from natural teeth.
- The E-max coating does not contain metal. Even if the patient has gum recession, there is no metal to be seen.
- It can be worked with finer workmanship than zirconium coating.
- It is specially produced to fit the patient’s mouth.
- It appears more transparent than the standard zirconium coating. Thanks to the ceramic material, it allows the light to pass more and provides a natural appearance.
Zirconium coating is obtained from an element known for its density. This crystal is very durable. In addition, it is used not only in aesthetic dentistry but also in many medical fields because it can adapt to the human body.
Usually, zirconium coating is applied to the area surrounding the tooth and it is produced by combining two kinds of materials, porcelain coating, on it. While veneers made of zirconium are suitable for the inner part of the crown, it is preferred to make porcelain for the outer part.
Zirconium crowns are popular because they have a durable structure. However, zirconium crystal has some disadvantages. Therefore, zirconium veneers are preferred for the posterior teeth in areas with missing teeth, while E-max veneers are preferred for the anterior teeth.