What are Emax veneers?

Emax is a type of ceramic material made with something called lithium disilicate.

Why do you use Emax?

Emax is a kind of pressed ceramic which is brilliant because of it’s strength, durability and the fact that we can use very thin veneers to get very natural results.

It is a very resistant material (360-400 MPa), which is easy to use and is resistant to wear over time, leading to excellent long-lasting results. It is also a material that fits perfectly with the anatomy of the gum, which gives patients a very comfortable fit and makes it very safe to use.

In terms of the cosmetic appearance, lithium disilicate is translucent, so it looks very natural and matches with other teeth very well.

Overall, we find it a very versatile material and one which we think gives excellent results for our patients.

We can use the Emax ceramic in the following ways –

  1. Minimally invasive inlays and onlays, which we use when there are very big cavities in the teeth to cover the area and restore strength and structure to the tooth,

  2. To make veneers

  3. To make crowns and bridges

What are the other options?

Veneers can also be done with feldspathic ceramics, which gives a very natural look which the patients really like, but they are not as strong as the Emax variety. Another option is composite veneers, which can be matched to the colour of your original teeth for a very natural look and are very strong.  However, the colour that is used on these veneers will wear off over time, so the look is not as long lasting and consistent.

What problems do you use veneers to treat?

Veneers are a great tool for dentists as they can help with a range of problems such as closing gaps between the teeth, discoloured teeth which doesn’t respond to whitening and wear due to grinding.

When are veneers not suitable for patients?

Veneers are suitable most of the time. However if patients already have crowns we can’t use them.