Posted on 5/20/2019 by Dr. Bijan Modjtahedi
|Veneers are a great solution to address many cosmetic dentistry issues. They can make your teeth look straighter, whiter, and more attractive, but not everyone will be a candidate. Read on to find out if you might be a candidate for Zirconia veneers.
What is Zirconia?
Zirconia is a member of the titanium family, and it is commonly found in electrical fixtures, dinnerware, and other products. Well known for its durability, zirconia is an ideal product for use in dental restorations. Zirconia is used for dental crowns, especially those found in the back of the mouth, as the molars require strength for grinding food and chewing.
Zirconia is also a popular veneer material. Zirconia is supplied to dental labs and offices in block form, and it is then milled by a CAD CAM into the desired shape. Once fitted, the veneers can be put into place to create an idea smile.
Compared to porcelain, zirconia is a material that is not as translucent. This means it doesn't allow in as much light, but advances are being made to improve the color of zirconia veneers. However, zirconia is stronger than porcelain, which often makes it the preference over other materials.
Who is a Candidate for Veneers?
If you are considering veneers, you need to know if you are a candidate. You'll need to have relatively healthy teeth free of cracks, gum disease, gingivitis, and serious tooth decay, as veneers cannot be placed on unhealthy teeth. You need adequate tooth enamel to provide veneers the proper support, and you shouldn't clench or grind. Veneers aren't as strong as the natural teeth, so any activities that may put unnatural pressure onto them need to be avoided.
Are you interested in learning more about zirconia veneers? If so, call our office today for an evaluation and to find out more about our services.