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DENTAL EMAX VENEERS VS. ZIRCONIUM CROWNS: An In-Depth Comparison for Your Ideal Smile

DENTAL EMAX VENEERS VS. ZIRCONIUM CROWNS: An In-Depth Comparison for Your Ideal Smile

When considering dental enhancements, dental Emax veneers and Zirconium crowns stand out as popular choices for achieving a radiant smile. As you explore your dental options, it’s essential to understand the differences between these two treatments, which are frequently sought after and offered at Aqua Dental Clinic in Istanbul, Turkey.

Understanding Dental Emax Veneers

Dental Emax veneers, known as Lithium Silicate veneers, are celebrated for their restorative qualities. They are crafted to cover only the visible areas of the teeth, adeptly repairing and improving the aesthetics of damaged or broken teeth. Their hallmark is the translucent quality that ensures a natural and appealing appearance, contributing to an attractive smile.

Exploring Zirconium Crowns

Zirconium crowns, on the other hand, are made from zirconium oxide, a robust ceramic material. These crowns can be used for both full and partial restorations, aiming to repair damaged teeth. They offer various shades to choose from, providing flexibility to enhance the natural look of your teeth. Zirconium crowns are highly durable, boasting remarkable strength, and their aesthetics are further improved through a porcelain finish.

Choosing Between Emax and Zirconium

Selecting between Emax veneers and Zirconium crowns should be influenced by your individual preferences and the location of the tooth being restored. Here are some key factors to consider:

Strength and Durability: While both Emax and Zirconium are durable, Zirconium is exceptionally resilient and less prone to wear and tear. It is the preferred choice for restoring darker teeth located underneath, as it prevents excessive light transmission. Zirconium is especially suitable for individuals with metal allergies or those seeking metal-free restorations.

Aesthetics: If aesthetics are a priority, both Emax and Zirconium can provide visually pleasing results. However, Emax veneers offer superior light transmission and transparency, making them an ideal choice for those who prioritize aesthetics. They allow for a more natural appearance and minimal removal of natural tooth structure during preparation.

MonoBlock® (Monolithic Zirconium)

MonoBlock, or Monolithic Zirconium, represents the next generation of crown and bridge porcelain restorations. These crowns, milled from solid blocks of zirconium, undergo a sintering process at high temperatures, resulting in virtually indestructible restorations. They are designed for posterior restorations and offer resistance to chipping and fractures, though they may have limited aesthetic properties.

Commonly Asked Questions

Use for Anterior and Posterior Crowns: Emax, ideal for visible areas, is often chosen for anterior restorations due to its translucency, which offers a more natural appearance. For posterior teeth, where durability and wear resistance are paramount, Zirconium is the preferred choice, as it can withstand the rigorous chewing forces and can be used for all teeth, not just those in visible areas.

Strength and Aesthetics: Zirconium crowns excel in providing strength and aesthetics. Emax veneers are also an excellent choice, depending on individual clinical requirements.

Complex Requirements: Tailored guidance is recommended for complex cases. Aqua Dental Clinic’s experts are dedicated to delivering personalized solutions for your unique needs.

Remember that your choice should align with your specific dental requirements, and professional guidance is essential for making the right decision. At Aqua Dental Clinic in Istanbul, Turkey, we are committed to providing top-quality dental care and guiding you towards a healthier, more beautiful smile. Contact us for a free online consultation and embark on your journey to a confident new you. Your transformation begins here.


Many patients have questions about their treatment duration and what to expect when they arrive at Aqua Dental Clinic for their smile makeover. We’re here to provide you with an overview of what you can anticipate during your dental journey with us. So, sit back, relax, and let’s get started.

Before Your Visit

Before you embark on your dental journey with us, you’ll receive a message via WhatsApp with details of your first appointment, which typically takes place the day after your arrival in Istanbul. When you arrive, please make sure you’ve had a meal, brought something to read, and don’t forget to bring your passport.

Your First Visit to Aqua Dental Clinic

When you step into Aqua Dental Clinic, our reception staff will greet you, ask you to fill out some forms, and scan your passport. You’ll then undergo an OPG full mouth X-ray and a 3D X-ray if necessary. While waiting for your dental consultation, you can relax in our clinic’s coffee bar and take advantage of our WiFi. Feel free to check yourself in and share your experience on Instagram, tagging us at “aquadental_en”

During your consultation, your dentist will review your oral health based on the X-rays. This may reveal additional treatments that were not apparent in your initial photos. After discussing your oral health and treatment options, you and your dentist will agree on a treatment plan and a smile makeover design. Once you’re satisfied and everything is agreed upon, you’ll sign your consent treatment form, and the process of creating your new smile begins.

Starting Your Smile Makeover

We want to ensure your comfort during the procedure, so our dental chairs come with built-in screens, allowing you to listen to your favorite playlist or watch TV shows or movies. It typically takes about two hours to file down your teeth, usually 1mm for laminate veneers and 2mm for full veneers or crowns. This allows the new veneers or crowns to fit over your original teeth. In some cases, for small or worn-down teeth, your new smile design may be made larger to fit your bite correctly. Please don’t worry about discomfort during this process; we will provide a local anesthetic administered through a fine needle, which feels like a tiny nip, similar to an insect bite. After your teeth have been filed down, we will take photos and impressions of your teeth and bite, sending them to our laboratory for the creation of your new smile. You will wait for one to two hours in our coffee bar area while your temporary teeth are being made. These temporaries look different from your final result; they are for temporary use until your new teeth are ready. Once your temporaries are fitted, you’re free to enjoy your holiday. You’ll need to return to the clinic in two days for your next appointment, and we’ll send you a message via WhatsApp with the appointment details.

Your Second Visit to Aqua Dental Clinic – Trial Fit

During this visit, you’ll have a trial fit of your new teeth. Your temporary teeth will be removed, and your new veneers or crowns will be placed on top of your teeth. Multiple dentists may be present during this session to ensure a perfect fit. We must also ensure your bite is correct with your new smile during this trial fit. Therefore, no anesthetic will be administered to maintain your bite’s natural state, which may lead to slight discomfort and sensitivity, but this will be brief, and we can provide effective pain relief afterward. After checking the fit and finalizing any changes you’d like to make to your veneers or crowns, we’ll send your teeth back to our laboratory to complete and polish. Your temporaries will be refitted, and you can continue enjoying your holiday. You’ll return to the clinic in a day or two for your fitting appointment.

Your Third Visit to Aqua Dental Clinic – Final Fit

Once again, you’ll be welcomed by our team and directed to our coffee bar. Your temporary teeth will be removed, and your new veneers or crowns, now sterilized and polished, will be fitted permanently. Local anesthetic will be administered to ensure a painless process. The final fit will involve thorough checks, which will take a few hours, but we’ll make sure to keep you as comfortable as possible with your favorite music or entertainment. Your smile is ready to be admired by all, and you can share your experience on social media. Following a brief wait, you’ll be free to celebrate your new smile makeover and enjoy the rest of your holiday. Just remember to wait a couple of hours before eating.

Your Final Visit to Aqua Dental Clinic – Smile Transformation

Your final visit may occur on the same day as your second visit or the day after. We’ll send you a message via WhatsApp to inform you about your final check-up appointment. During this visit, we’ll capture photos of your completed smile, so be prepared for a photoshoot. After a final X-ray and a brief assessment by your dentist, your journey will be complete.