Enhance Your Smile with e.max Veneers: The Ultimate Guide

July 20, 2023

e.max veneers
Greg Schubert | Blog Author at Pro-Craft

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Greg Schubert

If you’re looking for the most natural-looking veneers, IPS e.max veneers are an excellent option. The opalescence and light diffusion of this popular veneer material are practically unmatched. And, when you use a dental lab like Pro-Craft, you can offer your patients phenomenal aesthetics.

These dental restorations are also prized for their strength and durability, making them a good fit for most cases. But you’ll need to know how these veneers compare to others and how well they stand up over time before offering them at your practice.

In this ultimate guide to e.max veneers, you’ll learn everything there is to know about these natural-looking restorations, including the benefits and aftercare tips to tell your patients.

What Are e.max Veneers?

E.max veneers are a type of porcelain veneer made from lithium disilicate, durable glass-ceramic.

These veneers are known for being very thin, making it easier to bond the material to the patient’s teeth. The lithium glass-ceramic material also features a slight translucence and opalescence, making it a good fit for aesthetic applications.

Different Types of e.max Veneers

Ivoclar Vivadent, the creator of e.max veneers, has made it possible for dentists to offer their patients the best possible results by offering several types of IPS e.max Press ingots. Your dental lab can use different techniques to form natural-looking veneers as well as e.max crowns from the e.max ingots.

Here are the different types of IPS e.max Press ingots you can use for veneers:

  • IPS e.max Press HT. These are high translucency veneers that work well for small restorations. They adapt to the tooth structure, helping them to blend in with natural teeth.
  • IPS e.max Press Impulse. If you require veneers in lighter tooth shades for a patient, consider using this type of e.max veneer material. The glass ceramic is lighter and has a subtle opalescent effect, making it ideal for anterior teeth.
  • IPS e.max Press MT. The MT stands for medium translucency. You can use this e.max glass-ceramic material for occlusal veneers and anterior veneers.
  • IPS e.max Press Multi. This type of e.max veneer is a multi-shaded ceramic material.

How e.max Veneers Compare to Other Veneer Materials

E.max veneers are similar to other porcelain veneers in that they are strong, long-lasting, and good at mimicking the appearance of natural teeth.

However, some distinctions make these lithium disilicate veneers stand out.

E.max veneers are both strong and thin. Because they’re lighter than other veneers, your patients can experience a more comfortable fit.

These veneers also stand above other materials for their appearance. At our Pro-Craft Dental Laboratory, we hand-layer the opalescence and light diffusion into each restoration, allowing us to create a stunning veneer every time.

With e.max veneers, you can also count on impressive flexural strength. These veneers are about twice as strong as traditional porcelain veneers.

Suitability and Indications for e.max Veneers

Because they are light, strong, and natural-looking, e.max veneers work well in most applications. Your dental practice can apply then to incisors, canines, and premolars to correct color issues, improve the shape of broken, chipped, misshaped, or short teeth, and mask an overlap or a wide space between teeth.

E.max veneers aren’t always the best fit for molars, especially if the patient has bruxism or strong jaw muscularity. In that case, zirconia restorations, which are even better at resisting pressure, are a better option.

The Process of Getting e.max Veneers with Pro-Craft

We make getting e.max veneers from our dental laboratory seamless. After consulting with your patient and creating a treatment plan, the fun begins.

Tooth Preparation

Because e-max veneers are lighter and easier to apply than other veneers, only minimal tooth reduction is required.

As the veneer shell is thin, the natural tooth underneath might be visible. If your patient has heavily stained teeth, consider lightening the tooth before applying the veneer.

Impression and Laboratory Fabrication

You can send a digital file of the impression to our dental lab. We’ll get to work right away. We won’t mill your e.max veneers. Instead, we wax and press each restoration to achieve perfect margins and fit

Our expert technicians handcraft every e.max veneer, ensuring your patient ends up with a beautiful restoration that’s a perfect match for their teeth. For digital scans, you can expect a five-day turnaround.

Bonding the e.max Veneers

E.max veneers are known for being some of the most minimally invasive restorations available today. We can produce very thin veneers that still possess the high strength of lithium disilicate.

Bonding e.max veneers is also far easier than bonding for other porcelain veneers because the material is lighter and thinner.

You can count on a flawless fit with e.max veneers fabricated in our lab — at Pro-Craft, we specialize in high aesthetic products and ensure each dental restoration is a flawless match.

Benefits of e.max Veneers

Using IP e.max veneers can help your dental practice stand out. Here’s how:

Aesthetic Advantages

The light diffusion and translucence create a chameleon effect: it’s difficult to spot the difference between the restoration and the natural teeth.

This consistent beauty gives you a predictable restoration product you know will look attractive and please your patients. Ceramic veneers are also bio-compatible, so there’s no worry that the material will agitate nearby gum tissue.

Durability and Strength

With these veneers, you get the perfect balance between beauty and strength. The e.max veneer material has a flexural strength of 470 MPa and a high fracture toughness of 2.5 – 3 MPa. Even though they’re thin, they’re very resistant to breakages and chips.

They’re also long-lasting — they can last over a decade with proper care.

Stain-Resistance and Maintenance

Porcelain veneers, in general, are stain-resistant. If the patient keeps up with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, their veneers won’t stain prematurely from common offenders, like coffee, tea, and red wine.  

Improved Confidence and Self-Esteem

Beautiful, natural-looking, and strong enough that there’s no worry about chips and damage, e.max veneers can make your patient feel good. They’ll be able to smile with confidence, knowing their dental restorations look great.

Aftercare and Long-Term Maintenance for e.max Veneers

E.max veneers are long-lasting. But that doesn’t mean they don’t require proper care to keep them in top-notch condition. Here’s what your patients considering e.max veneers should know about aftercare and long-term maintenance:

Oral Hygiene Practices for e.max Veneers

It’s essential to keep up with daily oral hygiene. That includes the following:

  • Brush twice daily for at least two minutes using a nonabrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush.
  • Floss at least once a day — e.max veneers are strong enough to floss around.
  • Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash at least once daily to minimize mouth bacteria.

Regular Dental Visits and Check-ups

Recommend visits every six months. Regular dental check-ups will give you a chance to identify any issues, such as chips or staining, and address them before they become worse.

Managing Habits that May Affect Veneers

Teeth grinding is one habit that can negatively impact porcelain veneers. If your patient has bruxism, they might benefit from an occlusal guard to minimize the stress placed on their teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions About e.max Veneers

Here are answers to some of the questions we’re asked about e.max veneers.

How long do e.max veneers last?

They can last between 10 and 20 years or more. How well your patient cares for their veneers and your own skill during bonding will impact their longevity.

How much do e.max veneers cost?

These highly aesthetic veneers are more expensive than traditional porcelain veneers. The exact cost depends on the type of e.max veneer material and the application.

Who should not get e.max veneers?

Patients with tooth decay or gum disease might not be good candidates for any type of porcelain veneers. You’ll also want to talk to your patients about tooth grinding and chewing — heavy grinders and chewers might be better served with a stronger material, such as zirconia.

Give Your Patients the Beautiful, Natural-Looking Restorations of Their Dreams with e.max. Veneers

E.max veneers offer beauty, versatility, and strength. They’re an ideal type of veneer for aesthetic applications and a must-have for modern dental practices.

Contact Pro-Craft Dental Laboratory today to learn more about our IPA e.max veneers and how they can elevate your practice.



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