There are tradeoffs for both Zirconia and Porcelain. Zirconia is regarded as significantly more durable than porcelain; it is much less likely to chip or fracture and it handles the everyday stresses of eating as well.
It’s a matter of opinion but some patients think that porcelain has a somewhat more natural look. Both are white and both look extremely similar to a patient’s original teeth. It’s a choice that is ultimately decided on an individual basis between the dentist and the patient.
Veneers can essentially be thought of as a shield of sorts for your teeth. They serve to both cosmetically enhance and protect a user’s natural teeth should they be damaged or unsightly. Veneers made of zirconia are thought to be among the most durable and natural looking options. Zirconia, when used in dental applications, is a ceramic-like substance that ideal for patients who have metal allergies.
Zirconia is known for its durability. While they may not last a lifetime, the consensus is that zirconia veneers can last between 10 and 20 years, and possibly longer with proper upkeep. Zirconia is highly-durable compared to porcelain and other veneer options.
Emax veneers are made of enhanced porcelain that can be very thinly layered onto natural teeth with minimal or no drilling. Unlike normal porcelain, Emax veneers are more resistant to chipping and breaking, yet still preserve the natural look of the patient’s original teeth
Zirconia crowns are an increasingly popular choice among dentists and patients alike for their enhanced durability and mostly-natural appearance. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are also a popular option as they preserve the natural look of the tooth. Both options have their pros and cons and the choice will likely come down the user’s personal preference in consultation with the dentist.
Zirconia is actually stronger than the metal that is used in PFM crowns, and it is particularly appealing to those who may be allergic to metals like titanium, which are commonly used in dentistry. We’ve found that the respective aesthetic properties of zirconia and porcelain are largely a matter of opinion, so this may come down to patient preference.