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What is Zirconium Dental Veneers?

Zirconium tooth coating is a porcelain tooth coating method with zirconium infrastructure. It is mostly applied to individuals who want to have beautiful teeth and an aesthetic smile. Individuals mostly prefer it to gain an aesthetic appearance on the front teeth. It is a material compatible with the gums. After the application, attention should be paid to oral and dental hygiene in daily life.

What is Zirconium Dental Veneers?

Zirconium, which is transformed into zirconia ceramic through special processes, is used in dental crowns. These are applications in which zirconium, which has no metal in its substructure, is processed. Zirconium veneers are known as the closest veneers to aesthetic appearance and natural teeth. For this reason, they are the most preferred products in aesthetic dentistry.

How to make zirconium veneer

Zirconium tooth coating is an application performed by dentists. First, the problem in the person's teeth is determined. Before the application, local anesthesia is applied to the handled area so that the patient does not experience any sensitivity. Teeth are reduced to the required size with digital applications.
The color and whiteness of the teeth to be veneered are selected according to the patient's wishes. During the preparation process of the veneers, the patient is fitted with temporary teeth. Zirconium teeth are prepared for about 3 to 5 days. The patient's consent is obtained and the temporary teeth are removed and the prepared zirconium veneers are placed in their place. Bonding is done with special and transparent adhesives. 
After the procedure, the patient should not eat anything for half an hour. Afterwards, the patient should go for regular check-ups. The controls are carried out on the dates determined by the dentist. 

Zirconium Dental Veneers Properties

Zirconium veneers are applied to upper and lower teeth. It is often preferred to increase the strength of the back teeth and to gain a beautiful appearance on the front teeth. The features of zirconium dental veneers , which have many advantages, can be listed as follows:

  • Strong structure due to special baking process 
  • Resistant against breakage, cracking and abrasion
  • Resistant against corrosion
  • It has a transparent feature
  • Provides an ideal aesthetic appearance for the front teeth
  • Strengthens back teeth and increases stability
  • No metal structure
  • Compatible with gums and contributes to gum health
  • The color of the zirconium coating does not change even after many years.
  • Heat permeability is very low, not affected by heat or cold
  • There is no taste difference in the mouth compared to metal coatings 
  • Compatible with the gums, does not cause odor in the mouth and does not make the gums dark in color 
  • It is a biocompatible material and does not cause allergies
  • The surface is shiny, free of roughness and does not lead to plaque accumulation

Zirconium Veneers

Zirconium coating application can be performed for every individual who is unhappy with the appearance of their teeth and wants to have a more aesthetic and beautiful smile. However, since jaw development is not complete in people under the age of 18, it is considered appropriate to wait for the application until the process is completed. Generally, those who have zirconium veneers are individuals with the following tooth structure:

  • People with rotten teeth
  • Separated teeth
  • Traumatic tooth fracture
  • Teeth discolored for different reasons
  • Tooth whitening is not beneficial
  • Missing teeth
  • Teeth whose aesthetics deteriorated as a result of gum recession
  • Non-aesthetic teeth in terms of appearance
  • Distorted teeth

Where is Zirconium Plating Used?

Zirconium tooth coating applications are the most preferred coating method by people who want to have an aesthetic smile today. Zirconium coating, whose results are generally satisfactory; It is a treatment method that can be applied to people with defects in tooth structure, dissatisfied with tooth appearance, discoloration and missing teeth. The items that will answer the question of where zirconium coating is used can be listed as follows:

  • More in people with aesthetic expectations
  • People with tooth discoloration or too much discoloration
  • People with genetically different tooth color
  • People who have crooked teeth and people with separated teeth
  • People whose color and structure of the previously made tooth filling deteriorated
  • Restoration of teeth with loss of material
  • Can also be used as a bridge or dental crown on back teeth

Zirconium Tooth Models

In order for the patient to have a healthy and aesthetic smile, defects in the tooth structure can be eliminated in some cases by using aesthetic composite fillings. In cases where this method is not beneficial, zirconium veneers and porcelain laminate applications come into play.
In porcelain laminate application, no or very little abrasion can be applied to the teeth. When zirconium or porcelain applications are deemed necessary by the dentist, some changes can be made by asking the patient's opinions and obtaining approval during the rehearsals that take place during the process.

Difference Between Zirconium Veneer and Laminated Veneer
They differ according to the surface they are applied to. Zirconium veneer is an application and method that completely covers the tooth. Laminated veneers are applied only to the front teeth. The tooth is thinned to a lesser extent. It is also applied separately for each tooth.

Difference Between Zirconium Plating and Metal Plating
The main difference is the support material in porcelain. The material in zirconium is zirconium substrate. Metal veneers are made with metal substrates.
Zirconium veneers are light-permeable and give the appearance of natural teeth. Metal veneers give a porcelain and matte white appearance. While zirconium veneers are compatible with the gums, metal veneers are not compatible with the gums. For this reason, it causes bruising on the gums. 
Allergic reactions caused by metal are not seen in people who have zirconium veneers. While problems such as bad breath or taste disturbance may occur after metal coating applications, these situations are not encountered after zirconium coating treatment.

Zirconium Veneer Age Limit

Zirconium coating age limit is not completely clear. They are treatments that can be easily applied to people whose jaw development has been completed and who are over the age of 18. However, since the jaw structure of people under the age of 18 continues to develop, the development process should be expected to be completed. Zirconium coating application can be performed by dentists for people whose development process is completed.

In Which Cases Is Zirconium Tooth Preferred?

Zirconium dental veneers, which are one of the most important materials especially in aesthetic dentistry, are frequently preferred treatments in terms of aesthetic appearance. In order for zirconium to be made, the patient's gums must be healthy, the teeth must be properly prepared and zirconium-based porcelains must be inserted into the patient's mouth in a certain process. 
Aesthetic smile is not only achieved with zirconiums. For an aesthetic smile, besides a smile design and smile design, lips, jaw structure and the whole face should be evaluated together. Work should be done by considering it as a whole.
It can be preferred in case of darkening or yellowing of the teeth. It is preferred in the treatment of split teeth, in people with tooth structure disorders, in fillings that have lost their aesthetic appearance, in the coating procedures to be performed on the back teeth and to restore the aesthetic smile appearance.

Zirconium Coating Prices

Zirconium veneer prices may vary depending on the amount of teeth to be treated and the region. They are more expensive applications than veneers with metal content. 
In the department of dentistry, there are many different prosthetic dental applications such as zirconium veneers, metal-supported veneers, laminate veneers, crowns, bridges, etc.
In order to choose the most appropriate method for treatment, the patient's expectations should be taken into consideration and approved by the dentist.

Updated Date:03 March 2023Creation Date:04 August 2023