Emax porcelain

Technology has come a long way in cosmetic dentistry. This especially applies to the area of porcelain technology. Emax is a beautiful, durable ceramic system being used for porcelain veneers and crowns. It is perfect in areas of the mouth with high esthetic demand. This new porcelain is becoming very popular due to its esthetics and the ability to save tooth structure. Read on to learn more about the benefits, minimum preparation possibilities, and advantages of Emax porcelain.

What are E.MAX crowns?

E.MAX is Lithium Disilicate glass, an all-ceramic system. It is one of the most aesthetically pleasing options, porcelain can be layered on it, creating incredible translucency and a very realistic-looking tooth that matches with other natural teeth.
In E.MAX porcelain veneers cutting and shrinking are not done in the teeth. Thinning is done up to a maximum of 1,5 millimeters. Therefore, it is a treatment done without any harm to healthy and natural teeth.

E.MAX veneers

The E.MAX veneers are completed in 2 sessions, each lasting 45 minutes.
At Harmony Dental Laboratory Cape Town you can get professional recommendations from our doctors in order to understand what dental treatment is suitable exactly in your case.

What is Emax porcelain?

Emax is a new type of porcelain made up of mainly lithium disilicate and quartz. What is so special about this ceramic is that it is both strong and aesthetic. Emax allows dentists to make restorations that are far less thick. Minimum preparation crowns and veneers are ideal for small changes in the shape or alignment of your teeth. They also can be used to cover stains or discolorations. Learn more about veneers with minimal drilling. Less drilling on your teeth is always a good thing. Restorations made from this material are tough, durable, and lifelike even though they are just a thin layer.

Natural teeth are fairly translucent. Crowns made from this material have the same appealing translucency. This guarantees the closest shade match to your other teeth. Because there is no metal in them, they eliminate the ugly dark line around the gum that is common with porcelain fused to metal crowns. When dentists use this material, you get an all-ceramic crown that is long-lasting and delicate in appearance.

Benefits of Emax porcelain

  • Matching the shade of a natural tooth is easier
  • It is an all-porcelain system. Emax is more bio-compatible than metal or PFM restorations. There has never been an allergic reaction to this product.
  • When bonded, this glass-ceramic has excellent durability and strength long term
  • The ability to be very conservative with tooth preparations. The dentist can do minimum preparation veneers and crowns.
  • Because it is bonded instead of cemented, it can be used to replace any part of a tooth and has fewer drilling restrictions.
  • No black line at gumline.

Disadvantages of E max porcelain

  • Due to its high translucency, this porcelain isn’t great at covering dark teeth
  • Due to low flexural strength, this porcelain is rarely used for bridges. Anything beyond a one tooth bridge is considered ill-advised. It will not take the torsional forces of a longer bridge.
  • Thin porcelain can crack under extreme chewing loads. This type of crown is not recommended for back teeth. PFM and zirconium crowns are more commonly used in the back.

What E.MAX and Zirconia Crowns Are?

If you are looking for the best what modern dentistry has to offer when it comes to dental crowns, then you will certainly opt for full ceramic crowns. Currently, the best available materials are zirconia and E.MAX ceramics. Crowns made ​​out of these materials will provide excellent aesthetics, superior quality, and strength. They have the ability to imitate the natural tooth, which makes them highly aesthetically valuable. A long-lasting beautiful smile is guaranteed. That’s exactly what our patients are looking for when they come to Harmony Dental Laboratory Cape Town.

What is the difference between E.MAX and zirconia crowns?

Zirconia is recommended for crowns with dark teeth underneath because the opaqueness hides the shadowing. Both E.MAX and zirconia crowns could be used to fix broken or otherwise damaged teeth, severely decayed teeth, missing teeth, discolored teeth, or crooked teeth. Both materials can effectively replace old PFM crowns showing metal lines. Both materials are biocompatible with all soft and hard tissues. The biggest plus of E.MAX veneer is that it is not only limited to ceramic crowns. On the contrary, this system can also be used to manufacture veneers, interior veneers, laminate veneers, Lumineers veneers, and even short span bridges to replace the front teeth.

E.MAX Dental Crowns are more expensive than zirconium crowns. It is preferred in short bridges since it cannot provide the resistance required by long bridges. In rare cases, E.MAX crowns may break when placed on occlusal surfaces. This is because they are thin. However, E.MAX crowns are more suitable for anterior teeth, as we do not use them for hard grinding. If you want to use E.MAX veneer for the posterior teeth, your teeth need to be further cut to obtain sufficient thickness.

Is E.MAX better than Zirconia?

It’s difficult to choose between E.MAX and zirconium. Both offer top-grade results for long-lasting dental crowns. As mentioned before, E.MAX is more translucent than zirconium, and that’s the only noticeable difference between the two materials.

At Harmony Dental Laboratory Cape Town our dentists use both zirconia and E.MAX for both anterior teeth and posterior teeth. It should come down to the patient’s bite. But if a patient has bruxism, we suggest going for zirconia. If not and if there is enough occlusion reduction, E.MAX may be the more aesthetic choice.

The first choice of patients coming to E.MAX dental veneer treatment in South Africa is Cape Town. There are lots of advanced technology dental centers in Cape Town with specialist physicians. If you are interested in E.MAX Crowns or Zirconia Crowns please get a free quote at our clinic. If you are not sure about the dental treatment you need you can send your dental photographs or X-ray for online consultation. We will consult with the Dental Team and get back to you with their recommendations along with the associated costs.

Once you decide to have your dental treatment in Cape Town, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the sea, the sand, and the sun including your new teeth done at Harmony Dental Laboratory Cape Town. You can get all this together with affordable prices and good quality service in South Africa. You can get positive results with the treatment of specialists in a healthy and clean environment. At our clinic, your E.MAX crown treatment or Zirconium Crown treatment can be completed in 5 days. So as a result, you will get a straight, white and beautiful smile.

IPS e.max Press

The legendary lithium disilicate glass-ceramic

Lithium disilicate glass-ceramic ingots for the press technology

IPS e.max Press is a legendary lithium disilicate glass-ceramic (LS2) for the press technique. The ingots are available in five translucency levels and in an Impulse version. The polychromatic IPS e.max Press Multi ingots are particularly attractive, showing a lifelike color transition. The ingots are selected to suit the case at hand and the preferred processing technique (staining, cut-back, or layering technique). The restorations are veneered or characterized using the matching IPS e.max Ceram layering ceramic or the innovative IPS Ivocolor stains. The results look very natural, regardless of the shade of the prepared tooth.

Exceptional esthetics

lifelike, harmonious, individual

Well-thought-out assortment

a suitable ingot for virtually every dental application

Efficient production

smoothly combining the pressing process with the digital printing process

Trust builds confidence

more than 150 million restorations, a survival rate of over 96%, and more than 15 years of experience. The IPS e.max guarantee of 10 years is as promising as the material itself.

Proven luting materials
IPS e.max Press restorations can be placed with a variety of proven luting materials, which are available for a wide spectrum of indications. Crowns and bridges made of IPS e.max Press accommodate self-adhesive and conventional luting protocols (e.g. SpeedCEM Plus). Inlays, (thin) veneers, occlusal veneers, and minimally invasive 1-mm crowns are placed with the adhesive technique (e.g. using Variolink Esthetic).

IPS e.max Press Multi
The innovative Multi ingots are available in selected Bleach BL and A–D shades. The material demonstrates a natural-looking color transition from the dentin to the incisal areas and therefore imparts monolithic restorations with a highly esthetic appearance. With these ingots, veneers and anterior, posterior, and hybrid abutment crowns are fabricated quickly and efficiently. Ideally, these restorations only need to be glazed. If desired, however, they can be modified using the staining or cut-back technique.

IPS e.max Press HT
HT ingots are supplied in 16 A–D and 4 Bleach BL shades. Due to their high translucency – similar to that of natural enamel – these ingots are suitable for producing small restorations (e.g. inlays). Their lifelike “chameleon effect” allows these restorations to adapt seamlessly to the natural tooth structure. The restorations are efficiently customized with the staining technique.

IPS e.max Press MT
The MT ingots are provided in the following shades: A1, A2, A3, A3.5, B1, B2, C1, C2, D2, BL2, BL3, and BL4. These medium-translucency ingots are used in cases where a brighter material than HT and a more translucent material than LT are needed. Restorations made of the MT ingots are ideal for staining and cut-back techniques.

IPS e.max Press LT
The LT ingots are available in 16 A–D and 4 Bleach BL shades. Their low translucency – similar to that of natural dentin – renders these ingots suitable for creating large restorations (e.g. posterior crowns). The material exhibits true-to-nature brightness and chroma. The esthetic appearance of the restorations is maximized by the cut-back technique.

IPS e.max Press MO
The MO ingots are available in five group shades (MO 0, MO 1, MO 2, MO 3, MO 4). Given their opacity, these ingots are intended for the fabrication of substructures that are placed on vital or slightly discolored prepared teeth. They form an excellent base for natural-looking restorations completed with the layering technique.

IPS e.max Press HO
The HO ingots are supplied in three group shades (HO 0, HO 1, HO 2). Due to their opacity, these ingots are used to create frameworks on severely discolored teeth and on titanium abutments. They successfully mask dark backgrounds to achieve highly esthetic results. The anatomical shape of the restorations is customized with IPS e.max Ceram.

IPS e.max Press Impulse
The Impulse ingots are available in two different levels of brightness (Opal 1, Opal 2). The restorations produced with these ingots have exceptionally opalescent properties. Therefore, this material is ideal for producing (thin) veneers for light teeth, which require an opalescent effect.



  • Proven, high-strength material for long-lasting clinical results; flexible cementation options
  • Lifelike esthetics, regardless of the shade of the prepared tooth
  • Polychromatic Multi ingots for utmost efficiency
  • Five levels of translucency and additional Impulse ingots for maximum flexibility
  • Minimally invasive, accurately fitting restorations
  • Adhesive, self-adhesive, or conventional cementation options depending on the indication


  • Thin veneers (0.3 mm), veneers
  • Occlusal veneers
  • Inlays, Onlays, partial crowns
  • Minimally invasive crowns (≥ 1 mm)
  • Three-unit bridges (up to the second premolar as the terminal abutment)
  • Hybrid abutments and hybrid abutment crowns

IPS e.max Press Multi

A lifelike color transition from the dentin region to the incisal areas imparts monolithic IPS e.max Press Multi restorations with a highly esthetic appearance.

The IPS e.max Press Multi ingots revolutionize the press technique. They are composed of the clinically proven lithium disilicate glass-ceramic (LS2) and show a graduated level of shade and translucency similar to that of natural teeth: The chroma and opacity of the material are higher in the cervical and dentin region, and the incisal areas are suitably translucent. Highly effective results are achieved in a single press sequence with subsequent glazing: Press in multi-color and glaze and finish spectacularly!

Combination of press technique and CAD/CAM technology
With the software add-on IPS e.max Digital Press Design – Press Multi*, the sprues are automatically positioned at the virtual IPS e.max Press Multi restoration. The position of the wax pattern can be individually controlled. The milled wax objects optimized for the IPS e.max Press, e.g. ProArt CAD Wax yellow, are subsequently pressed. The IPS e.max Press Multi ingots are available in one size and in the following shades: A1, A2, A3, A3.5, B1, B2, C1, C2, D2, and BL2.

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