Will you please advise me. I am going to get a smile makeover and am trying to decide between DuraThin or Lumineers. The pictures I’ve seen with the DuraThin look a little better than some of the Lumineers pictures. Is there a huge difference in price?
I would like to change the way you are thinking about your smile makeover. You are looking at the brand of porcelain veneers. This is a good strategy with some things, such as cars or jewelry. However, it would not be as useful with any type of art form and that is really what a smile makeover is.
It requires a dentist to fashion a smile for you. Think about it like a painting. You can commission two painters to paint a painting. They could use the exact same materials, including the model, and produce two very different type of paintings.
What you should be looking at is the dentist. Smile makeovers are not taught in dental school. Instead, a dentist has to invest in post-doctoral training. Even then, it takes a great deal of practice as well as some natural artistic talent. That is what you need to be researching. The artist– not the materials.
Think of Lumineers and DuraThin as just different brands of paint an artist will use. One dentist will create a masterpiece and one a disaster, both using the same materials. So, now you are probably wondering how you go about finding this wonderful artist?
While cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty, there is an accreditation program with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. AACD accredited dentists have to pass stringent exams as well as demonstrate their artistry with a large number of cases. It takes years to accomplish. You will find these dentists to be in the top 1-3% of cosmetic dentists in the world.
My advice is to find an accredited dentist, go over what type of smile design you are looking for, and let him or her choose the right materials and brand of porcelain veneers that will create a stunning smile for you.
This blog is brought to you by Tulsa Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Jerome Cha.