I want to get a smile makeover. I keep seeing advertisements for Lumineers. The ads look good, but the reviews seem to be mixed. I like the idea that the teeth don’t have to be prepped, but don’t want to get the wrong brand. Do you have an opinion?
Lumineers are highly marketed, as you’ve discovered. Like all porcelain veneers, they can do wonders for your smile. If you’re wanting a smile makeover, porcelain veneers can change the shape, size, and color of your teeth. It is the go-to for celebrities getting that perfect smile.
You should know the Lumineers brand has limitations. Their biggest problem is the Lumineers company insists that dentists use their lab. The DenMat lab is not known for its artistry. Most great cosmetic dentists prefer to use their own labs which have ceramists they have a good relationship with and work well together.
The Dentist Matters More than the Brand
The key to success when it comes to a beautiful smile makeover is the artistic skill of the dentist. Cosmetic Dentistry isn’t a recognized specialty. Smile makeovers aren’t taught in dental school either. It is up to the dentist to get the training required to create beautiful smiles.
It’s about more than just technical knowledge. It’s an art. Like all art forms, each artist has a different skill level. So, how can a patient know if they’re getting an artist or a dabbler?
One great resource for patients is to use the mynewsmile.com website. They have a “find a cosmetic dentist” link. In order for a dentist to be listed, they have to verify their post-doctoral training as well as provide visual evidence of cases they’ve done to demonstrate their artistry.
Anyone who makes it onto their list can give you a beautiful smile. Just trust them to know which brand of porcelain veneers will create the visual results you want.
This blog is brought to you by Huntsville Dentist Dr. Steve Murphree.