I’ve been looking specifically into two different brands of ultra-thin veneers. I like the pictures of the DURAthin veneers better but I didn’t know how big the price difference is between the two of them. Can you give me some guidance here?
I think I can help you here but it will require changing the way you are thinking about this. The cost of any brand of porcelain veneers varies substantially from dentist to dentist. That’s because the cost of the porcelain is the smallest factor in the outcome of the veneers. As an example, if the porcelain would cost $10, the ceramist will increase that cost based on their skill level. So, let’s say somewhere between $100 – $300. That is the cost of the dentist. Then, the dentist will add their increase, also based on their skill level.
You had an interesting insight when you mentioned you liked the pictures of DURAthin better than Lumineers. The reason for that is the restrictions Lumineers puts on dentists. They require dentists to use their lab and ceramists, which isn’t known for creating beautiful results. Does this mean you should go with DURAthin? Not necessarily.
Instead of looking at brands, you need to be looking at cosmetic dentists. Two different dentists can work on your smile makeover using the exact same brand and end up with completely different results. That’s because of the differences in their training and artistry.
Finding the Right Cosemtic Dentist
There isn’t a recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry. This leaves it up to the dentist what and how much training they invest in doing beautiful smile makeovers. The best cosmetic dentists are AACD accredited. In order to become AACD accredited, they had to pass stringent exams as well as demonstrate their artistry in order to reach accreditation.
One thing to be aware of is once they’re accredited, they’re accredited. There isn’t currently anything which requires them to continue to demonstrate their artistry. As a precaution, I’d ask to see examples of their most current smile makeovers.
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