After my last post: Lumineers vs Traditional Veneers I have received many questions asking about the different names brand Veneers on the market. I don’t recommend or use all the options listed below, I thought everyone should know what options are out there so we can work together to find the best solutions for getting you closer to a perfect smile. Here are some of the more popular brand name veneers I use at my cosmetic dental office in Beverly Hills:
Empress & Emax
Designed and manufactured by Ivoclar Vivadent Corporation, both Empress, and Emax are composed of pressed ceramic veneers. Ivoclar is well-known throughout the world as the leading manufacturer of porcelain veneers. Based on what you may have read, though, Emax are more durable than Empress because composition process; however, both contain leucite crystals that belong to the feldspathic group of minerals. Both Empress and Emax are thin enough to allow very minimal shaping or resurfacing of your teeth. Emax does have some limitations in their aesthetic offerings but are adding more each year.
What kind of porcelain veneers do Hollywood A-listers have? It turns out, most celebrities use MAC veneers designed and manufactured by the MicroDental Laboratory. However, MACs are only provided to select clients, meaning only selected veneers dentists in Beverly Hills will offer them. MAC veneers are made of pressed ceramics which is similar to the Empress and the Emax of Ivoclar. It has been said that MACs provide the most realistic teeth appearance by using up to 16 hues in their color matching process. Other veneers are limited to a maximum of four hues.
DuraThin & DaVinci
Durathins are manufactured by Vita Corporation and technically have the same qualities as any other porcelain veneer that is designed as feldspathic porcelain. DaVinci veneers are designed and manufactured by the DaVinci Dental Laboratory, another proponent of stacked porcelain technology. The DaVinci name has also enjoyed some popularity after it was featured in the reality show Extreme Makeover.
Some think Lumineers are the way to go if you want your teeth surface to remain untouched during the whole porcelain veneer application process. One of the major drawbacks of the other porcelain veneers is that your dentist will have to shave 0.5 millimeters of thickness off your teeth to fit the veneer. The thicker the veneer, the deeper the teeth resurfacing. Lumineers are publicized to be only 0.2 millimeters thick so there is really no need to have your teeth resurfaced anymore. Unfortunately, there have been many cases of patients who have had Lumineers and had gum problems or even broken porcelain that required another trip to the dentist. Additionally, Lumineers can typically cost anywhere from $1,300 to $2,000 per tooth so for that price I recommend traditional veneers.
Let Your Dentist Choose
Lumineers may not be for you resulting from the expense and you cannot truly have an absolute guarantee that they will be worth it. DuraThin and DaVinci are very promising but are made of porcelain stacked on top of another. MACs will be the ideal but that also means you have to look for a cosmetic dentistry office that provides the MAC. Otherwise, you are left with either Empress or Emax. Ultimately, making a final decision will be affected by how your dentist will interpret the actual condition of your teeth and what shape and ascetic you are trying to accomplish. If you have any questions please visit our contact us.