I have read many of your answers about the veneers available with interest. I have found them very useful.
I have a question about 3N veneers. Many practitioners in the Middle East refer to these as being better than Lumineers as they look more natural and less thick. I have checked on the net but I haven’t found 3N veneers in a dental clinic situated in UAE or Saudi ARabia. Could you please clarify this to me because they say they are used in Europe but I don’t know the name given to them here in Europe. Thank you in advance for your valuable tips.
– Asma from Brussels, Belgium
Thank you for your question about 3N Veneers and your information about their popularity in the Middle East. I had to look this up, as I hadn’t heard of them before. They have an attractive but very small website that doesn’t tell us a lot about them and all its information appears directed toward the prospective patient.
But how your 3N veneers, if you got them, would look would depend totally on the dentist doing them. Can 3N veneers look beautiful? It looks to me like they can, but they can also look ugly. Look at it this way: Do you think that there is anything about 3N Veneers that would prevent a dentist from making them too opaque and chalky-looking, too bulky, the wrong surface texture, or the wrong color? Of course not. As a patient, picking the porcelain would be like choosing the members of your country’s Olympic ski team based on the brand of skis they used. Or buying an oil painting based on the brand of brush the artist used. When you study art, do you categorize paintings based on the brand of brush or the brand of canvas? No, you categorize paintings based on the artist. Once you know the painting is a Picasso, or a Rembrandt, or some other artist, you know a lot about it and will have a rough idea of its value.
When actress Demi Moore got a smile makeover, I will guarantee you that she didn’t go and research brands of porcelain veneers. She asked around and found out who did beautiful cosmetic dentistry and went to that dentist and let the dentist pick the brand of porcelain.
And once you’ve found that dentist-artist you feel comfortable with, you don’t want to tell them what materials to use or what lab. They do their own research and will pick a lab and a porcelain that they are comfortable with. If you try to push them out of that comfort zone, you’re taking a chance.
Bottom line–I don’t see anything in what I can read about 3N Veneers that makes them special in any way. Yes, I don’t see the stark white and bulkiness that I see in Lumineers. But you don’t see that either in DURAthin veneers, or other brands of ultrathin veneers. And the problem in the appearance of Lumineers is mostly from the laboratory–only partly from the material.
– Dr. Hall
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