What Exactly is GlamSmile?
Glamsmile is the latest revolutionary cosmetic dentist procedures invented in Belgium.
GlamSmile uses computer constructed ultra thin and strong veneers called porcelain veneers to repair damaged or discoloured teeth. Glamsmile veneers are thinner than traditional veneers and the whole procedure is completed with minimal discomfort as it does not require chipping and removing of healthy teeth.
Can you try on your GlamSmile before it is bonded?
Here's my first issue, and it's compounded by the fact that the system is being marketed to dentists who don't know anything about cosmetic dentistry, and the dentists are being told that the lab will pretty much do everything. This is similar to what the Lumineers people say, and it doesn't work. The lab can't do everything. The dentist is the one who examines the patient, takes note of the facial shape, the personality of the patient, the shapes of the lips and other features, and discusses with the patient what they want to look like. You can't take this element out of it and come out with a beautiful smile. The dentist needs to be artistically inclined, and only one or two percent of dentists are really artistic enough to pull off creating a beautiful smile. Adding to the serious problems you could have with this technique, they have no mechanism that I could see to try on your GlamSmile before it is permanently bonded. There is reference to being able to preview the case digitally. This means that the preview will be a simlation. As a dentist, I would be uncomfortable with that. For the best results, I want to be able to see the new smile before it is put on permanently, and I want the patient to see it and approve of the look. It's not good, in my opinion, to leave too much to faith when you're dealing with a smile makeover. If you add to this that you may be dealing to a dentist who has no clue about cosmetic dentistry, which could easily be the case with their marketing thrust, then there is a high possibility of dissatisfaction with the result.
The Way GlamSmile Is Marketed
Their marketing raises some red flags. They tell dentists that they can make five times their usual rate of production. So beware of the dentist who advertises himself as a "GlamSmile Dentist." He or she may just be looking for a quick buck. And I know how dentists think and get into these things. The marketing emphasizes how easy it is, and if the dentist believes that, he or she may be tempted to get in over his or her head. It's a recipe for trouble.
Issues with the GlamSmile Bonding Technique
When I first visited the The GlamSmile website, it hinted that this could be a problem. And it suggested that the dentist might need to reschedule the patient for a second appointment to completely remove the excess cement, if necessary. When I went back to the website several weeks later, I could not find any references to this issue. Maybe they have modified their technique and have addressed this issue.
Be Careful about Asking for GlamSmile
Finally, it's generally not a good idea to ask your dentist for a specific technique. Be very careful about it. Don't press your dentist in any way to try this, or you'll end up being a guinea pig. The most I would do is just casually ask my dentist, "What do you know about GlamSmile?" and then try to read your dentist's reaction to tell how comfortable they were with this technique. I have a stack of horror stories from patients who pressed dentists out of their comfort zones with ugly results. And remember, cosmetic dentistry is an art. Would you commission an artist for a painting and tell him or her what kind of brush and what brand of paint to use? No. You pick the artist and let them use the materials and techniques that work best in their hands. Pick a cosmetic dentist who has the proper training and artistic ability, one you can trust, and let them take it from there.
The upside is that these may indeed end up being considerably less expensive than traditional porcelain veneers. But here again, you have to be very wary. Don't look for a "bargain dentist" to do these, because you have no legal recourse if you don't like how they look. Look for an expert cosmetic dentist who does beautiful traditional veneers and offers this as a lower-cost option. I know an excellent cosmetic dentist in Houston who does that, and who tells patients that their smiles will be improved with GlamSmile, but not to expect the stunning Hollywood smile with this short-cut technique.