Many people would love to have a beautiful smile filled with well-shaped, pearly-white teeth. But a person’s natural teeth may have an irregular shape or gap; Teeth can crack, discolor, or lose enamel with age. If you feel like your smile needs a makeover, dental veneers, which cover the front surface of the tooth, are a common way to camouflage flaws.
Permanent veneers are typically made of composite resin, porcelain, or an ultra-thin porcelain laminate. Porcelain veneers cost more and last longer than composite veneers. ultra-thin veneers are the most expensive type and can remain intact for up to 20 years.
Keep reading for more information on veneer prices, as well as information on materials, insurance coverage, and other factors that can affect cost.
how much do dental veneers usually cost?
The price of permanent veneers depends on the material used to make them. you can also expect your estimated cost to reflect market prices in your location.
composite resin: these veneers are the least expensive. Composite resin veneers can be done in a dentist’s office (“chair chair”) or in a laboratory. On average, dental veneers cost around $800 per tooth. lab-made composite veneers are a bit more expensive, averaging $1,100 or so.
Porcelain: These veneers range from $900 to $2,500 each, with an average of $1,500. Porcelain veneers are typically 0.5mm to 1mm thick and durable (10 to 20 years). The dentist files away a thin layer of your tooth’s enamel to accommodate these types of veneers, meaning the process is irreversible. a veneer that cracks or falls off must be replaced; without it, the tooth will be uncomfortably exposed.
Porcelain Laminate: These veneers are ultra-thin (0.2mm to 0.3mm) and can cost between $800 and $2,000 each, with an average price of $1,800. Its advantage is that the dentist does not always have to remove the enamel from the tooth before placing it. therefore, the installation of these veneers is usually reversible.
again, prices listed above are for a single tooth. however, you may want to cover eight front teeth, for example, with porcelain veneers. if you paid the national average price per tooth of $1,500, your total would be 8 x $1,500, or $12,000. it’s unlikely your dentist or prosthodontist will offer a discount for multiple teeth, but it’s worth asking.
what else can influence the average cost of dental veneers?
Before you get your veneers, you’ll probably need a dental exam and cleaning. without insurance, each of these averages $100. If x-rays are required, expect them to cost between $35 and $150. If you have insurance, your policy will likely fully cover two exams and cleanings per year and pay most or all of the price for x-rays.
Variations in cost may also reflect the skill and experience of the dentist and the technician who creates the veneers in the laboratory.
what is the difference between a veneer and a crown?
A crown covers or replaces an entire tooth. it is typically 2mm thick and is designed to provide protection and strength to the tooth. As part of a bridge or implant, it can mimic or replace a tooth that has been extracted.
A veneer is half the thickness of a crown: just 1mm or even less. The purpose of a veneer is to improve the appearance of one or more teeth. Just like crowns, veneers can be used on front teeth that are chipped or cracked. Unlike crowns, they are not used after a root canal or other significant damage to a tooth.
what to expect when dental veneers are placed
The process of obtaining lab-made porcelain or composite veneers requires two visits to the dentist, several weeks apart. each visit can last for hours.
At the first visit, you and the dentist will discuss any underlying dental health issues that need to be addressed. Together, the two of you will choose your veneer material and your shade of white.
The dentist will administer a local anesthetic, prepare each tooth by filing down a thin layer of the front enamel, and then take impressions of your teeth for reference. Removing some enamel leaves room for the veneer and provides a surface for the adhesive to adhere to. alteration also makes most veneers irreversible.
The dentist will place temporary veneers for you to wear until the lab has finished making the permanent ones. during that time, the removal of enamel can leave teeth more sensitive to hot and cold.
On your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and use a special glue to bond the permanent veneers to your teeth.
If you are going to receive ultra-thin laminate veneers, sometimes described as “no-prep” veneers, the dentist will generally not need to remove the enamel before placing them.
Composite veneers can be fabricated in a lab or can be done “in the office.” in-office veneers can be produced with digital scans and in-office milling equipment. Or, the dentist can create them by applying the resin directly to the prepared teeth. The dentist adds composite resin and bonding agent, shapes the resin, cures it with a high-intensity light, and then performs a final polish to finish the process. With in-office methods, your dentist can create and install your veneers the same day.
Is it worth getting dental veneers?
The cost of dental veneers can run into the thousands of dollars. As with any cosmetic procedure, insurance will not cover it. Whether that cost is worth it depends on why you choose to get veneers.
For some people, such as actors, newscasters, and public speakers, veneers can be a career investment. For others, veneers can help them feel more comfortable in social situations. having more confidence is valuable in itself.
However, in terms of dollars and cents, the benefit of getting veneers is difficult to calculate.
An advantage is that porcelain veneers resist staining, so they will stay white. this means you won’t need whitening treatments, which can save you some money. (No luck with composite veneers; just like natural tooth enamel, they can be stained by coffee, tea, or red wine.)
Keep in mind that if you get irreversible veneers, they will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. depending on the type you get, that will happen after 5 to 20 years. the cost will likely be higher in the future due to inflation or other factors. therefore, you’ll want to price those replacements into the total cost of getting veneers.
Does my medical or dental insurance cover dental veneers?
Health insurance generally does not cover dental care unless it is determined to be medically necessary. and neither medical nor dental insurance plans cover cosmetic procedures.
One way to save money on veneers is with a dental savings plan, also called a dental discount plan. In exchange for a monthly or annual membership fee, discount dental plans offer services from in-network providers at reduced rates, often without a waiting period. Cignaplus savings, for example, advertises a 21% discount on composite veneers and a 31% discount on porcelain veneers.
These plans are not insurance, so be sure to read the fine print and consider your real needs.
Can I finance dental veneers?
many dentists offer payment plans. companies like care credit and american medical loans also offer dental financing.
In addition to writing down the interest rate they offer, you’ll want to ask the lender about processing fees and any effect the loan may have on your credit score.