Veneers are like masks for your teeth.
They are a layer of material that you can get placed over your real teeth to brighten your smile and cover up aesthetic problems, like chips, stains, or large gaps. They typically last about 10 years.
Sounds like a great idea, right? It is, except that the cost of veneers can drive people away. That’s why we’ll be talking about how to find cheap veneers.
- Dental Discount Plans
- Dental Tourism
- Payment Plans & Credit Cards
- Dental Insurance & FSA
Affordable Type Of Veneers
The most affordable type of veneers are composite (direct) veneers. Typically, these will cost between $250 and $1,500 per tooth, which is low relative to other types of veneers.
Even though composite veneers will last only 5-7 years and don’t look as perfect as porcelain veneers, they are definitely a good option if you need an affordable veneer. Plus, composite veneers don’t need as much tooth reshaping as other types.
Dental Discount Plans
Dental discount plans (aka dental savings plans) are are becoming more widely used because pretty much anyone can get one and they’re very affordable.
To get a dental discount, you sign up, get approved, and start using the plan’s card at your next dental visit. When you go to see your dentist or whomever is placing your veneers, you simply show the discount plan card and get up to 60% off (dental professional must be a participant in the network). Plans start as low as $120.
Cheap Dental Veneers Abroad
A way to find more affordable veneers is to go abroad. It’s kind of like a secret that only some people know about.
Traveling abroad for dental care, also called “dental tourism,” is when you go on vacation outside the country and get cheap dental work during your stay. People do this because dental care, including getting veneers, is much cheaper in certain countries, namely Mexico and Thailand.
Cheap Veneers Online
Even though the best course of action is to have your dentist place your veneers, there are plenty of places you can buy veneers online for a much more affordable price.
TruSmile is a company that sells removable veneers. You’d use their impression kit to get an imprint of your teeth, send it back to them, and they would send you custom-fit veneers.
For a top and bottom set of veneers, they charge $229.
Secret Veneers is a similar type of company, also selling veneers online. It’s the same idea — you take an impression of your teeth which is then used to create the personalized veneers.
For a top and bottom set of veneers, it’ll set you back just over $500.
INSTAsmile is another company that provides clip-on veneers. They’re customized to each patient and they attach right to your natural teeth for a temporary solution.
Their Classic veneer (upper or lower) costs about $349 and their Premium package costs about $649.
Other Places To Find Cheap Veneers Online
These companies are actually not unique in what they offer. You can find affordable veneers on these well-known online marketplaces:
- Amazon: removable veneers ranging from $10 to $40
- eBay: removable veneers ranging from $5 to $20
- Walmart: removable veneers ranging from $12 to $30
However, we should remind you that the best place to get quality veneers is through your dentist. Professionally done veneers will cost more, but they will last longer and look better.
Payment Plans & Credit Cards
Most dental professionals are okay agreeing to a payment plan with you. This would be where they split up your bill into monthly installments, making it easier for you to afford the dental care. Many dental practices even work with financing companies to provide payment plans to you that have low interest rates or even no interest.
Or you can go straight to the source and take out a personal loan or apply for a credit card. With one of these options, you may end up with a higher interest rate, but it may be worth it in order to take care of your oral health.
Dental Insurance & FSA
With veneers costing between $250 and $2,500 per tooth, it can be a very expensive procedure. The price can vary depending on your location, the materials you choose, and the difference in fees from dentist to dentist.
But if you have dental insurance, it could cover some of the total cost and require you to pay a small co-pay. Unfortunately though, some dental insurance categorizes veneers and other dental procedures as “cosmetic” and will not cover any of the cost.
If this happens, you may want to consider a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). This is a benefit offered by most employers that allows you to deposit untaxed money into the account, which you can then use for any medical expense that isn’t covered by insurance.
Final Tips on Lowering The Cost Of Veneers
In addition to the above suggestions for lowering the cost of veneers, there are a few more that most people don’t even consider.
Paying In Cash
It’s true — paying for things in cash can help you get a good deal. If you tell the dental professional who will be placing your veneers that you’re paying in cash, they may be willing to knock the price down a bit. The reason they may do this is because, by accepting cash, they won’t have to pay credit or debit card processing fees.
And if you pay in cash, you may be able to negotiate a price. You can also mention to the dental professional that you’ve looked at other practices who are willing to negotiate or who have better care.
It’s difficult to ask for money, but sometimes you have to. And if you need to raise money for a medical reason — like getting a veneer — people who care about you will often pitch in. This might not be the first financing option you take, but it is one you shouldn’t disregard.