The confidence boost from a straight, white smile is priceless. The process of getting there, however, is not.
Fees for composite veneers start at $500, while porcelain ones cost $1,500 on average. What exactly determines the final sum on the bill?Creative Commons
The factors which influence the price of veneers most are:
- the material,
- expertise of the dental professional performing the job, and
- your location.
The procedure itself is quite complicated, so even the placement on just one tooth can be expensive:
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If you’re looking to replace more than a single tooth, multiply the values.
Have a look at the calculator below. It will help you come up with an estimate that includes additional procedures that you might expect during the process.
The average cost for chairside resin veneers is $800, while laboratory ones might cost around $1,100.
These veneers can be either direct (built on your tooth) or indirect (made in a lab). The latter will obviously be more expensive and take longer to install.
Dr. Jason Chong
Indirect veneers can be both temporary and definitive. In most cases, chairside veneers are just composite “fillings” that are mostly cosmetic in nature, lower in cost, and used as a cheaper alternative to porcelain.
Composite veneers stain similarly to natural teeth. Whitening them is not possible without redoing them completely, so if they become discolored you either have to deal with it or pay for new ones.
The good news is that you can fix resin veneers easily and affordably if they were to crack or chip. They can last from five to seven years, though with proper care this could be even longer.
Porcelain veneers cost $1,500 on average, and range from $900 up to $2,500.
What you’re mainly paying for is the appearance. This material has a translucent look, very similar to natural dentition. What’s more, it’s stain-resistant, which means never having to whiten your teeth or worry about what you eat or drink.
Dr. Namrita Harchandani
The biggest cost factor for veneers is the material used for veneers and whether they are chair-side or laboratory-made.
They are always lab-made and designed by a dentist to fit your teeth perfectly. Porcelain is a lot more durable than resin, so they shouldn’t crack or chip. If they do, however, you will be looking at replacement costs. Often very steep ones.
Otherwise, you can expect them to last fifteen to twenty years.
Lumineers can cost from $800 up to $2,000, which gives an average price of $1,800.
This kind is the thinnest veneers out there, so your teeth won’t have to be reduced so much. Designed to resist wear and tear for up to twenty years, Lumineers are comparable in durability to porcelain veneers.
If you do not have a severe orthodontic problem, you will be able to get them to make your teeth look more uniformly-shaped and straight. They are cheaper than tooth alignment treatment such as braces, especially if you are looking to fix up a single tooth.
Dr. Eric Moryoussef
Because porcelain veneers and lumineers are custom-made in a laboratory using expensive porcelain, they are associated with a higher cost of materials.
What’s more, they are stain-resistant. You can choose the shade you like, and won’t have to pay for whitening.
Instasmile cost around $500 for a whole arch. The prices start at $375 and top off at $999.
If you don’t want a permanent solution you can consider Instasmile. These are clip-on veneers.
There are three main types of instasmile:
- Moment: for occasional wear, quite restrictive when it comes to diet
- Classic: for special occasions, you can wear them more and eat freely
- Platinum: can cover missing teeth and don’t impact the diet at all
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Instasmile veneers are not one-size-fits-all but fully customized to your mouth’s impression.
One arch costs as little as a veneer for a single tooth! This is because they only cover the front eight teeth and the material is different than in the more expensive, permanent options. The downside is that this is a solution for a couple of years at most, and you will be looking at additional costs later.
The whole process takes place online, so you never have to make an appointment with the dentist. This saves a lot of greet-meet-and-sit time. It’s still a good idea to have a consultation beforehand, though.
Dr. Eric Moryoussef
It is strongly recommended that you see a dentist for a check-up before deciding to proceed with any kind of treatment, even temporary.
Your dentist might decide that two or three visits aren’t enough. If you have to have work done before your veneers are installed, you will be looking at additional costs.
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Below are some procedures you might have to pay for before the veneers process per se can actually begin.
Expect to pay about $100 for a dental exam. This is the first step to getting dental veneers: making sure you can. The condition of your teeth has to be good enough for them to be shaved down. If not, you could consider dental implants, a denture, or maybe simply whitening. You may also be directed to an orthodontist.
During the dental exam you can ask any questions you may have for your dentist. This includes queries about insurance and payment. Any necessary radiographs may be done during this visit as well.
The aim of this procedure is to show you what the result might look like. Impressions of your teeth will be made and then sent to a lab. A cast can then be created.
This cast will help you visualize what you want. It may turn out that your expectations were different from the dentist’s. This is the time to let him or her know if you are happy with the appearance.
X-rays provide dental professionals with a great deal of information. He or she will be able to see whether there is decay between the teeth and what the internal structures look like. This is a cost you have to consider for a safe and smooth procedure.
The types of X-rays you can expect to have are:
- a bitewing,
- a panoramic X-ray, or
- a periapical X-ray.
It is vital that veneers are placed on healthy, decay-free teeth. The only way to make sure your teeth remain that way is to keep up with your routine cleanings.
In fact, your bi-yearly cleaning would be a good opportunity to mention to your dentist whether you are thinking of getting veneers.
How much do veneers cost with insurance?
In order to have insurance cover anything, it has to be medically necessary. Unfortunately, veneers are not considered so. This solution is regarded as cosmetic.
However, your plan might cover some of the additional costs, such as a dental exam or a scaling and root planing. Policies will still come with paperwork and yearly maximums.
Fortunately, insurance is not the only option.
How to save money on dental veneers?
One method is a dental discount plan. Those can save you up to 60% on all dental procedures. There are no yearly maximums and no paperwork. It all comes down to a regular fee, kind of like a membership.
Another way to go is a dental school. Dentistry students can perform most procedures and they do so under the watchful eye of a licensed professional. Getting veneers this way will be a lot cheaper. The downside is that it will probably take longer, as each step has to be graded.
Finally, if you want to reduce the cost of getting veneers you can consider dental tourism. The prices we are used to in the US aren’t the norm everywhere. You must remember, though, that you will still have to pay for flights and accommodation. Moreover, if anything were to go wrong, you will have to return to that country to have it fixed.
What are your thoughts?
Veneers can be very pricey, depending on what effect you are looking for. They also require real commitment, since most solutions are non-reversible.
Do you consider the price fair? Comment down below what you think.