How much do porcelain veneers cost?
Porcelain dental veneers are an excellent option for patients looking to improve their smile. Veneers can fix gaps, crooked teeth, teeth that have been worn down, and even discolored teeth. Most insurance companies consider veneers a cosmetic procedure so it is important to know how much your treatment will cost before you begin.
There are a number of different types of veneers available to patients that vary in cost. Here, we will review the different types and their associated cost.
Composite veneers cost between $250-$1500 per tooth. They are non-invasive and your dentist can apply them in one visit. Composite veneers can also be removed if at some point you decide you no longer want them. One drawback to this tight is that they are not as durable as other options and are susceptible to chipping and staining and often need to be patched or replaced every few years.
Porcelain Veneers and Ultra-Thin Veneers
Porcelain veneers cost between $500 and $2500 per tooth and usually take at least two visits to complete. Porcelain is considerably stronger than composite and therefore is much more durable. It is not susceptible to staining but just like your natural teeth, they can still chip or break. Porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years which, in the grand scheme of things, could be considerably less costly than composite veneers. Unlike composite veneers, porcelain is slightly invasive because your dentist will need to trim off some tooth structure to make room for the veneer, making them an irreversible treatment.
Lumineers, Vivaneer and DURAthin are all types of ultra-thin veneers that cost between $800 and $2000 per tooth. The process is the same as regular porcelain veneers.
Clip-on veneers cost between $350 and $650. This type of veneer is not permanently affixed to the tooth and does not require a loss of tooth structure. This is a cheaper option that is not permanent.
Most patients find that they get the most bang for their buck with porcelain veneers. Porcelain has the longest lifespan, up to 20 years. To keep your veneers as long as possible, proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings and checkups is crucial! If you do ever find that you have a veneer that ships or falls off, it’s important to get to your dentist as quickly as possible to have it repaired.
Are there any options to help lower the cost of veneers?
There are a couple of things you might consider looking into if you are interested in dental veneers. There are dental discount programs that can help with your out-of-pocket costs. Offices that accept dental discount plans have a set discounted fee for members.
Dental schools are another way to receive cosmetic treatment at a lower cost. All procedures are supervised by a dentist. There are also continuing education seminars that sometimes perform live surgeries and dental restorations and need patients to work on!
If you are looking to improve your smile, speak with your dentist to see if you are a candidate for veneers and what type would be best for your individual needs and lifestyle.
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