How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
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Veneer cost over 10 years less than daily Starbucks
You read that right! Porcelain veneers are expensive. No question about that. BUT since most porcelain veneers are expected to last about 10 years (sometimes more, sometimes less), the initial investment when spread out over that 10 years, comes out to much less than what most of us spend daily at Starbucks. And the boost to your self esteem, confidence and general well being is truly priceless. Your smile is the one accessory you never leave home without. We often spend hundreds on shoes, bags, clothes, etc., that will be out of style in one season. Your smile is timeless.
Cost of porcelain veneers - You are worth it!
The cost of porcelain veneers ranges from approximately $1200 to as much as $2600.
In the case of cosmetic dentistry or veneer therapy you do get what you pay for. Often the cost of such therapy comes from the experience of the dentist and the talent of the ceramist. Both talent and experience lead to successful aesthetic and healthy outcomes.
Make sure you do your homework - find a dentist you are comfortable with. Always ask for before and after pictures. Make sure your dentist does a thorough work-up and evaluation of aesthetics to ensure veneer therapy is right for you. In the office, the aesthetic evaluation and interview can take up to two hours.
The dentist and the patient need to be on the same page with regards to what a beautiful smile is. In addition the dentist needs to be able to articulate to the patient what is to be expected and what is realistic for the individual patient.
Much of my work in the office involves removing unhealthy and aesthetically unpleasing veneers, most of which could have been prevented.
Veneer therapy is a wonderful procedure and has enabled me to enhance so many of my patient’s lives. A beautiful smile is the centerpiece of who we are and how we feel. When you are able to smile confidently you feel good and make people around you feel good.
So smile smile smile you are worth it!!!
Fees for porcelain veneers
The investment for porcelain veneers can vary from office to office and from case to case. Most smiles are based on a "per case" basis and not per tooth, but some dentists look at it as a multiple of each veneer placed.
My opinion is that as more teeth are involved, the complexity of the case increases as well as the lab fees, so multiplying per veneer is not feasible. Fees are based on care, skill and judgement of the dentist and most of the time the fees will be higher in an office with more experience. Geography will also influence a fee, as the cost in Midtown Manhattan will normally be more than Pierre, South Dakota.
Usually when it comes to smiles, cheaper is not better.
Things to consider when doing a smile makeover is size of the smile (do you show ALL of your teeth or just a couple up front?), color shift (are all the teeth very yellow and will the new veneers stick out if they are whiter?) and longevity (will the material be strong enough to last a long time?).
The fee for a smile can vary, and range on average from $5000 to $20,000.
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How Much Do Veneers Cost - the complete answer
This is probably one of the most frequent questions we’re asked. But before that can be answered there are some things than have to be addressed. First, what type of veneers are you referring to? Hand sculpted composite (plastic) veneers or porcelain veneers? If the former, are you needing a veneer on just one tooth, custom matching all the other teeth, or multiple teeth and choosing a color from the tooth color shade guide? If the latter, again, are you referring to just one tooth and requiring that the ceramist custom match your adjacent teeth, or again doing multiple teeth and choosing a standard shade? Another question is are you referring to no-preparation veneers like Lumineers, minimal preparation veneers, standard preparation veneers or moderate-plus preparation as would be necessary when there are large cavities or fillings or the teeth are significantly out of normal alignment? Are you referring to feldspathic veneers or stronger and generally longer lasting veneers like pressed-ceramic EMax or Empress veneers? Other questions are what are your expectations and how difficult will your treatment be? How skilled is your dentist and in what city are you located? Are you wanting your treatment to be covered by insurance or is this elective cosmetic dentistry? Which lab will your dentist be using? A lab with considerable experience that specializes in cosmetic dentistry and veneers, a general lab or a discount lab? I’m sorry to ask you so many questions before answering yours, but the reality is all those things go into consideration when dental fees are determined for cosmetic dentistry. The range of fees is considerable, and we’ve seen dentists advertise veneers for as low as $300 and some of the high profile cosmetic dentists in major metropolitan cities like New York, Newport Beach or Beverly Hills are charging as much as $3,000 per veneer. Obviously the two are not the same. My point is that “a veneer” is like many other purchases you will make, like a TV or a car. It can be high end, in the middle or low end economy. The most important thing is that you get the results you want and that you’re given a fair fee based on the time, effort, training, expertise, skill level and final results from your cosmetic dentist. Also, that the fee is affordable and that the dentist offers some kind of payment plan. I strongly suggest that you not make your decision as to the dentist on fee alone. In our cosmetic practice at least one-third of all the cosmetic dentistry we do is REDOING work done by other dentists that have not achieved the results that they patient wanted or expected. Many of these patients based their initial decision on fee alone, and were subsequently disappointed. Thus, first interview your cosmetic dentist, explain your goals and expectations, have him/her evaluate your smile and discuss with you the proposed treatment, answer many of the questions I’ve previously asked you, and give you an estimate of the fee. Good luck, and again, sorry to give you such a long-winded diatribe to what at first would seem to warrant a one-word answer. One last suggestion, call the dental office you're considering for an estimate or range of fees that they routinely charge for porcelain veneers. Most cosmetic dental practices will do this for you over the telephone, but you would get a much more accurate estimate by visiting the dentist in person for a cosmetic dentistry consultation.
Cost of Porcelain Veneers & the Factors that Determine Cost
The cost of porcelain veneers is determined by the tooth location being treated, the color matching (whether or not the tooth needs custom shade matching), characterization of color, material selection and the lab being used to fabricate the crown. The average cost of a porcelain veneer per tooth is $1,000. Although you may find doctors that will fabricate the crowns for under $1,000, you need to question the materials being used and also the lab being used to fabricate the veneers.
Cost of porcelain veneers
The cost of veneers can vary depending on amount of training and experience a dentist has as well as what type of lab and material is used. Here in Austin, veneers can range from $800 to $1800 dollars. It is important for the patient to do their homework when looking for a cosmetic dentist. Many patients don't realize that any dentist can call them self a cosmetic dentist, even with little or no training.
Typically veneers at the lower end of the fee range are made with one color and don't incorporate things like smile design, waxups, and laser gum re contouring.
Higher end veneers are made using special techniques like cuting back porcelain and then adding in different shades and translucency. Also the anatomy of the veneers is important to control including surface anatomy, incisal anatomy, and overall tooth shape. A well trained cosmetic dentist will be able to work and communicate with a well trained/skilled lab to create a life like, natural smile that defies detection.
There are a lot of areas where consumers can pinch and save, your smile should not be one of them. Your smile is the first thing people notice. If a great looking smile is important, Make sure you find a dentist who has extensive training and works with a high level lab that can mimic natural tooth structure with porcelain. These dentist are more than likely at the higher end of the fee range.
John Schmid DDS LVIF
The Cost of Porcelain Veneers
The cost of porcelain veneers varies greatly depending on geographic area, type/quality of ceramic, and expertise of the dentist. A typical guideline nationwide is veneers cost between $900 to $2000 per tooth. If you are considering a smile makeover, consult with dentists in your area which are known to have expertise in porcelain veneers. The dentist should take time to discuss your goals and give you expectations of achievable results. They should show you models and/or digitally modified photos of what your smile could look like prior to any treatment. A great consultation should make the patient feel truly confident of how their smile may be improved.
Some offices price the procedure per veneer some office price per case. The cost depends on doctor's experience, materials used, laboratory used, and geographical location.
The average per tooth cost can be $800-$2000. So multiple this by the number of teeth that need to be worked on to get an approximate estimate for your treatment.
The price is not significantly different that Lumineers or Da Vinci veneers (these are just brand names, like Tissue vs Kleenex....same product just made by somebody else).
Veneer cost depends on the dentist.
It seems like you got quite a few ambiguous answers to your question.
In my office, each veneer costs $1900 as of November 2012.
Hope that helps.
Veneer Cost Motto: "Good dentistry is expensive but not as expensive as bad dentistry."
While porcelain veneers can be a significant financial investment, it is equally, if not more important, to find a dentist who is skilled in cosmetic dentistry vs simple general/restorative dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry taps into another part of the brain where art and music emanate. Your smile is like a beautiful symphony (okay I'm being dramatic here) but having placed thousand of veneers for 29 years, the most important skills in cosmetic dentistry were gained as an art student during my undergraduate (pre-dental school years). Most patients don't realize that that is what you are paying for, along with the finest dental ceramist, and quality materials. By the way "Lumineers" and "Davinci veneers" and other attempts at branding a unique and personal cosmetic dentistry service is not an indication of quality, but a successful marketing program. I laugh about if this same marketing could be applied to rhinoplasty (nose jobs) like "Mona Lisa" nose or something.
While I am being facetious to illustrate a point, I am often dismayed when patients come to me after spending a significant amount of money with a dentist who advertised or gave them a "good price" for porcelain veneers and they look like chicklets with open margins, flat color and poor design that is not congruent with their other facial features. Redoing this work and my fees being higher is like adding "insult to injury."
The point is that you will pay more for a dentist's skill and his dental ceramist's as well but as my poor immigrant grandmother who wore fancy Ferragamo leather shoes would like to say when we asked we she got the money for those, "I'm too poor, to wear cheap shoes. Cheap shoes I have to keep buying" Smart advice from a simple old lady.
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