How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

Is the cost determined per-veneer or for the entire porcelain veneer procedure? Is the price of veneers significantly different for products like Lumineers or Da Vinci veneers?

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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. 

Chicago Dentist
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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.

some think, "A veneer is a veneer is a veneer," but you get what you pay for. Long lasting and natural looking requires the skill of an artistic lab technician and experienced dentist. Those that advertise "cheap" or "discount" do not mean "good value."  Much of my work is redoing attempts by those less qualified. 

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.

Cost of Veneers Varies

There are several factors in determining the cost of veneers.  The obvious factor is location: you are most likely to pay more in a major city in comparison to a rural area.  Not always the case but something to consider.  Other factors that play a major role is experience of dentist (not necessarily years working but actually how many veneers they do on a regular basis). Ask to see several samples of your similar case, not just a list of before and afters.  You want to make sure they've seen a similar case to yours.  What lab the dentist uses makes a difference in cost of veneers as well.  Experienced master technicians will charge more, therefore driving the cost of the procedure to go up.  Lastly, another thing to consider is how fast you want the procedure to be done: 2wks, 1 wk, overnight??   That being said, I've seen veneers go anywhere from $1000- $4000 per tooth.  
If you are looking for quality and a good price, you will really need to do your homework but don't expect that you will have the most natural porcelain veneers at the lower end of the scale.  

Albert Ambriz, DDS
New York Dentist

It is cheaper in countries like India

The cost of ceramic veneers is different in different countries. It is expensive in the US and Europe as the cost of living and manpower is expensive. Whereas, in countries like India it is cheap as the the cost of living and manpower is inexpensive. For example, it costs just $100 to $200 for each porcelain veneer. That means you can get full upper front veneers at the cost of one veneer. while the quality of veneers is equivalent to that of the USA or Europe as it comes with 10 years warranty.

Cost of porcelain veneers

  1. Porcelain veneers can range from less than $1000.00  upwards to well over $2000.00 per veneer. The reason for this broad range of pricing has to do with the skill of the cosmetic dentist as well as the skill of the ceramist and the type of porcelain used. Do  your homework in checking the reviews online of several cosmetic dentists in your general area and think of this procedure as an investment in your future quality of life and not just as an expense

Edward L. Loev, DMD
San Francisco Dentist
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I Should have Done This Years Ago!

This is what people ALWAYS say after getting their veneers.  So, cost really shouldn't be the most important question.  Veneers can range from $600 to $3000 each.  It depends on where you live, quality of the lab making them, education and experience of the doctor, and planning expenses like a wax up for your temporaries.

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.

Norman Huefner, DDS
Laguna Niguel Dentist

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!!!

Ryan Sellinger, DMD
Manhattan Dentist

$750 in our practice

Pocelain veneers are $750 canadian in our practice in Toronto, Canada. This includes the lab fees and teeth whitening. 

Hisham Kaloti, DDS
Mississauga Dentist
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Dental Veneers Cost and Factors Details

The cost of porcelain veneers varies from patient to patient, although costs typically hover around
several hundred dollars per tooth. These factors include:

-Type of veneers

-Geographic location

-Experience of the dentist

Porcelain veneers are more expensive than indirect or direct composite
resin veneers. Traditional porcelain veneers cost between $925 and
$2,500 per tooth but can last 10 to 15 years. Composite veneers cost
approximately $250 to $1500 per tooth and may last between five and
seven years.

Susan Millar, DDS
Costa Mesa Dentist

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