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.
It is cheaper in countries like India
Fees for porcelain veneers
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.
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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 Veneers Varies
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.
The cost of porcelain veneers
The fees charged by each office are determined by the experience and expertise of the doctor, the quality of the lab being used, the difficulty of the case, and the overall overhead expense of the office. For the patient, it is important to select a dentist that you are comfortable with in providing this service for you. You should ask what the doctor's experience is, and to see examples of their before and after treatments, as well as speak with a few of his/her patients that have had this procedure completed.
Once your veneers are completed, it is very important to see your dentists for routine maintenance hygiene visits. Your dentist and hygienist will check your veneers at these visits to assure that you are maintaining them properly so that they will last a long time.
Enhancing your smile can be life changing, improving your self image, social, and business aspects of your life.
After you have this procedure done, you will come to realize that whatever you pay, it was a great investment in yourself!
Wishing you the best in your search for a new and improved smile!
Dr. Gary Braunstein
Cost of porcelain veneers
- 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
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!!!
Porcelain Veneers - How much do Veneers Cost? - Prices may vary.
The average cost per tooth is between $1000-$2000, but there are plenty of dentists who charge significantly more, and on occasion, an experienced dentist may be offering a special on veneers as well.
James Asaf, DDS
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