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How Much Do Veneers Cost?

Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. The treatment is often referred to as a “smile makeover” because it significantly improves the appearance of your teeth. 

A veneer is a thin, tooth-colored shell that fits over the front of your tooth. The shells change the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth.

This treatment is an excellent option for tooth discoloration, as well as crooked, gapped, and irregularly shaped teeth. 

tooth in lower jaw with dental veneer

Since veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure, dental insurance typically does not cover the cost of treatment. The cost of veneers depends on the type chosen, your dentist’s location, and how many you get. 

On average, the cost of a traditional veneer is anywhere between $600 and $2,500 per tooth. Porcelain veneers are the most expensive.

Dental discount plans might save you more than insurance.

For some patients, a dental discount plan could save you more money each year.

Prepless (no-prep) veneers, such as Lumineers, are a little cheaper. They tend to cost anywhere between $650 and $2000 per tooth. 

The cost of a dental veneer, depending on the type, is as follows:

  • Porcelain veneers cost — $925-$2500 (per tooth)
  • Composite resin veneers cost — $600-$1500 (per tooth)
  • Lumineers cost — $800-$2000 (per tooth)
  • Removable veneers (temporary veneers) cost — $470-$600 (for both upper and lower teeth)

How Long Do Veneers Last? 

Porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years or longer with proper dental care, good oral hygiene, and regular check-ups. Composite veneers typically last between 5 and 7 years, while Lumineers can last up to 10 years. Porcelain veneers are generally the best option because they last the longest, do not harm your gum tissue, and look the most natural. 

Financing Options for Veneers

There are a few ways to save money on veneers:

Payment Plans

A payment plan for veneers is an excellent choice if you do not have insurance. Some general and cosmetic dentists allow patients to pay off a portion of the veneer(s) over a few months. You would pay your dentist directly for treatment. 

Discount Dental Savings Plans

Insurance does not cover veneer costs. Fortunately, some discount dental plans may cover a portion of the cost. Most dental discount plans work in similar ways: 

  • You only pay for the dental treatments you need (when you need them)
  • No annual spending limit
  • No claims or approval forms are required to sign up
  • Members pay one low annual fee
  • You will get access to a network of dentists in your area

Alternative Treatments

Dental veneers can be expensive, especially if you want more than one veneer. Traditional veneers also require prepping, which means part of your natural tooth structure will be removed before placement. This means the shells are permanent. 

If you are unsure about veneers, there are a few reversible and less invasive dental treatments available. These include:

  • Teeth whitening treatment — professional teeth whitening costs less than veneers, and the results are not permanent. In-office teeth whitening tends to cost anywhere between $500 and $1,400 per treatment. 
  • Dental bonding — A dental bond uses an adhesive and tooth-colored composite resins to whiten your teeth and/or fix tooth irregularities. Bonding treatment is completed in one office visit, while veneers take two or more appointments. Dental bonds are also reversible and tend to cost anywhere between $300 and $600 per tooth. Indirect dental bonds, such as onlays, can cost up to $1,500 per tooth.
  • Orthodontic treatment — if you have many misaligned or crooked teeth, orthodontic treatment may be better. Clear aligners and braces are popular choices. 

If you have cavities, gum disease, or another oral health condition, it is essential to seek restorative treatment. You may need a root canal, cavity filling, dental crown, dental implant, or dentures. Veneers do not restore severely damaged or decaying teeth. 

Veneers Cost: Questions and Answers

How much does a full set of veneers cost?

Patients often get a discount if they buy a whole set of veneers. However, it is very expensive. A full mouth of veneers can cost between $10,000 and $40,000 or more.

How many veneers do you usually get?

How many veneers you get depends on your needs and desired smile. To achieve a new smile, many patients need eight or more veneers (all front teeth). Patients only looking to fix a few chipped, crooked, or discolored teeth may only need four or fewer veneers.

How much do veneers cost per tooth with insurance?

Veneers cost anywhere between $600 and $2500 per tooth. However, veneers are not covered by insurance because they are cosmetic restorations.

Do veneers ruin your teeth?

When veneers are placed by an experienced cosmetic dentist, they will not ruin your teeth.

Why are veneers so expensive?

Porcelain veneers are the most expensive. Their high cost is due to convenience, durability, and how well they blend in with your natural teeth. Veneers are also tooth-colored and last many years. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last up to 25 years. Veneers made of composite materials are cheaper but don't last as long.

Finally, an insurance alternative that works.

In many cases, dental discount plans can replace dental insurance. It even helps pay for cosmetic procedures.

Resources

“Dental Veneers: What Are Veneers, How Much Do They Cost, and Do I Need Them?: Guardian Direct.” GuardianDirect.com, 21 Oct. 1970, www.guardiandirect.com/resources/articles/do-i-need-veneers.

Goldstein, Ronald E., et al. Ronald E. Esthetics in Dentistry. Wiley Blackwell, 2018.

Hollins, Carole. Basic Guide to Dental Procedures. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015.

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Updated on: January 4, 2021
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