How Much Veneers Cost & Ways to Pay for Veneers

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What are Veneers?

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.

Veneers are an excellent option for tooth discoloration, as well as crooked, gapped, and irregularly shaped teeth

tooth in lower jaw with dental veneer

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Types of Veneers

Here are the different types of veneers:

  • Porcelain veneers are the most natural-looking and durable veneer material available. Porcelain laminate veneers are also extremely biocompatible, which means they rarely injure the gum tissues and surrounding soft tissues in the mouth. These veneers can significantly improve the appearance of your smile because porcelain is very aesthetically pleasing.
  • Composite veneers are made of composite resin, which is a mixture of inorganic and organic materials. They blend in fairly well with your natural tooth color, but are prone to stains over time and do not last as long as porcelain.
  • Lumineers are a brand of veneers. They are made of ultra-thin porcelain laminate material and require minimal preparation before placement. Unlike porcelain veneers, less natural tooth structure is removed before placing a lumineer over your tooth enamel.
  • Removable veneers are also called snap-on veneers. There are two types of removable veneers: instant veneers and custom-made clip-on veneers.

SUMMARY

Veneers can fix a wide range of cosmetic issues, but cannot repair damaged teeth. The most common veneer materials include porcelain and composite. Lumineers and removable veneers are cheaper options, while porcelain veneers are the strongest and most natural-looking option.

How Much Do Veneers Cost?

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.

Prepless (no-prep) veneers, such as Lumineers, are a little cheaper. They tend to cost anywhere between $650 and $2,000 per tooth. 

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

  • Porcelain veneers cost — $925-$2,500 (per tooth)
  • Composite resin veneers cost — $600-$1,500 (per tooth)
  • Lumineers cost — $800-$2,000 (per tooth)
  • Removable veneers (temporary veneers) cost — $470-$600 (for both upper and lower teeth)

SUMMARY

Veneers are not covered by insurance. They cost between $470 and $2,000 per tooth.


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Who is a Good Candidate for Veneers?

Anyone who has all of their permanent (adult) teeth is usually a good candidate for veneers. You also cannot have cavities, gum disease, or other oral health conditions. If you do, make sure you receive treatment to correct these issues beforehand.

SUMMARY

Veneers cannot fix damaged or decaying teeth. You must have healthy bone structure, teeth, and gums to be a candidate for veneers.

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

SUMMARY

Payment plans and discount dental savings plans are two ways to save money on veneers.

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 resin 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. 

Removable Veneers

Custom-made clip-on veneers are also called removable veneers. First, an impression of your teeth is made. Then the impression is sent to a dental lab.

The dental lab technicians create a custom-fit set of veneers for you, which then get mailed out.

snap on smile

Snap-on Smile and Alpha Veneers are two of the most popular custom-made removable veneers companies.

The Snap-On Smile process all takes place at a dental office. The removable veneers typically cost $1,000 to $3,500 per arch. Some dentists may charge as low as $500 per arch.

Occasional wear Alpha Veneers cost $299 for a single arch and $499 for both. Regular wear veneers are $549 for a single arch and $749 for a dual arch.

Alpha Veneers cost less because they are a direct-to-consumer company. They mail you an impression kit, then send it to a dental lab, and return your veneers to your home. Their treatment model is very similar to at-home clear aligner treatments such as byte, Candid Co, and ALIGNERCO.

SUMMARY

Dental bonding, teeth whitening treatment, and orthodontics are the best veneer alternatives. These treatments may be better options if your teeth are worn down, damaged, decaying, or misaligned. Removable veneers are the best budget option. However, they are not as comfortable and do not last as long as normal veneers.

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 $2,500 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.


What's Next?

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