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Tooth Talk: How Much Do Veneers Cost?

Veneers

Did you know that between 1996 and 2016, people paid 27% more for dental care and 60% more in total health care expenses? The geriatric population fell victim to the highest increases in health care expenditure. 

Researchers discovered that this population group spent almost 60% more over the past twenty years on dental care. Part of these rising costs in health care is greater access for population groups.

Dental care, such as veneers, is more accessible than ever before. Additionally, advances in technology make a lot of these procedures safe and effective in the long term. 

Have you been wondering how much veneers cost? You are not alone! Keep reading on to learn more about what goes on behind the science of veneers and how much out-of-pocket cost you can expect to pay. 

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are essentially shells placed over the top of teeth. These customized teeth give you a natural appearance when you smile. While they improve the overall visual appearance of teeth, most people who get veneers suffer from some of these dental issues: 

  • Stains
  • Chipped teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Excessive gaps

Sometimes, a dentist suggests veneers after a person has already undergone braces or professional teeth whitening procedures. There are two main types – porcelain veneers and resin-based composite veneers.

What is the difference between these two?

Porcelain veneers are more expensive but are extremely strong and can last for years to come. Resin-based composite veneers are less expensive but require a bit different procedure. 

Porcelain involves the removal of part of your tooth’s enamel. Resin-based composite can opt for minimal enamel removal or none at all. Porcelain can also give your teeth a whiter appearance than their natural color and are not prone to staining whereas, resin-based stains over time. 

However, resin-based composite veneers have less enamel removal which usually means they are easy to replace when if they break. Another big thing to consider between these two is that porcelain veneers need two to three appointments, and resin-based composite veneers only need one.

If you are looking at longevity, porcelain wins this battle. They can last up to two decades. On the contrary, resin-based composite only lasts approximately five years. 

Procedure

One of the important steps for prepping a tooth for a veneer is making sure that the same thickness of enamel shaved off matches the veneer. This will ensure that the veneer does not look abnormally large when secured on your teeth. 

In areas of decay, more enamel may be shaved off than in other areas. If you have fillings, it is best to have them replaced beforehand. Some studies show that the integrity and sealing of the veneer are better when fillings are done within two weeks of the procedure. 

The most secure bond is with the enamel – for this reason, your dentist will carefully shave off parts of your tooth for the best opportunity to bond. Dentin – the layer beneath the enamel – can also bond to veneers but is less strong. 

How much of your enamel needs to be shaved down? This completely depends on the patient and if there is tooth decay. On average, it can range from as little as 0.5 millimeters to 1.5 millimeters.

The dentist then determines the color that closely matches your other teeth. After your teeth are shaved down, an impression is made which takes up to two weeks to return. 

If only a small amount of the enamel is removed, then you probably don’t need a temporary solution. If more of the enamel is lost, then your dentist will place one. 

Once your veneers have returned, you and your dentist will further determine the shape and color. Once you are both satisfied, the dentist adds a temporary paste onto the veneer and secures it on top of your natural tooth. This is the last step for deciding if you like the color of your veneer. 

After you are satisfied, your dentist will etch and cement the veneer in place.

Veneer Cost

You’ve decided you want to go ahead with porcelain veneers because they last longer and give you a great smile. How much do veneers cost?

Unfortunately, veneers are classified as a cosmetic procedure. This means that insurance typically won’t cover it. On average per tooth, veneers cost between $925 and $2,000.

If you opt for no-prep veneers, they range between $800 and $2,000. What are no-prep veneers? 

Lumineers are an example of this. This procedure requires minimal prep work and does not shave down any of your enamel. It uses a thinner porcelain veneer to place over your tooth. 

It is still bonded just like a traditional veneer. The positive aspect of choosing this type of veneer is that it is easily removed. 

Traditional veneers are permanent fixtures on your teeth, so you want to be sure about your decision. While Lumineers are easier procedures and reversible, they tend to not last as long as your traditional veneers.

You can expect the lifespan of Lumineers to last around ten years, although some studies are suggesting that they might last twenty years.

Find Your Perfect Smile

Veneers are ideal for fixing cosmetic appearances with your smile. If you are struggling with the look of your teeth, then this could be the option for you. 

While the process leading up to the placement of veneers is a bit longer than other procedures, they will last you for decades. Better yet – you get to choose the color and shape of your teeth with the help of your skilled dentist. 

If you want to find your perfect, then be sure to contact us today to book an appointment.   

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