How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
If you have talked with the dentist about a smile transformation to address the color, shape or size of your teeth, then porcelain veneers are a great option to consider. As compared to other types of veneers, porcelain veneers are not the most expensive nor are they the least expensive. While the total cost can be disheartening, porcelain veneers do not need to be crossed off your list of options. Your vision of your new smile is closer to realization that you think, as long as you choose the right dentist.
On average, porcelain veneers cost about $1,500 per tooth but the price can range from $900 to $2,500 per tooth. Other resin veneers can range from $500 to $2,300 a tooth depending on whether the veneers are constructed chairside or in a laboratory. Lumineers are the priciest option that averages $1,800 per tooth.
Now that you determined veneers are the best way to achieve the smile of your dreams, the price of the veneers will be affected by:
- The material used for your veneers
- The training, experience and skills of the dentist who is working with you on your veneers
- Where you are located geographically
The procedure to add veneers to your smile is intricate so addressing the improvement of just one tooth can be more expensive than you expect. If your dentist is more experienced, then the price of the veneers will be higher than if the dentist is not as practiced. If you are located in a city or on the coast of the country, your veneers will cost more than if you lived in a more coastally distant or rural location.
The purpose of choosing veneers is to alter the overall impression your smile leaves on you and the people you meet. When you choose porcelain veneers, you are choosing a high performance, durable material that closely replicates your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers have a translucent appearance and they are stain-resistant unlike your natural teeth. You will not have to worry about whitening your veneers after prolonged coffee or wine drinking.
Next, the price tag will be affected by the production process. Traditionally, the dentist creates custom molds from your current teeth to create the shape and size of the veneers. Then, the dentist sends the mold to a laboratory to create the veneers that will be fit to your teeth perfectly. Porcelain is more durable than resin and can last for fifteen to twenty years, but it is not 100% chip or crack resistant. And once you replace your natural teeth with veneers, you will always have to have veneers on those teeth.
In order for the dentist to make sure your mouth is healthy enough to have veneers and to ensure the best fit for your veneers, the dentist will have to complete a few procedures before you walk out with your new smile. The dentist may need to perform one or all of the following associated procedures with their associated costs:
- Dental exam
- Diagnostic wax-up
- Bitewing X-ray
- Periapical X-ray
- Panoramic X-ray
- Dental cleaning