How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
Have you always wanted to invest in veneers, but have been hesitant because of what you have heard about the costs? You are not alone! Dental veneers are an investment, but for many this investment has paid off with a straight, white, priceless smile. Below is more information about the estimated costs of veneers of porcelain veneers to help you determine if this investment is worthwhile for you.
Factors that Influence the Cost of Veneers
In reality, the costs of veneers can vary widely and depends on a number of factors. For example, composite veneers start at $500, while the average cost of porcelain veneers is about $1,500. What exactly determines the final costs? Here are the factors that influence the estimated costs of veneers:
- the material the veneers are made of
- the expertise of the dental professional performing the treatment
- your geographic location
- the number of dental procedures involved in the veneer installation
- the number of teeth that need veneers
- if veneers are custom-made in the lab or chair-side using innovative technology
Estimated Costs of Porcelain Veneers
The average cost of porcelain veneers is $1,500, but can range from $900 to $2,500. Many dentist will tell you that porcelain veneers are worth the investment, and the added expense compared to other types of veneers. There are several reasons why porcelain veneers may cost more than other types of veneers:
- Durability: porcelain is stronger than composite or other materials making it more resistant to chips and factures. This also means that porcelain veneers will last longer than other types of veneers. Porcelain veneers will not need to be replaced as soon as other types, and on average, will last 15-20 years.
- Appearance: of all of the veneer types, porcelain has a translucent appearance that looks very similar to natural teeth. Additionally, porcelain is naturally stain-resistant, which means you won’t have to worry about needing whitening.
Are Veneer Costs Covered with Insurance?
Unfortunately, to have insurance cover anything, it has to be medically necessary and veneers are usually not considered necessary. Porcelain veneers are often considered a cosmetic solution. However, some dental insurance plans cover some of the additional costs of the treatment, such as the necessary dental exams. If you contact your insurance provider and your dental plan does not cover the costs of a veneer treatment, there are some alternative options. Dental discount plans are available from most dentists and can help cover up to 60% of any dental procedure. Even if a procedure is purely cosmetic, a dental discount plan can help make sure the procedure is covered. These plans often have no yearly limit or waiting periods. What you will have to do is pay a regular fee and visit a dentist that works within the discount plan network. Another way to budget or reduce your estimated costs is to shop around and meet with several cosmetic dentists and see what their treatment plan will cost you. While porcelain veneers are a big investment, there are ways to make the investment work for you.
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