Veneers: What Are They and What Is the Cost?

By: Spirit Dental & Vision
October 5, 2020

woman with veneers smiling

Veneers are a really popular dental treatment that can make your teeth look perfect. But, what exactly are veneers? And what do they generally cost? We’ve got you covered with some helpful information below. 

What Are Veneers?

There are many scenarios in which your dentist might recommend veneers as a treatment to improve the look of your smile. For example, if your teeth are too worn, if you’ve chipped a tooth or broken it, if your pearly whites are uneven or there are gaps between them, or even if your chompers are discolored, veneers might be a great solution.  

Veneers, which are applied to the front of the teeth, look totally natural. They’re thin and customized to suit your mouth, and they can effectively change the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Plus, because porcelain veneers, in particular, are long-lasting (they might last longer than 10 years!) and resistant to stains, they can help keep your smile bright as well. 

Porcelain vs. resin composite veneers

When it comes to veneers, there are a couple of materials that you can choose from: porcelain and resin composite.
Your dentist will discuss the pros and cons of each of these options to help you decide which one is right for you, but here’s a basic breakdown of some of the differences:

  • When it comes to resisting stains, and being less likely to become damaged, porcelain veneers are the better choice.   
  • The nice thing about resin composite is that less enamel might need to be removed before the veneer is set in place, and your dentist may be able to get it all done in one appointment, rather than the two or three appointments that porcelain veneers generally require.
  • In terms of price, porcelain is more expensive. It might also be harder to fix, if that’s ever necessary. However, porcelain tends to last longer than resin composite (10-15 years for porcelain versus 5-7 years for resin composite). 

What Do Veneers Typically Cost?

If you’ve thought about getting veneers, one thing to consider is their cost. Although the price will vary based on several factors, such as the professional that you’re using, where you’re located, the material that’s used, and how many teeth your dentist will be working on, you can expect that this procedure will be on the expensive end. 

The average price range for veneers is anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000. And that’s per tooth! 

But, as we mentioned above, the price will depend on factors like the material that the veneer is made of. So, to further break it down, consider the following:
  • On average, a porcelain veneer for one tooth might cost anywhere from $925 to $2,500.
  • On average, a resin composite veneer for one tooth might cost anywhere from $250 to $1,500.

Will dental insurance help cover the cost of veneers? 

The answer to this question will depend on the dental plan that you have, and whether or not it covers restorative and cosmetic procedures. 

For example, your insurance might want to know if you’re getting veneers for a medical, rather than purely cosmetic, reason. If it’s only because you want your teeth to look good, and veneers aren’t medically necessary, your insurance might not help cover the cost.  

Check out the many options available from Spirit Dental to see if you can get support when undergoing this pricey treatment. 

Think Veneers Are Right for You? 

Overall, veneers are a fabulous option when it comes to perfecting the look of your teeth. If it’s a celebrity smile that you want, veneers might be the right way to go. Plus, they could be a good alternative to crowns. But they aren’t right for everyone, so your dentist will need to evaluate you and provide guidance. And it’s also important to keep in mind that this can be an expensive cosmetic treatment, so having the right insurance is wise. 

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