ne of the very first things that people notice about you when they meet you for the first time is your smile. If you are not smiling, you may appear unfriendly. If your teeth have some cosmetic imperfections, people may think that you don’t take care of yourself.
Perfect White Smiles in Beverly Hills offers a variety of cosmetic dental solutions including dental veneers. This article explains what you need to know about the cost of dental veneers.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are very thin, tooth-colored shells that are placed on teeth to resolve a variety of cosmetic concerns. This is a cosmetic treatment, not designed to restore any type of functionality. Veneers are typically placed on the upper 6 to 8 front teeth that are visible when smiling.
There are two types of traditional veneers: porcelain and composite resin. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages. The dentist will work with you to determine which one is best for you. The most common considerations used when determining the best option include:
- Cost (porcelain costs more than composite resin- neither is covered by dental insurance)
- How long/how many appointments are needed to install them (porcelain takes at least 2 appointments, while composite resin may be done in a single appointment if you are getting direct veneers)
- Appearance (porcelain typically offers a more natural appearance than composite resin)
- The life expectancy of veneers (composite lasts an average of about 5 to 7 years, while porcelain lasts about 10 to 15 years)
- Durability (porcelain lasts longer but is easier to damage and must be replaced if this happens, while the composite resin is stronger and, if damaged, can be repaired)
- Dentist’s recommendations (your dentist will discuss your expectations and budget to help you decide which one is best for you)
Factors Affecting the Cost of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers can be expensive, ranging from around $400 to $2,500 per tooth. Several factors impact this cost, including:
Porcelain is more expensive because it offers a more natural appearance and typically lasts longer. Porcelain veneers cost an average of $925 to $2,500 per tooth, while composite resin costs an average of $400 to $2,000.
Location of dental clinic
The location of the dental clinic plays a major role in the cost of dental procedures. On average, dental clinics in major metropolitan areas have higher fees than those located in more rural areas.
Number of Veneers Needed
The cost of dental veneers is based on a single tooth. This means that you can get one veneer, or you can get several. Most people choose to treat the upper 6 to 8 front teeth to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Experience and Expertise of the Dentist
Many times, the more experienced a dentist is, the higher their fees will be. A dentist who is just starting may offer lower fees. However, when you work with an inexperienced dentist, the risk of complications is increased.
Financing and Insurance Options for Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are classified as a cosmetic dental procedure. This means that most dental plans will not cover any portion of treatment. You will be required to pay for the treatment completely out-of-pocket. However, we do offer financing options that can help make these treatments more affordable. Our office staff will be glad to explain these options to you.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation Today
Perfect White Smiles offers several cosmetic dentistry treatments, including dental veneers. If you have concerns about the appearance of your teeth, schedule your consultation today at Perfect White Smile in Beverly Hills. We look forward to helping you achieve the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of.
Dental Veneers FAQs
If you have questions about dental veneers or any other cosmetic dental treatments at Perfect White Smiles, our friendly staff will be happy to help. Our team has experience in a variety of areas and can help you understand anything you need to about our treatments.
Are full veneers painful?
The process of getting dental veneers requires the removal of some of the enamel and dentin from your teeth. However, this is done under local anesthesia, which means you won’t feel anything. Once the veneers are in place, you shouldn’t be able to feel them.
What is the best age to get veneers?
According to dental experts, there is no “best” age to get veneers. However, we typically do not put them on patients under the age of 18 unless they have an issue with their enamel.
Do you have to brush veneers?
Yes, dental veneers must be brushed like natural teeth to prevent the buildup of bacteria and plaque. If you do not take proper care of them, your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease increases.
Which is cheaper, veneers or crowns?
Typically, dental crowns are more expensive than dental veneers. However, most dental insurance plans will cover a portion of crowns, if deemed medically necessary. Dental veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure, which means that most plans do not cover them.