Veneers are a surefire way to cover up stained or crooked teeth. You have to be prepared, though, that a single tooth can set you back up to $1,800! And they might not last forever
The price is dependant on the state of your mouth and your location, but there are also universal factors. So which veneers make the most sense?
What is the cost per tooth for veneers?
Veneers are great for discoloration and uneven teeth. Some materials address one issue better than the other. There are two main types, here’s how they compare:
- $800 per tooth
- Quite thin, little of the tooth has to be shaved down
- Last 5-7 years
- Can look fake
- Can stain, you cannot whiten them at home
- If they break, you can fix them easily at a small cost
- $1,500 per tooth
- Thick, a lot of the tooth has to be shaved down
- Last up to 20 years
- Very close to natural dentition, easy to match color
- Very expensive to fix, you will probably need new ones
The table above represents average prices for a single tooth. You may be able to get a better deal if you’re going for more than one.
It is hard to say which type has the best price. It all depends on what you’re looking for: appearance, durability, or affordability.
What influences the cost?
You may be thinking that prices you heard from your dentist are lower (or maybe higher) than what we have here. The prices above are based on solid research, but they are averages.
But there are numerous factors that can impact the price. The biggest one is the location, as costs can be very different from state to state. What’s more, you might even end up paying a different amount than your friend, whose dentist works in the same office.
It is also important to note that we provided numbers prior to any deductions; insurance, dental plans, or any others. It is up to your provider what they will cover, and up to your dentist what additional procedures you might need.
The total cost includes more than just the placement
The prices above are not the only thing coming out of your wallet. There are some extra costs that you will have to take into account.
In order to get veneers at all, you are going to have to consult with your dentist. This means setting up an appointment with him or her to discuss your options. During this appointment, you will find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
X-rays and diagnostic molds
You will need at least one X-ray. The dentist needs to inspect the structure of your teeth and the surrounding tissues. Most likely this will be a whole-mouth radiograph.
A prophy, or, dental cleaning, will most likely be necessary shortly before getting veneers. This will make sure there is no food debris or plaque on your teeth, as to avoid problems underneath veneers in the future.
Most likely you will be billed separately for all these procedures. What’s more, after getting veneers you must make sure to clean them and visit your dentist regularly. If they break or chip you have to address the issue fast before damage is done to the tooth underneath.
Does dental insurance cover veneers?
Insurance rarely covers veneers, as this is considered a cosmetic procedure. It is hard to convince policy providers to reimburse you for anything not “medically necessary”.
Even if you succeed, veneer placement and the associated costs are quite high. You are going to reach your limit very quickly. And there are still routine procedures you should be having throughout the year.
What’s more, veneers are not permanent, so there is a chance that you will have to redo them at some point. There are other solutions, like implants, which are considered the most permanent solution in restorative dentistry.
Do affordable dental veneers exist?
If you have missing teeth or need a whole arch replaced veneers might not be the best choice. A full set of veneers would set you back a lot. You may have heard of clip-on veneers, but they are nowhere near as comfortable.
Instead, consider the G4 by Golpa. It provides you with a full set of implants in twenty-four hours. There is only one payment, with no additional costs. Insurance might cover a portion of the price, especially if you are missing teeth.
The G4 is a permanent solution, which means never having to redo it. Contact us today!