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How Much Do Veneers Cost?

June 21, 2023

The very first thing people see when they meet you is your smile. Unfortunately, according to research from the American Association of Orthodontists, approximately 1/3 of people are unhappy with their smile and avoid it. This can make you seem unfriendly or unapproachable.

Some of the primary reasons that people are unhappy with their smiles are:

  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Spacing issues
  • Cracked/broken/chipped teeth
  • Discolored teeth

Thanks to advancements in dental technology, there are many cosmetic procedures that can address these issues. Dental veneers are among the most popular options at Amores Dental in Dadeland and Palmetto Bay.

In this article, we'll explain more about this solution for improving the appearance of your smile.

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin shells that are placed over the surface of the tooth to resolve cosmetic concerns. They are typically placed on the upper front 6 to 8 teeth and are made of porcelain or composite resin.

The dentist will remove a layer of the tooth enamel to create space for the veneers to sit on your teeth. Therefore, dental veneers are a permanent, irreversible procedure. On average, veneers can last for up to 20 with proper care and maintenance.

Veneers vs. Crowns: What is the Difference?

A dental veneer is usually approximately 1 mm thick or less, and the primary purpose is to improve the appearance of a damaged tooth. They are typically used only on front teeth that are visible when smiling.

A dental crown, on the other hand, is approximately 2 mm thick and covers the entire tooth. In addition to improving the appearance of the tooth, it strengthens and protects the tooth. A crown can be used with a dental implant screw to replace a missing tooth or to secure a dental bridge to the adjacent teeth. Crowns may be used to restore and protect a tooth that is severely damaged or has been treated with root canal therapy.

How Much Do Dental Veneers Cost?

Dental veneers can cost up to $2,500 per tooth, depending on several factors including:

  • Material used for veneer
  • Location of dental clinic
  • Experience and expertise of the dentist
  • Dental insurance coverage
  • Additional procedures/services

Some clinics will offer a discount if you are getting multiple veneers.

  • Dental Veneer Material

    The first factor that is used to determine the cost of your veneers is the material used for the veneer.

    Composite resin veneers are the least expensive option and can cost around $800 to $1,100 per tooth. These veneers can be direct or indirect. Direct composite veneers involve the resin being directly applied to teeth. There is little enamel removal required for this type of veneer. Indirect composite resin veneers are made outside of the mouth either in the office or in a dental lab. This type of veneer lasts an average of 5 to 7 years and may last up to 10 or more with proper care and maintenance.

    Porcelain veneers cost between $900 to $2,500 per tooth. They are made in a dental lab and require more of the enamel to be removed from the natural tooth. Porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years or more with proper care and maintenance.

    It is important to note that composite veneers are stronger than porcelain but don't last as long. However, if they are damaged, they can be repaired, while a porcelain veneer must be replaced.

  • Location of the dental clinic

    The cost of living in the area where the dental clinic is located has an impact on the cost of the procedure. A clinic in a larger metropolitan area is going to be more expensive than one located in a rural area.

  • Experience and expertise of the dentist

    A new dentist will usually offer lower fees than a dentist that has been practicing for many years. However, it is important to note that there is a higher risk of complications when working with a newer dentist that does not have as much experience.

  • Dental insurance coverage

    Dental veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure, which means it offers no functional benefits. Therefore, most dental insurance providers will not cover treatment. However, our office staff will be happy to work with your provider to determine coverage. If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not cover treatment, we do offer financing options.

  • Additional Procedures/Services

    In most cases, you'll need a consultation exam and cleaning, and x-rays and other imaging are also often required. Some clinics offer these services as part of the treatment package, while others charge additional fees. In some cases, even if insurance does not cover the veneers, it will cover these services.

Dental Veneer Procedure: What to Expect at Amores Dental

The process of getting dental veneers typically takes several hours and often requires two appointments. Composite veneers may be completed in one appointment if you are getting direct veneers or if your dentist offers chairside veneers.

During the first visit, the dentist will perform a comprehensive exam and cleaning. Your underlying oral health issues and expectations for treatment will also be discussed at this time. You will choose the type of veneer and the shade of white you would like.

Local anesthesia will be administered, and the dentist will begin removing a layer of the enamel. This will create space for the veneer to sit on the tooth, as well as create a surface for the adhesive to bond to. This step is what makes this procedure irreversible.

If your veneers are being fabricated in an off-site lab, the dentist will place temporary veneers, which will protect the teeth while you wait. Then, when the clinic receives the veneers, the dentist will remove the temporary ones and thoroughly clean your teeth before applying the permanent ones.

Are Veneers Worth It?

Dental veneers are a major investment, and since it's a cosmetic procedure, most insurance providers do not cover it. Your reason for getting veneers determines whether the investment is worth it.

For celebrities, public speakers, news anchors, and other professionals, veneers are often a career investment. For others, veneers improve confidence and help them feel at ease in certain social situations. This is valuable enough for most people.

However, when it comes to monetary value, the benefits can be hard to calculate. One of the benefits is that you'll save money on whitening treatments because porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. Composite veneers, on the other hand, are susceptible to staining like natural teeth.

While irreversible, permanent veneers will not last a lifetime. Over time, they will need to be repaired or replaced. Composite veneers last an average of 5 to 7 years, while porcelain lasts an average of 10 to 15 years. You can extend the life expectancy of composite veneers to about 10 years and porcelain to about 20 years with proper care and maintenance.

Schedule Your Dental Veneer Consultation with Amores Dental Today

InvisalignIf you're unhappy with the appearance of your smile, schedule your consultation appointment with Amores Dental today. We have two convenient locations to serve you:

We look forward to meeting with you and creating a smile you can be proud of. In addition to dental veneers, we offer many other cosmetic dental procedures. We also offer general and family dental services and restorative procedures.

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