Very few people are fortunate enough to have a naturally symmetrical smile that glows. For most people, there are at least a few things about the appearance of their teeth they’d prefer to change. If you find there are a few things about the appearance of your own teeth you’d like to change, veneers may be the answer. By getting veneers, you can fix cosmetic problems with your teeth quickly and easily. However, the cost of veneers will still be an important thing to consider before you make your choice.
What Will You Pay for Veneers?
Not all veneers are the same, and so not all veneers are priced the same. When shopping around for veneers, you’re likely to get quotes that vary, sometimes even as much as a few hundred dollars per tooth. The trick to discern between different quotes, is to know exactly what you’re being quoted for.
The material a veneer is made from will have the biggest influence on the price you pay for it. Veneers can either be made from porcelain or from composite resin. As you could expect, composite resin veneers are usually far cheaper than porcelain veneers. But regardless of the cost, both options offer a unique set of benefits, and what you choose will depend on the result you were hoping for.
So how much do veneers cost, exactly? Well, porcelain veneers cost between $1000-$3000 per tooth, whereas composite resin veneers range from $200-$300 per tooth, more or less. You also have the option of getting special veneers called lumineers, and the price of lumineers is usually $800-$2000 per tooth.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
If you take proper care of your veneers, they can last many many years. But not all veneers are the same in this regard. Generally speaking, porcelain veneers and lumineers have a much longer life expectancy than composite resin veneers.
It’s common for porcelain veneers to last between 10 and 15 years. Sometimes, porcelain veneers can last even longer than that. Most dentists would agree that porcelain veneers should last at least 5 years if you take proper care of them. But it’s safe to expect your porcelain veneers to last at least ten years, provided you don’t bit on hard things like candy or grind your teeth.
Composite resin veneers stain more easily and aren’t typically as long-lasting as their porcelain counterparts, however, you can still expect your composite veneers to last at least two years if you take care of them properly. And with really good care, they can last up to five years. The benefit of composite resin veneers is that they’re easier and cheaper to replace if anything goes wrong, and they’re healthier for your teeth, as your dentist doesn’t have to remove as much natural tooth tissue to replace them.
On the other hand, porcelain veneers still provide a more natural tooth look, because they reflect light more similarly to your natural teeth.
How Do I Choose Veneers?
With the differences in price, aesthetics and tooth health different veneers offer, it can be tricky to know which kind of veneer will be best for you. To choose the best veneers for you, it’s always best to talk to your dentist. If you prefer, you could also get more than one dentist’s opinion on the issue.
Generally though, composite resin veneers might be your best choice if you’re uncertain about your choice, seeing as it’s less of an upfront investment and the procedure is more reversible. Because your dentist will have to remove a large amount of your tooth enamel to place porcelain veneers, the procedure isn’t considered reversible at all, and so you’ll have to replace any veneers that break with new ones. This isn’t a problem if you’re confident in your choice to get veneers. But for patients who are still uncertain about whether or not the procedure would be worth it, going for a less permanent option to get a feel for veneers might be a good idea.
Once a few years pass and your composite resin veneers need to be replaced, you can decide if you’re willing to commit to porcelain, or if you feel satisfied with the composite resin. This is a great way to get a feel for whether or not the confidence boost you get from veneers is worth it to you. Too many patients might feel like porcelain is the only option that can work, but then give up on getting veneers altogether, because they feel like the commitment is too large.
However, always talk to your dentist about your particular case. So, before undergoing the procedure, ask your dentist to walk you through the exact steps, and to explain what results you can expect in your case.