Dental veneers have come a long way since the first ones appeared in the late 1920s. Back then, these temporary veneers brightened the smiles of Hollywood movie stars. And by “temporary,” we mean three or four scenes. Furthermore, the veneers looked pretty good on antiquated film, but they looked very fake up close.
Today’s veneers may last between ten and fifteen years. Plus, porcelain veneers look almost exactly like real teeth. Progress is never cheap. As veneers have progressed, the cost of veneers has escalated commensurately. So, regardless of the actual price tag, veneers are always an investment. Given the substantial benefits of veneers, that investment is almost always worthwhile.
Determining the Cost of Veneers
Type of material is the leading factor in this area. The more expensive the material, the more expensive your veneers will be.
- Porcelain Veneers: Since most people get veneers for their front teeth, most people have porcelain veneers. This material most closely resembles natural teeth. Plus, it lasts a long time. So, porcelain veneers generally cost between $1,000 and $3,000 per tooth.
- Resin Veneers: This material isn’t quite as fake-looking and short-term as those 1920s veneers, but it is fairly close. If you need to get through a wedding, a stage performance, or a work presentation, a $200 to $300 resin veneer may be for you. Furthermore, as outlined below, some people get resin veneers to see how they look, and they may upgrade to porcelain later.
- Lumineers: Basically, lumineers are thin veneers which are almost translucent. They require less preparation than veneers, so the cost is usually lower. Generally, lumineers run between $800 and $2,000 per tooth.
There is such a wide variation in the cost of veneers because the amount of work varies. Some teeth are in unusual or awkward positions. Furthermore, sometimes Dr. Stone must prepare the teeth for the veneers.
Alternatives to Veneers
If the cost of veneers or lumineers gives you sticker shock, there are some alternatives available.
As mentioned, some people get resin veneers to cover discolored teeth or take care of other similar cosmetic issues. When the resin wears off, they either upgrade to porcelain or decide that their teeth did not look that bad after all.
There are also some other treatments which are more conservative. Teeth whitening may produce roughly the same results at a much lower cost than veneers. Dr. Stone will give you a definitive answer after your exam. As a rule of thumb, we always recommend the most conservative treatment which will produce the results you want.
Your smile is not just a “cosmetic” issue. It affects your self-confidence and many other areas of life. To get the smile you want, contact Best Dental Associates today. Dr. John Stone has been brightening Ft. Lauderdale smiles since the 1970s.