Every smile and treatment is individually designed so prices will vary from patient to patient depending on what is required.
The following factors will affect the price of the treatment:
This is the biggest determining factor. Some patients may need a single veneer to restore a fractured tooth, or two to close a gap between their front teeth. Others may desire a full Hollywood style makeover with up to 12 veneers, depending on how wide your smile is.
Some people can get away with the result they want with the front 6 teeth, for others it’s the front 10 and for some only the top teeth are important… it just depends on your desired outcome.
As a rule of thumb, dentists charge per veneer so you can multiply the cost of a veneer by the number of veneers you need done.
Is the dentist a general dentist, a cosmetic dentist or a prosthodontist? There are no set fees on what a dentist should charge, only guidelines so the biggest price difference, aside from how many teeth you are having veneered, is the individual dentist’s pricing structure.
All dentists are trained to do veneers though it may or may not be a procedure they regularly undertake as part of their everyday practice. A cosmetic dentist is not actually a registered dental specialist, but a dentist who focuses on providing cosmetic treatment. They may do thousands every year unlike in my practice where I would do just a handful of cases. The more experienced the dentist, the higher the prices I would expect them to charge.
A prosthodontist is a registered specialist trained in advanced dentistry and restorative procedures so the prices they charge are likely to reflect this.
The artistic and technical skill of the person making the veneers is crucial to achieving a great fitting and natural looking result. The more experience and training they have, the higher the lab charges are likely to be to the dentist, and this will end up being reflected in the price you pay.
The cost of porcelain veneers will vary not only between countries but also between states and between major cities and smaller towns.
The health fund you are with and level of insurance cover you have, will affect how much you get back and what you end up paying out of pocket.
Some dentists may charge an additional fee for temporary veneers which may be necessary for aesthetics or for sensitivity whilst the final veneers are being constructed. In Australia and the UK, this is included in the price; in the US I understand it is an additional charge.
The dentist may pay more for certain brands or types of veneers from the dental laboratories and this could be reflected in the price you pay.
A lot of dentists offer payment plans for cosmetic, restorative and orthodontic treatment so ask if they have anything available. Third party financing may be possible if your dentist doesn’t offer this option and you meet the eligibility criteria. That way you can develop a monthly payment plan to suit your budget.