For many individuals, cost is the most decisive factor when making the decision on whether or not to move forward with cosmetic dentistry treatment. During your initial consultation with your dentist, he or she will evaluate your case, make recommendations, and advise you on what the cost of treatment will be. As every smile is different, costs vary from patient to patient; some patients may require just one or two dental veneers to meet their needs, while others will require a complete set of veneers. Because of this, cost can vary widely. Additionally, there is no standard cost for individual porcelain veneers; in fact, individuals can expect to pay from $700 to $3,000 per tooth. The cost is based on a number of different factors, which are discussed in more detail below.
Factors That Determine Porcelain Veneer Pricing
A number of factors must be considered before you and your dentist can determine the total price of your treatment, including:
- Number of Teeth Being Treated – the greater the number of teeth being treated, the greater the cost of treatment will be.
- Extent of Work Needed – if the teeth require more extensive preparation than is considered nominal, the cost of treatment will increase.
- Dentist Location – Some areas of the country, such as California, are more expensive than other U.S. states. Plus, larger metropolitan cities may be more expensive than less populated cities.
- Type of Practice – Some practices offer more advanced technology, which may hike up costs. Porcelain veneers can be fabricated in a dental laboratory by ceramists or can be designed and fabricated chairside using technology such as CEREC®. Typically, chairside restoration is more expensive.
- Type of Material Used – Porcelain is used almost exclusively for the fabrication of modern dental veneers. That being said, there are certain brands of veneers, such as Lumineers® or da Vinci Veneers™, which may be pricier than those fabricated in a laboratory.
Porcelain Veneers Financing
In most cases, the cost of having porcelain dental veneers placed is not covered by dental insurance, as it is considered an elective cosmetic treatment. However, financing is available through companies such as CareCredit®. Dental financing plans, just like home financing or automobile financing plans, break up the cost of treatment over a set period of time into affordable payments. Dental offices can usually provide you with financing information during your consultation, so you can easily achieve your dream of a beautiful smile.
Here are some things to remember when considering financing your porcelain veneers:
- Make sure you can afford the monthly payments before deciding to finance your cosmetic dental work
- If you have poor credit history, you can still obtain a loan with the help of a co-signer; however, your interest rate may go up depending on your credit score
- Most credit companies will finance 100 percent of the total cost of the porcelain veneers
- Make sure to shop around for the best interest rate
- Most dental offices accept major credit cards as a form of payment for veneers, but individuals should weigh the pros and cons of this form of payment
- Some dentists can set up a payment plan for you - ask about your options
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