Porcelain Veneers Cost: What to Expect
Porcelain veneers provide patients with the ability to achieve a more attractive smile in just two office visits. While the cost is initially more than dental bonding or teeth whitening, veneers can deliver an instantly whiter, straighter, and more attractive smile with longer-lasting results.
Porcelain veneers cost is based on several variables at our Long Island, NY, practice. Dr. Louis Buono discusses the different factors to help give you a better understanding of what to expect. During your private consultation, he will customize your treatment plan based on your unique desires.
Type of Veneers
Although veneers have been around for several decades, they have continued to progress through the years, providing patients with several different options to choose from to meet their cosmetic goals and budgetary needs.
Some of the more popular are made from liquid porcelain, lucite-glass ceramic, zirconia, and lithium disilicate. Dental labs today even offer ultra-thin laminates known as Lumineers® for those looking for a minimal prep veneer.
The higher the quality, the more you can expect to pay. However, quality veneers deliver lasting and stunning results.
Number of Veneers Required
Because cost is based on the individual porcelain veneer, those who only have a couple teeth to conceal can expect to pay less than someone who requires an entire smile makeover.
Technology and Techniques Used
Depending on the type of veneer chosen, your dentist may be able to use CAD/CAM technology to take digital impressions and design same-day porcelain veneers. This will cut back on the number of office visits required, helping to lower your overall costs.
In other cases, the impressions are taken in-office and sent to an off-site dental lab where specially trained technicians will hand-make each veneer. Offsite dental labs typically cost more, but they are experts in the higher quality materials offered.
Complexity of the Case
Before porcelain veneers are applied, it’s important that special care is given to the underlying teeth. If you have extensive damage, the dentist may recommend preliminary treatments to help accomplish your desired goals.
A lengthier treatment plan with additional procedures will add to the overall cost but provide you with even better results.
The expertise and location of your dentist will also impact the overall cost. Dentists located in larger metropolitan areas with a higher degree of training and more experience will typically charge more for their services than someone new to the field and practicing outside the city limits.
While it may be tempting to go with an inexpensive alternative, careful attention should be given to the doctor’s expertise and experience level. Someone less qualified may not deliver satisfactory results, thus costing you more in the long run.
When selecting your dentist, ask about his or her success rates and patient satisfaction results. This will help you determine the track record. Your smile is one of the first features that others notice about you, so you want to make sure it’s placed in the right hands.
If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers and the costs involved, please contact our office today and we would be glad to help. During your consultation, Dr. Buono will explain the process in detail and create a customized treatment plan carefully outlining the costs involved to eliminate any surprises along the way.