Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are adhered to the front of teeth to change their appearance. Patients who have chipped, broken, discolored, or small teeth often choose this cosmetic dental treatment. This treatment is typically used for the upper front 6 to 8 teeth.
There are two types of veneers: traditional and no-prep. Traditional veneers are typically made of porcelain or composite resin and are permanently adhered to teeth. No-prep veneers are less invasive than traditional veneers but do not last as long. Traditional veneers typically last 5 to 7 years with proper care and maintenance.
Dr. Zaruhi Shahbazyan at Shahbazyan Dental Studio has the experience and expertise to help you create a picture-perfect smile with veneers. In this article, we'll explain the average cost of dental veneers and why this cosmetic dental treatment may be worth it.
Average Cost of Dental Veneers
According to the American Dental Association, porcelain dental veneers cost an average of $925 to $2,500 per tooth. The cost of composite dental veneers is a bit lower, ranging from $400 to $2,000 per tooth. The average cost of no-prep veneers ranges from $800 to $2,000 per tooth.
Unfortunately, since this is considered a cosmetic procedure, most dental insurance providers will not cover it. However, our office staff will work with your provider to determine coverage. We do also offer financing options for patients who qualify.
Factors Impacting the Cost of Veneers
There are several factors that can impact the cost of dental veneers, including:
Type of veneer (traditional or no-prep)
Material used (porcelain or composite resin)
Experience and expertise of the dentist
Location of dental clinic
How many veneers you are getting
Are Veneers Worth It?
Ultimately, you must decide for yourself if dental veneers are worth the investment. This treatment offers several benefits, including:
Dramatically enhancing your smile
Can be matched to natural teeth, improving their natural appearance
Resist stains better than natural enamel
Don't require any extra care and maintenance
Porcelain veneers last up to 20 years and composite resin lasts 5 to 7 years with proper care/maintenance
That being said, when considering whether or not a dental treatment is worth it, you need to also consider some of the disadvantages:
Loss of natural enamel, making the procedure irreversible
Increased sensitivity to hot/cold foods and beverages
Veneers may come loose or fall off
Most dental insurance providers classify veneers as cosmetic, which means they will not cover it
We believe that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages, making this treatment option worth the investment. Once the veneers are applied, you will have a smile that you can be proud of.
Why Choose Dr. Zaruhi Shahbazyan?
Dr. Shahbazyan has the experience and expertise to perform a variety of dental procedures, including cosmetic. She can help you decide which treatment is most appropriate for your condition, giving you the picture-perfect smile you've always dreamed of.
For Dr. Shahbazyan, dentistry is more than just a profession- it's her passion. She strives to improve her current skills as well as learn new ones. She treats patients like family, working hard to ensure that you are always comfortable when you visit her clinic.
Dental veneers are a cost-effective cosmetic solution for broken, chipped, discolored, small teeth. While this is one of the most common treatments at Shahbazyan Dental Studio, our patients still have questions and concerns. We are happy to address those at any time. Below are answers to some of the most common questions we get:
How long do veneers last?
Traditional composite resin veneers typically last 5 to 7 years with proper care and maintenance. Porcelain veneers have been shown to last up to 20 years. No-prep veneers are not as durable and won't last as long.
Are veneers permanent?
Veneers do wear out over time. However, since some of the enamel is ground off, this is an irreversible procedure. Therefore, it's important to give it some thought before moving forward with this treatment.
Do veneers hurt?
No, dental veneers do not hurt. Prior to the enamel removal, we will administer local anesthesia, so you should not feel anything, and most patients have no issues during recovery. However, it is important to note that some patients are sensitive to the adhesive, which means you may experience some minor discomfort and gum soreness as you adjust to the veneers. This typically resolves quickly and can be treated with OTC pain relievers. If you do have severe pain, contact the clinic right away so that we can determine the cause and resolve it.
How long do veneers last?
As long as you take care of them, veneers should last an average of 5 to 7 years. It is important to note that porcelain veneers are more durable and typically last longer than composite resin. In fact, porcelain veneers may last up to 20 years.
Can you get veneers with crooked teeth?
While you can get dental veneers with crooked teeth, it is important to note that this treatment simply covers the issue- it does not resolve it. The best way to resolve crooked teeth is with Invisalign or traditional braces.