Ask Dr. Page
Why is there such a big range in cost for dental veneers ($400-$2000)?
There are three main types of porcelain veneers. Because there are different types of veneers, the cost for dental veneers may vary depending on type. Many patients shop for dental veneers prices based only on how cheap or expensive they are, only to end up with veneers that have problems or are cosmetically less pleasing. Be careful of shopping based only on price, cheap veneers tend to pop off, this can be inconvenient. Because veneers can last 20-30 years, patients who shop only based on price often end up with problematic veneers and have to live with their bad decision for decades. I suggest you spend a few hundred dollars more on the cost of dental veneers and get trouble free, natural looking, cosmetically pleasing veneers.
Be careful of getting direct veneers in an effort to save on veneers dental cost. Direct veneers are not the same as porcelain veneers; direct veneers have a plastic component. The advantage is they are completed in one visit and they are inexpensive. The disadvantages of having direct veneers are that they chip, stain, and break; they last only 1/10th the time porcelain veneers do. The plastic is not strong enough to control the main components of a cosmetically pleasing smile. I do not recommend direct veneers for adults, although they are great for teens and younger. Direct veneers are the same as bonding; some use the term “direct veneers” to infer that they are getting porcelain veneers for a great price.
Pressable veneers are made of porcelain with no plastic. They are the economy model of the two forms of pure porcelain veneers. The advantage is that the dental veneers price are a bit less expensive than the other type of pure porcelain veneer (hand packed porcelain), but there are some serious disadvantages: no color variation within each veneer (they look like a refrigerator door- one color) so they look fake and they tend to pop off (this gives veneers a bad reputation and can be very inconvenient). For technical reasons they have to be thick – meaning your natural teeth need to be permanently ground down so they will not feel bulky. To me it does not make sense to save a couple hundred dollars on dental veneers cost and end up with a cosmetically poor veneer, ground down teeth, or a veneer that pops off from time to time. I would not put press-able veneers on anyone in my family, do not have them myself, and would not put them on any of my patients.
Hand Packed Porcelain Veneers
These are my favorite veneer option. They are strong, they look natural, they don’t pop off, and the dentist usually does not have to grind your precious tooth structure off. Those advantages are worth the few extra hundred dollars. Corporate dental labs tend to not use these types of veneers, because the corporate labs have a hard time training and keeping a technician that can do this delicate technique. This type of veneer requires great skill and artistic ability. The technician who makes my veneers has been working closely with me for over 20 years and we have developed a very reliable & refined product. Our results are excellent and we rarely have to remake something. My porcelain technician is local to my office and we can talk or visit easily to discuss a veneer case, this is a key factor in a good veneer, a doctor and technician who know each other and discuss your case. Good communication for Lumineers falls into this category.
I suggest that adults get a hand packed porcelain veneer, they require less grinding of your natural teeth, don’t pop off and look great. Dental care and dental veneers may not be the best purchase to shop for based on price as the sole consideration.
Cost for Dental Veneers
Cost for Dental Veneers
Thank you so much for seeing me Wednesday afternoon. While I was not able to see Dr. Benson you called me back and offered me antibiotics and pain killers. With taking those I was able to go to school and got an A+ 100% on my test. You showed that you care and that means a lot to me.
I would first of all like to thank you for lovely flowers you sent. I can’t thank you enough for giving me a beautiful smile, I can’t tell you how many compliments I get today! My engagement was last week, I looked amazing in the pictures all because of me new teeth I couldn’t stop smiling in them, you are a great doctor and I hope everyone who wants to correct there smile will come to you, you have done a great job and I will recommend so many people to you.
Thanks again, Fidelline Y.
Being a dentist myself I know who the average dentists are and who is outstanding. You are one of the best dentists in Chicago- and your work on me proves that. My veneers are over 5 years old and still look GREAT! Thank you for balancing my bite with your advanced knowledge in this area. Fixing my broken tooth with a modern crown that will never darhem by the gum was another providence I appreciated. You conservative method with nutraceutecals is way ahead of other dentists in our profession to control gum disease. Keep up the great work!
Dr. Ron S.
P.S.: The porcelain only placed to repair the crack in my upper left 2nd molar feels great. There is absolutely no sensitivity to biting hot or cold.