Veneers have become increasingly popular in recent years, as aesthetic standards and expectations lead many to search for a whiter, healthier, and more-rounded smile. With the cost of veneers not usually covered by dental insurance, prices for the procedure can vary dramatically. Likewise, patients have a range of veneers to choose from based on their wishes and requirements, with each type of veneer varying in cost. With so many options available, the choice of where to go and which veneers to have can be confusing. Veneers tend to cost a bit more than other restoratives as they are custom-made to fit the individual preferences of the patient.
A veneer is a long-lasting dental treatment, so finding the right clinic and deciding on the most suitable material is essential. This MEDIGO guide to veneers is designed to help you make the right choice.
How much do veneers cost?
The average cost of a porcelain veneer in the United States is around $1,600, and it is unlikely you can find one for less than $1,000. A composite veneer will cost around $900 on average.
In the United Kingdom, the cost of a veneer can be anywhere between £150-400 for composite and £500-1,000 for porcelain. The National Health Service (NHS) may sometimes agree to cover the cost of a veneer, but only if it is medically necessary.
Popular destinations for veneers
Traveling abroad for veneers is an increasingly popular option for those in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom who cannot access affordable treatment at home. The cost of veneers abroad tends to be considerably less, with the standard of treatment remaining just as high. Even factoring the costs associated with transport and accommodation, traveling for veneers can save patients up to 80% on their treatment. While the cost is significantly lower, there is no compromise on quality. In fact, many dental clinics abroad are using advanced materials and techniques which are not yet being used in the US or the UK.
While there are quality dental clinics all around the world, some destinations are more suited to medical travellers from English-speaking nations. These destinations see high volumes of patients from abroad, and as a result the clinics and staff know exactly how to make a trip for veneers as comfortable as possible.
Mexico’s proximity to the United States combined with its competitive prices for dental treatment means that thousands of American patients make the journey south of the border each year. The border towns of Tijuana and Los Algodones are home to quality dental clinics providing veneers, whilst treatment can also be found in the capital Mexico City and beach resorts such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
The average cost of veneers in Mexico is around $351, with prices starting from $149 at some clinics.
With a reputation as a centre of excellence for dentistry, Hungary is visited each year by patients from across the world. The cost of veneers in Hungary is just a fraction of that in the UK, with Hungarian clinics boasting advanced technologies and specialists trained around the world. Veneers can be found in Hungary for as little as $70. Besides the capital Budapest, whose thermal spas and cultural highlights attract nearly 5 million visitors a year, there are many other clinics in towns such as Pec and Bukfurdo.
Veneers in Hungary can be fround for as little as $79, but on average you can expect to pay about $309
Thailand is well-known as a destination for plastic and cosmetic surgery, but it is also home to a number of quality dental clinics. Whether it be in the bustling capital of Bangkok or near the golden sands of Phuket, Thailand’s dental clinics are quickly building a reputation for quality dentistry.
The price of veneers in Thailand starts at around $71, with an average cost of about $190.
Why are veneers so expensive?
The cost of veneers varies depending on a number of factors, most notably the type of veneers and the country in which the procedure is being undertaken. Prices are generally given per tooth, so the overall treatment cost will naturally be higher if more veneers are applied to several teeth. With costs of veneers varying quite dramatically from country to country, it pays to make a bit of extra effort in researching and comparing clinics. Additional work may be required before the veneer is fitted, which will also push the price of the procedure up. Enamel shaving, for example, is often required prior to the veneers procedure. Patients may also choose to have temporary veneers installed whilst the permanent ones are being manufactured, which entails an additional fee.
In general, veneers are far more affordable outside the United States. The average cost of a porcelain veneer in the United States is around $1,600, with the lowest possible price being in the region of $900. The price of porcelain veneers fluctuates from state to state, whilst other factors such dental insurance coverage will also dictate how easy it is to find affordable veneers. Many insurance packages will not cover cosmetic procedures, with veneers considered to be a non-essential procedure.
It is a similar story in the United Kingdom, where veneers can only be obtained on the NHS if the patient can prove that they are clinically necessary. At a private dental clinic, patients can be expected to pay a minimum of £300 ($436) for a non-branded veneer and as much as £2,000 ($2,911) with a specialist cosmetic dentist.
Composite veneers are the cheapest available, though they are known to be prone to damage and are not as resilient as other materials. An average composite veneers in the United States will cost around $350. Made from a plastic resin, composite veneers require a great deal of maintenance in order to prevent them from cracking and staining. They must be polished extremely well to retain natural whiteness, whilst additional teeth whitening may also be needed. On the other hand, composite veneers require less tooth enamel to be removed than other forms of veneer and are therefore often preferred over porcelain. The porous nature of composite veneers makes them prone to staining. A standard composite veneer will generally last between 5-7 years.
Porcelain is the most commonly-used material, with a porcelain veneer in the USA costing between $500-1,000. Porcelain veneers are popular due to their natural appearance, which is almost indistinguishable from natural teeth. Staining is also less of a problem with porcelain veneers, with the glazing on the surface of the porcelain making them extremely resistant to stains. Porcelain veneers are therefore more suitable for those with more advanced levels of discoloration. The added strength of porcelain also make them far less likely to crack or chip. One disadvantage of porcelain veneers is the additional tooth enamel which must be removed prior to the veneer being fitted, whilst the cost of porcelain veneers is significantly higher than composite. Though more expensive, porcelain veneers will last much longer: between 7-15 years, with some porcelain veneers lasting as long as 20 years.
Lumineers, however, are increasingly being favored over traditional porcelain veneers due to their more natural appearance and the fact that they are thinner and require a smaller amount of enamel to be removed. Lumineers are slightly more expensive than porcelain, costing around $700-1,200 per tooth. Lumineers are translucent, which allows them to replicate natural teeth. With a thickness of around 0.2mm, Lumineers are much thinner than many other types of veneer and therefore require far less tooth removal. Like porcelain, Lumineers are extremely durable can last up to 20 years with correct maintenance.
One of the most expensive forms of veneer is zirconia, which in the US will cost around $1,000 per tooth. Zirconia veneers are considered to be the most resistant to damage, cracking, and chipping. Zirconia's superior strength means that they last upwards of 20 years. Aesthetically, however, the opaqueness of zirconia veneers mean that they do not always replicate the natural whiteness of the teeth and are often described as having a 'chalky' appearance. Zirconia veneers are most appropriate for patients looking for durability and resilience, with zirconia able to withstand excessive tooth grinding.
A snap-on-smile is able to place veneers on a whole upper or lower row of teeth, and will cost in the region of $3,000. The snap-on-smile is fabricated using a mixture of dental resins, which provide a restorative which is both strong and natural-looking. Suitable for patients who are not candidates for bridges or implants, a snap-on-smile fits directly over the existing teeth and can be both temporary and permanent. Unlike other restorative dentistry procedures, a snap-on-smile does not require any discomforting, invasive dental work. Snap-on-smiles may also be suitable for those with partial dentures who desire a strong and more natural alternative.
IPS e.max veneers are all-ceramic restorations which can closely match the natural color of the teeth. A typical IPS e.max veneer in the US will cost around $750. Both strong and aesthetically natural, IPS e.max veneers are becoming increasingly popular. IPS e.max veneers can also be bonded, which means the application procedure is minimally-invasive. Some dental clinics are able to fabricate and fit IPS e.max veneers on the same day.
An IPS Empress veneer is a press-glassed ceramic which is considered to be one of the most aesthetic restoratives on the market. They are recommended for staining and discoloration, though are not suitable for those with bruxism and teeth grinding problems. The excellent translucency of IPS empress veneers means they can reproduce the tooth's natural whiteness almost perfectly. IPS Empress Veneers are also able to replace existing metal fillings.
What are veneers and when do I need them?
Veneers are cosmetic dental enhancements which cover the surface of the tooth in order to correct a range of issues such as discoloration and cracked teeth. Made from a range of materials which are designed and crafted to resemble the natural appearance of the surrounding teeth, veneers are extremely popular in modern cosmetic dentistry. Advances in technology have resulted in veneers which are able to reflect light in the same way as natural dental enamel, whilst imaging systems allow veneers to match almost perfectly to the shape and color of the natural teeth. For optimal results, veneers can be used alongside dental crown and other restorative procedures such as implants.
- Cracks and chips
- Discolored or severely stained surface
- Gaps between teeth
Likewise, there are a number of preconditions that patients must meet in order to proceed with veneers. Patients must:
- Have a reasonable idea of their cosmetic expectations
- Have good overall dental and oral health
- Have an adequate layer of healthy enamel
- Be willing to maintain a good oral hygiene routine
Veneers are not suitable for people who already have extensive tooth decay or gum disease, or who suffer from infection in the root canal. The veneer procedure can only be successfully performed once these underlying issues have been addressed, usually with a root canal procedure to rid the gums and tissue of all infection. In addition, though veneers are generally very durable, they can be compromised by excessive grinding and jaw clenching, which means that people with bruxism (habitual teeth grinding) are not suitable candidates.
Choosing the right clinic
There is no set formula for deciding which dental clinic is the right one for veneers. Price is an important factor but there are many other things to consider, such as reviews from previous patients and the qualifications of the dentists. Dental clinics with their own dental laboratory will usually be able to manufacture porcelain veneers quicker and therefore cut down on the time needed between office visits.
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Are you looking for cheap dental implants? What are the best ways to explore to make those implants affordable with your limited budget? We know dental implants are the most durable and natural-looking teeth replacement solutions among the many options available to replace lost teeth. They certainly are the most sought after alternatives in modern dentistry.
However, not everyone can afford the procedure because the cost for dental implants can reach several thousand dollars, even for a single tooth implant and you probably have also other important expenses in your to-pay list .
Please also keep in mind, cost is definitely important, but make sure the dentist or surgeon is experienced and trustworthy. Your teeth and your health are priceless.
So, how can you get that much-needed dental implant without breaking the bank, so to speak?
Here are some alternatives to explore:
Use the know – it – all trick and the 2 resources you will need
To get affordable dental implants, the first basic way is to learn as much as you can about this topic. I know it can sound pretty obvious, but keep reading, as it is not as simple as you think.
Most people do tend to rely too much on their dental expert and take for granted their words without some questioning, which somehow encourages dentists to use their “authority” to charge higher fees.
Of course, I don’t say you should not believe or trust him (or her), but remember your interest is not always aligned with your dentist interest, which is earning as much money as possible sometimes without your health in mind… (Ok that is probably the worst case scenario)
Luckily, most dentists are ethical professionals who might charge higher fees for many reasons but wouldn’t dare to get sued or get a bad reputation for malpractice.
So when meeting your dentist, if you know your topic enough, and kind of “show” you can’t be fooled easily like a newbie, (this is what I call the know – it – all trick), chances are this dental expert won’t be tempted to quote you outrageous prices.
Remember knowledge is power….
How to get clear and unbiased information on dental implants? Use our 2 resources. Simply read our super clear 101 guide to understand what dental implants are, the surgical procedure, the risks and benefits.
Once you know pretty well your topic, you need to take a look at our complete consumer guide on dental implant cost, which will give you everything you need to know about average dental implant cost per tooth and for full mouth, the 6 factors that influence the cost, insurance coverage.
Be a cheap dental implants detective with our free step-by-step guide
If you really want affordable dental implants, you need to roll your sleeves up and go to hunt those more affordable solutions. It will need a little work but at the end of the day, it will be worth it.
Every dentist has specific implant costs that can vary a lot from one dental implant center to another. So to find the cheapest solutions, you can’t possibly just get one quotation.
You will need to visit (check if the consultation is free or not) or contact several dentists and dental implant experts to get their prices for you situation. Of course depending on your budget, you will have to increase the number of dentists to visit or to contact. The lower your budget, the more dentists you need to check to increase your odds to find low cost dental implants.
Yet, it can be pretty daunting to contact all those professionals without being organized. You can easily lose track.
So to avoid being overwhelmed and be lost by all the information, be methodical and create what we call a “Dental implant hunt document “, it is mainly a quotation chart, which will serve to keep note of all your comments and prices in one place. So you can better compare them at the end.
OK ready to dive in? Follow our action list step by step:
- Make a list of the dentists, dental implant centers, dental clinics to contact (not to visit at this stage): you can type “dental implant dentist” in google for example to list down all the dental professionals in your city. Note down the ones you want, the more, the better of course, but it will depend on your time, your motivation and the number of dental implant specialist in your area.
- Find 2-3 clinics, which offer FREE consultation, this is very important. As these free consultations will serve you to list down exactly what procedures you need for your specific case and get your starting point for comparison. I really insist on finding at least 2-3 clinics so to be sure you get valid dental recommendations and advice. If you only have one clinic, it will be hard to be sure you have not been fooled.
- Contact these 3 clinics and set up an appointment as quickly as possible.
- Before any appointment, read our 2 articles here and here; it won’t take you more than a few minutes. And you will then be a dental implant expert. Nah, we are kidding, but you will know enough to know what is cheap or not, and know what important questions to ask
- Visit each dental clinic and note down prices, materials, options they do recommend for your dental problem. Check you have similar advice and recommended procedures for your case from all 3 dental implant centers. If those 3 clinics recommend different procedures, then you will have to find another one free consultation clinic to confirm which option is for you.
- Now you are ready to create you own dental implant hunt document. You will list down all the procedures involved for your situation (you know them now, thanks to these free consultations) Your document could look like the example below.
|Date : 10/2/14||Name||Address||Phone||Website|
|Dental clinic||clinic A||D street||0123||example.com||[email protected]|
|Dentist / Clinic impression||Dentist arrogant and acting high and mighty, but seems to be very skilled|
|Before afters||nice before and afters, but a bit looking too fake for some pics, will need to be clear about looking natural|
|Procedure||Price||Materials / Comments|
|Implant for 1 tooth/ 2 teeth/ full mouth|
- What to do with this document? You now know exactly what you need for your dental implants, so you can ask very specific questions to any dental centers of your original list without consultation (especially if they are not free). Call them or check their website. They often have a page where you can send them your enquiry. Ask them by email to give you their range cost for the specific procedure you need (again, you know what you need so you can be very specific and avoid wasting time) Of course, feel free to take advantage of other free consultations if you find more of them.
- As you go along and contact each dental implant center or clinic, note down the prices for each element and any useful comments about material used, your overall impression of the dentist if you can meet him. The key idea is to be really organized to keep track of the various prices you will gather, as you can easily forget what is what….They would sometimes give you all-inclusive prices, so be sure to note it down clearly.
- If you contact some dentists through their website, remember also to note down every clinic you contacted through their contact page to make sure you don’t end up contacting the same clinic several times. Believe me I did it several times…. I learnt my lesson…
- At the end, you will end up with several quotations from maybe 10 -15 dental centers. You can compare them through several criteria, take a better decision and possibly find the cheapest dental implants.
Please note you could have only checked free consultation clinics but from our experience, we know that clinics, which offer free consultations, are not always the cheapest ones as they somehow charge higher fees for their services to offset this free consultation. Yet, they can help you in your quest for cheap dental implants
Be a little more adventurous
You probably checked the dental clinics in your city or town, but you will probably have to check other towns close to your area of residence. You can set a limit as to how far you might want to go.
It would be interesting to look for implant experts in less crowded cities close to your home, as prices tend to be lower and more interesting.
I am sure you won’t mind driving for four hours, if you can save a thousand bucks or two, then it is still worth a try. You could also take a bus, or a plan ticket; the additional cost would certainly be lower than the price difference.
In one research done for this article, we found a dental expert in Ohio offering dental implant for about $4,000 to $5,000 while another one located in California offers the same service at $9,000. Even with travel cost included, the $4000+ difference in prices is still a bargain.
Group discount with a dash of creativity
If you have made up you mind and know which dental clinic you want for your dental implants, then there is an easy way to get cheaper prices.
Try to find among your family, or friends other people who are also looking for affordable dental implants, so you could go together and get substantial discount as a group.
It would certainly be worth trying for financial reason but also for emotional support. Even though the dental procedure is a “simple” procedure, going together with friends and family can be a pretty nice journey to do and certainly more fun than doing it alone… You can support each other and make this whole process way less stressing.
Before contacting your family or friends, I advise you to contact the dental implant center of your choice, and ask them how much discount they would be willing to give you for a group. You will need to secure this deal by requiring precise numbers in written form: nothing too formal but at least how many patients, the price ….
If you can’t find any other potential patients among your family and friends, then you could certainly try local organizations, clubs. Be creative, don’t be shy. There are certainly people out there who also need discount dental implants just like you. Let other people know what you want and you might come across other people who were also interested in having implants but could not afford the cost.
With potential discounts, that could help you and them. What a perfect win win situation even for the dentist!
Can you contact your local radio? I know it may sound far fetched but hey, who knows, local radios are always willing to help the local community, and this is great opportunity for them to do so…
Don’t stop there. What about the social media? Facebook, twitter are certainly the best way to find the lucky patients of your dental group, send messages to your digital friends, ask them to help you forward your message indicating you are looking for people around your area who may consider getting affordable implants, explain your reason and why you are doing this as you obviously don’t want people to think it is disguised advertising…
You could also share this article and add your message as well 😉 , chances are you will find those extra people, find new friends in the process, help others in other areas, and help us as the same time. Haha. Anyway, if you do share it, thank you in advance, if you don’t, it is ok, we are already happy you spend some time reading it.
Ok let’s keep on checking other alternatives to find inexpensive dental implants.
Be a guinea pig
Not literally of course, but did you know you could approach dental schools in your area and ask them if they have a dental implant program for new dentists?
These young graduates need to get their hands on anyone’s tooth just to gain the experience they need to charge very high professional fees in the future. Don’t worry, they are always guided and supervised by a senior dentist… and must usually pass several assessment tests way before “touching” any patient teeth….
If you are able to get yourself in the waiting list, then you are in luck. But more often than not, these schools offer dental implant service to people who have low-income. If you can make a case for yourself, then you’re in with low cost dental implants.
Of course, there are also charitable institutions and dental societies that perform dental implants for free or at very low prices.
Again, the preferred patients are those who are financially limited. If you belong to a certain demographic group like persons with disabilities, veterans, and the likes, check your local organizations or associations and see if they offer dental implant services.
Have a look at the American Dental Association website that lists both state dental associations in its directory.
Most people often forget the many benefits they are entitled to, and proposed by their local organizations which aim to help and enable a wider access to health services. So give it a try.
Chunking one big task down into achievable steps
If you know that you have a good credit rating, you may want to look for financing companies that cover dental implants. It is the possibility of achieving one too big a goal with multiple achievable steps.
That is the case of Care credit, that helps you finance health, beauty and dental expenses by giving you the possibility of paying for the procedures immediately.
In exchange of getting the total amount required for your dental implants, you will pay several small installment (usually monthly payments), which is definitely easier for most of us.
There will certainly be some fees and interests that you need to pay, but the good thing is you don’t need to wait any longer to get access to the teeth implants you need for your confidence and dental health.
If necessary, you can also probably also check if you can lend some money from your family and friends but please keep in mind, you need to be careful and be really sure you can pay them back. Don’t ruin these precious relationships.
Be a member and get exclusive discounts on dental implants
Did you know you could get discount dental implants by being a member of dental plans? What are those dental plans? They function like a membership with you paying monthly or yearly fees.
In return, you get access to very interesting reduced rates ranging from 10 to 60% on your dental implants.
Depending on your needs and more importantly your budget, you can choose from more than 40 dental plans ranging from $80 per year to $ 300 per year, which offer savings on dental implants but not only, they can cover dental checkups, braces, x rays….almost anything related to dental care.
The advantage over traditional dental insurance is you don’t really have paperwork… (Ok I am little biased, I hate paperwork like most of you, it drives me crazy. Don’t you think things could be so much easier?….)
The drawback is that you will only work with the dentists or dental service providers affiliated with the dental plans but frankly, with over 100 000 participating dentists nationwide, I think you can probably find your ideal dental expert. Check the different dental plans available for affordable implants here
Dental tourism: get even more adventurous
Dental tourism is a viable alternative when seeking cheap implants that can even be as low as half price dental implants.
Every year, about 400 000 Americans do travel abroad for dental care. This is a trend that keeps growing. So you won’t be the only one if you decide to find inexpensive dental implants outside the American borders.
Many countries, especially in Asia, Central and South America do provide dental implant services at a cost less than half of that in the US, UK, and other advanced nations.
In a cost comparison made among dental clinics in seven countries in Asia based on their dental implant advertisement, India has the cheapest dental implants with a cost a little above $600, while Singapore offers dental implants at a cost close to $4,000.
For some of you, that would be a great way to combine low cost dental implants and vacation, which is why dental tourism is so popular. We frankly think it can be pretty interesting as many patients chose to go abroad to get those low cost dental implants and were very satisfied. There are great dentists everywhere…. We heard good reviews for Mexico, Uk, Philippines, Costa Rica, and Hungary in Europe or South – Korea in Asia. Many offers are available.
Keep in mind you may get cheap teeth implants, but you need to take into account the language issue and several additional expenses like the flight tickets, the accommodation and what you will pay to eat delicious foreign food.
So weigh the pros and cons, add up every expense to check if it is worth it for you and your teeth situation.
Seek Other Alternatives
If all the previous alternatives are not available for you, then you may consider getting other forms of dental treatment that are less costly like a bridge, that would use the 2 surrounding teeth as support.
It would mean grinding and shaping those teeth so to fit dental crowns, which would serve as support for the replacement teeth in between.
It would be less expensive for sure, and could last an average of 15 years or so. But the main drawback is that the bone right under the replacement tooth would atrophy slowly with time, which could eventually affect the 2 surrounding teeth. It would mean new dental expenses that could easily be even higher than the cost of a single dental implant. So if possible try to find cheap implants, as according to most dentists, dental implants are certainly the best way to keep healthy teeth and healthy bone in the long run.