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.
This MEDIGO guide to veneers is designed to help you make the right choice.
How much do veneers cost abroad?
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.
Spain is one of Europe’s most favored destinations for dental treatment, with clinics across the country boasting state-of-the-art equipment and highly-qualified dental specialists. The cost of veneers in Spain starts from as low as $140. Spain’s popularity can also be attributed to the location of its dental clinics and hospitals. With procedures available in coastal cities like Marbella, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, and Malaga, many patients choose to combine their dental office visits with a beach vacation. Likewise, with veneers available at clinics in Madrid and Barcelona, there is also the chance to squeeze in a weekend city break between procedures.
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.
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, Bukfurdo and Szekesfehervar.
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.
Veneers in Poland can be found from as little as $53, with thousands of patients from Poland’s many neighboring nations taking advantage of its dental treatment each year. Poland is home to a number of specialist dental clinics across the country in cities such as Warsaw, Krakow, and Szczecin.
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.
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.