If you're unhappy with your smile, veneers are a great choice. The wafer-thin, custom-made strips are fitted exactly to your teeth and colouring, giving you a huge boost of confidence and comfort. You can read more about the procedure in our guide to veneers, which answers questions such as: "How does the veneers dental procedure work? Am I eligible for veneers?"
Because veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure, most insurances and the NHS won't cover them. The price of veneers depends on a lot of factors, including the materials used, the technique, the dentist's experience, and the clinic's location.
How much do veneers cost?
The average cost of a porcelain veneer in the US is $1,200 per tooth. But the costs vary wildly and can cost as much as $2,500 per tooth.
In the UK, the average cost of a porcelain veneer is between £400 and £1000.
The cost of composite veneers in both the US and the UK is cheaper. However, composite veneers stain more easily and usually only last for around five years. While porcelain veneers are more of an investment, they also last longer and can appear more natural.
But it is possible to find porcelain veneers at lower prices. Traveling abroad for veneers is an increasingly popular choice for patients living in the US and the UK. Even factoring in the costs of transport and accommodation, traveling for veneers can help you save up to 80% on your treatment.
Popular destinations for veneers
While the cost of veneers is significantly lower abroad, 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.
Here are our recommendations for some of the best countries to visit for dental work. 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.
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 $400, with prices starting from $250 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 in Hungary can be found for as little as $300, but on average you can expect to pay about $380.
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 $280, with an average cost of $340.
Why are veneers so expensive?
The cost of veneers varies depending on a number of factors. Prices are generally given per tooth, so the overall treatment cost will be higher if more veneers are applied to several teeth.
Additional work may be required before the veneer is fitted, which will also raise the price of the procedure. For example, enamel shaving is often required prior to the veneers procedure. Patients may also choose to have temporary veneers installed while the permanent ones are being manufactured, which costs an additional fee.
Composite veneers are the cheapest available, though they are known to be prone to damage and are not as resilient as other materials. They require a great deal of maintenance to prevent them from cracking and staining. They must be polished extremely well to retain natural whiteness, and additional teeth whitening may also be needed. A standard composite veneer will generally last between 5-7 years.
Porcelain is the most popular material, due to their natural appearance, which is almost indistinguishable from natural teeth. The glazing on the surface of the porcelain makes them extremely resistant to stains, and are more suitable for those with advanced levels of discoloration. The added strength of porcelain also makes 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. Though more expensive, porcelain veneers will last much longer: between 7-15 years, with some porcelain veneers lasting as long as 20 years.
Lumineers are increasingly being favored due to their natural appearance. They are translucent also thinner and require less enamel to be removed than porcelain veneers. Like porcelain, Lumineers are extremely durable can last up to 20 years with correct maintenance.
Zirconia veneers are the most resistant to damage, cracking, and chipping, and last upwards of 20 years. They are also more expensive than most veneers, and do not always replicate the natural whiteness of the teeth. Zirconia veneers are most appropriate for patients looking for durability and resilience, as they are able to withstand excessive tooth grinding.
IPS e.max veneers are all-ceramic restorations which closely match the natural color of the teeth. They can also be bonded, which means the application procedure is minimally invasive. Some dental clinics are able to produce and fit IPS e.max veneers on the same day.
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