Lumineers and veneers – which are more costly?

Dental veneers are some kind of shells covering your teeth in order to hide any imperfections (stains, chips etc.). Lumineers are just a brand of veneers. If you are interested in getting this type of dental service contact your dentist so as to check whether you can be qualified for this. The procedure is simple – before you get the veneers, your dentist will probably want to check the overall appearance of your teeth so as to decide whether you can have the Lumineers and how many teeth need the cover.

In this article we provide some general information to help you gain an overall insight into the topic.

What is the difference?

The traditional veneers are thicker and more difficult to put on a tooth than Lumineers, which is the main reason why clients prefer the second ones. Lumineers are usually 0.3 mm, veneers 0.5 mm. On the other hand, in the case of intensively stained teeth Lumineers cannot provide enough cover since they are too thin. There is yet another disadvantage of Lumineers – they cover the direct tooth surface and make your teeth thicker. This may cause problems with cleaning gums properly and bring some risk of gum diseases. Veneers are placed on the smoothed surface of teeth and this makes them fit better.

How much is it?

The traditional veneers cost $500-$1900 per tooth and the prices of Lumineers start at $800 and the maximum reaches $2,000 per tooth. Why is the range so wide? Just because there are some factors which decide on how much you would have to pay. For example, veneers can be made from various materials, such as porcelain or resin composite materials, which obviously influences the cost. Apart from this, the prices simply depend on the dentist and on the place his/her office is situated. It is also significant whether you decide to have only one or more veneers placed all at once (check discounts). Compare the different offers of different dentists and choose the best for you. Remember to find out whether your dentist has enough experience with dental veneers, since having them placed improperly would mean more visits – and often costs – to fix the problem. Check if you could receive a guarantee for the service and for how long.

As dental veneers are considered cosmetic procedure, they are generally not covered by the dental insurance. To find out whether you can receive this service (sometimes partly) within the insurance contact your insurer.

Additional costs

If you can afford more complex service, you may decide to cover all your visible teeth. If your budget is low, you can cover only the damaged ones. However, you should always take some additional costs into consideration too. For instance, some dentists would like you to come for a follow-up visit after some time to check the effects. Some of such visits can be included in the price and some can generate another cost. In addition to this, remember to find out about guarantee conditions because it can be different in various offices. Ask whether you will be obliged to pay for any necessary replacement or fixing.