Your smile makes an impression—face-to-face and online. Porcelain veneers are a fast path to correcting tooth shape, improving color, closing spaces, and concealing mild alignment issues. But how much can you expect to pay per tooth?
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost Per Tooth?
The average cost of one porcelain veneer in the United States is $2,000 – $5,000. Prices vary depending on several factors, including:
- Where you live in the country
- The type of veneers you receive
- Your dentist’s fees
Are Porcelain Veneers Worth It?
High-quality porcelain veneers are worth it because they are an investment in a natural-looking, long-term solution for your smile. Some factors that can affect the cost of veneers include:
- They can revive your smile in two or three visits.
- High-quality porcelain mimics the translucency, characteristics, and gloss of natural teeth.
- Advanced cosmetic dentists work with a master ceramist who handcrafts and layers porcelain with precision.
- They outlast other types of cosmetic dentistry, including dental bonding and crowns.
Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?
Porcelain veneers are not permanent because they do not last forever. But high-quality veneers can last for decades if you take good care of them. So instead of looking for the cheapest place to get porcelain veneers, consider paying more for high-quality veneers that will last.
How Long Will Your Veneers Last?
How long your porcelain veneers last depends on the quality of materials and the skill of your dentist. If you select a high-end dentist that works with expert ceramists, your veneers will last longer than cheaper options.
Benefits of paying more for veneers
- Highly durable
- Stain resistant
- Long-lasting naturalness and color
How Can You Help Your Veneers Last?
The cost of porcelain veneers per tooth shows that you should care for them well to help them last. What can you do to prolong the lifespan of your veneers?
- Floss daily and brush at least twice daily.
- Avoid using mouthwash that contains alcohol.
- Wear a custom mouth guard at night if you grind your teeth.
- Schedule routine dental visits with a cosmetic dentist.
Will a Dentist Grind Down Your Teeth for Veneers?
Whether a dentist grinds down your teeth for porcelain veneers depends on the dentist you choose. Advanced cosmetic dentists practice conservative tooth preparation. They recognize that minimal preparation is healthy for your teeth and helps your veneers last longer. The 2019 International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry published the article Tooth preparation for ceramic veneers: when less is more. The article confirms that conservative tooth preparation “means more adhesion and clinical longevity“for porcelain veneers.
For details on tooth preparation for porcelain veneers, read out post, Do Porcelain Veneers Ruin Your Teeth?
Porcelain veneers can cost $2,000 – $5,000 per tooth. But selecting an advanced cosmetic dentist who uses high-end materials and conservative preparation can help your veneers last for decades. And your diligent at-home care makes a difference, too.
Dr. Brian LeSage of Beverly Hills is an accredited Fellow of cosmetic dentistry and international lecturer. If you live in the Beverly Hills area, schedule a porcelain veneers consultation with Dr. LeSage.