Getting veneers is one of the best ways to fix dental issues, such as chips, cracks, discoloration, minor misalignment, and gaps between teeth. They are a better option than crowns, and the veneers cost might be a good financial option as well.
The Cost Of Dental Veneers
There isn’t one simple answer to the question of how much dental veneers cost in UK. This is because a number of factors play a role in Veneers cost. These include:
1. Number of veneers needed
The price for a veneer is usually quoted per tooth, and the cost of the procedure will depend on the number of teeth that need to be covered with veneers. The more dental veneers you have placed, the more money you’re going to pay. If you are having veneers put on just a few of your front teeth, then you don’t need to break the bank. But even if you’re on a tight budget don’t make a mistake of getting just one single veneer as it can be very difficult to match it with the neighbouring natural teeth.
2. The amount of tooth preparation required
While some patients may undergo the procedure straight away, many need to have their teeth and mouth prepared for the veneers. The amount of initial work required will impact on the total cost of the treatment. That means the cost may vary from person to person.
3. Type of material used to fabricate the veneers
The material and style of veneer also play a role in the veneer cost. Veneers are roughly categorised into four: non-prep veneers, conventional veneers, Lumineers, and E-Max 3D crowns. Conventional veneers are usually handcrafted from dental porcelain. The higher the quality of the porcelain material, the higher its price is.
It’s also possible to get dental veneers made from a glass-like material, which is cast in one piece rather than being built up layer-by-layer (like in conventional veneers). These high-tech veneers tend to be stronger, but they may not be the best when it comes to aesthetics.
Another style of veneers is those that are machined out of a high-quality ceramic block, using CAD/CAM technology or specifically Cerec machine. The cost of veneers made by Cerec technology tend to be lower compared to the handcrafted options.
In addition, some dentist may utilize composite resin material to do teeth bonding and veneer placement. Composite veneers are normally built up directly on your tooth, with the veneer able to be bonded and moulded to the front of the teeth. They are typically cheaper than those made from porcelain, but they are prone to staining and may not last as long.
4. How and where the veneers are fabricated
The laboratory or ceramist that is fabricating the dental veneers will affect the cost. In most cases, this is usually the biggest factor that affects veneer prices.
As you might expect, highly skilled and experienced laboratories charge more for the fabrication job, since their technicians are able to produce high-quality, natural-looking and very strong veneers. Of course, they require top notch materials to do this – which goes to show how these factors are interlinked.
So if you want good quality veneers, be prepared to fork out more.
5. The specific dentist
Your dentist will charge for his time, and typically there’s not a uniform charge for dental procedures like placement of veneers. So here, things like their reputation, experience and specialty will play a big role in determining their price.
The price charged by a dentist is often linked to where his/her practice is located.
A dentist in London will have higher expenses for his practice than the one in a small town like Burford. So his overall charges for treatment will be higher.
Veneers Cost In UK (Without Insurance)
If you have a clinical need for dental veneers (and not purely for cosmetic purposes), you may get treatment from the NHS. The NHS usually charges about £200 for the procedure. But, before you get treatment, you may need to prove that you have a medical issue that necessitates veneers and your need for them is not just for enhancing smile.
Here’s an overview of average prices per tooth:
Veneer Type Average Prices
Porcelain Veneers / non-prep veneers £511
Composite veneers £225
Lumineers Cerinate £781
E-max crowns £568
These are just average prices and as mentioned earlier the price can vary greatly from one dentist to another. On the lower end of the spectrum, prices of standard, non-brand veneers can be as low as £250; while those on the high-end market can reach up to £2000 per tooth. Cosmetic dentistry specialists are usually the most expensive, especially if the veneers are accompanied by other procedures or extensive prep work. Some of the procedures and services that are often bundled together with veneers include: stain blasting, tooth contouring, gum sculpting and smile makeovers. These services can set you back anywhere from £100 to £250 per procedure.
Costs Associated With Consultation And Treatment Planning
Like any other dental procedure, the process of getting veneers starts with a consultation. Dentists usually charge a consultation fee for your first visit. This can range anywhere from £50 to £75.
During the consultation, your dentist will examine all areas of your mouth and teeth to determine if you are a candidate for veneers. He or she will discuss all treatment options that are available to you and try to understand your objectives. And because veneers involving tooth preparation or drilling is irreversible, your dentist will help you explore other alternatives that may offer the same results but without the need for removal of tooth structure. If you and your dental professional decide that veneers are the way to go, he/she will go ahead and start preparing your teeth for the procedure.
Additional Costs Associated With The Procedure Itself
The procedure starts with a detailed examination and preparation of the teeth. Your teeth will be thoroughly checked to ensure that there are no issues that could bring about complications or interfere with the procedure. If there are dental problems that need to be resolved first, then the cost may escalate.
But if there are no issues, your dentist will go straight into tooth preparation – which involves trimming away of the tooth in order to provide space for the veneer. To ensure you remain relaxed and comfortable during tooth preparation, your dentist will administer a local anaesthetic and use other amenities like audio/visual distractions.
Once the trimming away of the tooth has been completed, your dental professional will take impressions of your teeth and their surrounding teeth and gums. These impressions will be used to fabricate your veneers. They may be sent to a lab, which makes the veneers; or the dentist may fabricate the veneers right there in their office (if they have CAD/CAM technology. While at it, your dentist will ensure that the colour of porcelain used matches your natural teeth.
In those cases where your veneers will be made by a dental lab, you may need to wear a temporary veneer as you wait for them to be fabricated. Some dentists may charge extra for availing temporary veneers and you’ll need to check if there are charges for this before commencing with treatment.
Once the veneers are fabricated, your dentist will place them on your teeth while keeping in mind proper fit, shape and colour.
The procedure is completed in two dental visits over the course of two weeks.
Costs Associated With Recovery And Post-Procedure Care
Dental veneers tend to be quite durable and they can last for many years before they need to be replaced. But, you’ll still have to see your dentist for regular exams and cleanings needed to ensure their longevity and the health of your mouth. This of course will cost, but not more than you usually use for your regular dental visits.
Aside from maintenance costs, porcelain veneers may chip, crack or suffer a fracture. When this happens, you’ll need to see your dentist so he/she can have a look at them and do the necessary restorations. Your dentist can advise you on the costs associated with replacing a damaged veneer.
Ways To Lower Your Veneers Cost
With veneers, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. That means you can’t expect to get top quality veneers on the cheap. Nonetheless, there are some steps you can take to keep the cost of your procedure reasonable.
- Look beyond your city centre location: Start by looking for a highly qualified dentist who operates from outside your city (if you live in a big city). The prices of dental veneers at dental offices located outside city centre locations will always be lower, and you can take advantage of this to get affordable treatment.
- Take advantage of any available discounts: As indicated earlier, prices for veneers are usually quoted on a per tooth basis. But, if you need multiple veneers installed at once the price-per-tooth will often come down – just like buying in bulk. Many dentists are often willing to offer discounts to those having several veneers placed at once and you could as for your bulk discount. Remember this will vary from clinic to clinic, and you need to check first and ask about any savings that you could realize by having several placed at once.