One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options we offer is porcelain veneers. This treatment can correct a large number of aesthetic issues with the teeth, and can last for decades with the right care. However, some people are initially intimidated by the upfront costs required. Porcelain veneers are not typically covered by insurance, so they do require an investment.
The cost of porcelain veneers will vary depending on your unique circumstances, so we recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Craig Carlson to discuss a treatment plan and financing options. Call 210-494-3511 today to schedule your porcelain veneers consultation in our San Antonio office.
What Determines the Cost of Porcelain Veneers?
The total cost of your porcelain veneers procedure will be determined by different factors, including:
- How many veneers you need
- The complexity of your veneers placement
- Whether you need other dental care in addition to the veneers
Generally, a person who only needs one or two veneers will pay less than someone who needs six or eight. How many veneers are best for your case will be determined during your consultation. In addition, you cannot have veneers placed if you have tooth decay or significant gum disease. These problems will need to be treated before veneer placement, which may add to your total cost.
Porcelain veneers are also often a key component of a full smile makeover. If you opt to correct your entire smile using a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, the cost will naturally be higher than if you were to opt for only one type of treatment. Most patients find the cost of a smile makeover to be well worth it, though.
Are Porcelain Veneers Worth the Cost?
Almost all patients who have porcelain veneers placed find that it is well worth the cost. As long as you are a good candidate for this procedure, your veneers should vastly improve your smile and last for years. It is up to you to practice great oral hygiene and make sure you visit Dr. Carlson every six months in order to get the best longevity out of your veneers, though.
The main reasons a porcelain veneer may fall off or become damaged are:
- Decay under the veneer
- Bite problems
- Tooth grinding
- Trauma to the mouth
Good oral hygiene is essential in order to prevent decay in your natural tooth underneath the veneer. If you get a cavity or infection, this can cause your veneer to loosen and fall off.
Tooth grinding and bite problems are also problems for veneers. Tooth grinding damages both natural teeth and veneers, so if you chronically grind your teeth you may not be a candidate for veneers. In some cases, a night guard can be worn to prevent grinding and allow veneers to be placed. Talk to Dr. Carlson about your options.
Finally, sometimes no matter how well you take care of your teeth, accidents happen. You may trip and fall, be in a bicycle or car accident, be hit in the mouth with a baseball or other object, or otherwise sustain damage to your teeth that is not your fault.
If your veneers are damaged by something outside of your control within 5 years of placement, Dr. Carlson will replace them free of charge.
Financing Options for Porcelain Veneers
Dr. Carlson recognizes that porcelain veneers can be a large upfront investment. In order to help all of his patients who may benefit from this treatment, he offers dental financing plans to spread the cost out over a number of months or years. The plans he offers are:
- Lending Club
These are commonly used financing companies that offer 0% or low APR plans tailored to your budgetary needs. Our team will be happy to walk you through your options during your consultation.
Schedule Your Porcelain Veneers Consultation
If you are interested in porcelain veneers, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Carlson at 210-494-3511 today to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and other nearby areas of Texas.