Veneers are responsible for boosting the confidence of people around the world. This cosmetic dental procedure improves the look of your smile and provides various benefits. They continue to grow in popularity and are becoming more and more common for Canadians. For this reason, many people wonder how much veneers cost in Canada.
If you’re thinking about getting dental veneers and want to know the cost, you’ll find your answer here. This article explains everything you need to know about tooth veneers to help you decide if they’re the right choice for you.
If you aren’t sure what dental veneers are, let’s start by explaining what this treatment involves.
Simply put, veneers are thin shells that are the colour of your teeth. These shells are attached to the front surface of your teeth to improve the overall appearance of your smile.
Porcelain dental veneers are the most common, but they are occasionally made from other materials, such as composite resin veneers. No matter what material they’re made of, these shells become permanently bonded to your teeth.
You can get one dental veneer to correct a single tooth, but it’s most common to get veneers on all of your top front teeth. This ensures an even look throughout your mouth for an illuminating smile.
Although veneers are purely cosmetic, they’re a great option to treat different aesthetic issues you may have with your teeth, including:
- Chipped or uneven tooth
- Damaged tooth
- Inconsistent sizing
However, if you have serious health issues with your teeth, such as cavities on rotting material, you may need to fix those problems before being able to get veneers. These treatments could include tooth extraction, root canal treatment, or gum disease treatment.
Similarly, if you’re missing too much tooth enamel or a significant portion of your tooth is missing, your dentist may discourage a traditional veneer and suggest you get a dental crown or a dental implant instead. Rather than improve the appearance of your teeth, crowns and implants improve the overall function of your teeth.
The process of getting porcelain veneers can be a long one. First, the natural tooth structure is usually ground down for regular veneers – sometimes past the tooth enamel, but not always – to ensure that the shell can be properly placed on the tooth.
At the same time, it’s important to note that this part of the process is irreversible as the enamel is removed, which is why you should be sure that you want a permanent veneer before beginning. Depending on your dentist, it can also be painful, and you may require anesthesia.
Once your teeth are shaped and buffed, your dentist will make a mould of your teeth. Your dentist will also work with you to determine the most natural shape and shade for your veneers. At the end of the first appointment, you usually get a temporary veneer, and your dentist will schedule a second one to install your permanent veneer, typically a week or two later.
Once your veneers are ready, you’ll come for your second appointment, and your dentist will place your veneers on your teeth. They’ll use a special bonding cement and light to bond and harden the dental veneer to your teeth to ensure permanence. From there, you’re ready to leave with your new smile and confidence!
If you don’t like the idea of grinding your teeth, there’s also a “no-prep” option for veneers that requires less prep for your teeth. Instead, your enamel stays intact for the placement of the veneers.
Now that you know the process of getting veneers, let’s talk about how much money is involved.
As with any dental procedure – especially a cosmetic one – veneers are somewhat pricey. Depending on where you live in Canada, a single porcelain veneer can cost anywhere from $500 to $2000. A full row can cost upwards of $16,000. Composite resin veneers are typically cheaper but will still cost a significant amount.
The main drawback of the cost of veneers is that dental insurance doesn’t usually cover them as getting veneers is a cosmetic procedure. So unlike other dental procedures, there’s a strong chance that you have to cover the entirety of the cost of veneers out of pocket.
That said, you have to think of veneers as an investment. If you take care of your veneers through regular checkups, proper dental hygiene, and avoid injury and accidents, your veneers should last over a decade. Remember that beneath your veneers are your natural teeth, which are still prone to cavities and tooth decay.
Here’s a pro tip: Avoid biting into anything extremely hard, such as ice cubes, to prevent your veneers from chipping.
For some, this longevity makes veneers a worthy investment in their smile and confidence, despite the somewhat hefty price tag.
Veneers are a worthy investment if you want to refine your smile and boost your confidence. What’s more is that, since they last a long time, you’re bound to get your money’s worth and then some if you feel satisfied with your smile.
To learn more about your options when it comes to veneers, contact our office today.