Cost of Veneers: Around $1100 per Tooth

dental veneersWhen we asked dentists what they charge for a dental veneer, the average answer was $1,100 for both a traditional porcelain veneer and for a Lumineer.

“Veneers are harder to do correctly from a technical aspect than a ceramic crown,” said one dentist. Agreed another, “I wish I could do them cheaper, but good lab work and planning takes time and money.”

“We do not do many partial veneers, mostly ‘full’ veneers: porcelain fused to zirconia. Actually, we never say ‘crown’ in our prosthodontic practice! Our patients come back and say they ‘just love their new veneers!’ Think about it; crowns are really full veneers,” said a prosthodontist.Cost of veneers

Here’s what else dentists had to say about dental veneers:

  • “I think veneers are as technique sensitive as traditional crowns, and therefore I charge the same amount. I charge more for dental implant crowns.” (California dentist)
  • “Depending upon the number of teeth to be done, I will discount my per-tooth fee.” (Oklahoma dentist)
  • “I charge more for the Lumineers because of the higher lab fee.” (California dentist)
  • “I do not like Lumineers except in certain situations. More marketing than good product.” (Mississippi dentist)
  • “I love the look of Lumineers.” (Wisconsin dental office worker)
  • “We charge the same for Lumineers as porcelain veneers. Lab bills are comparable as well. Patients seem to be more concerned with whether or not you need to cut the teeth than the cost differential.” (Ohio dentist)

Read more: Veneers: A Real Investment in Your Smile

Dental Botox is Big Business These Days (video)

Americans spent $1.9 billion on injectable procedures in 2010. Botox™ is big business these days and some dentists are getting in on the action by offering cosmetic Botox™ for their dental patients.

One dentist told The Wealthy Dentist, “I want to do Botox™. I don’t know why we have not started earlier. Who better to give injections than a dentist? We do it all day long. We have great touch. It is a great add-on to all the cosmetics we do!”

In this TWD survey, we asked dentists if cosmetic dentists should offer non-dental cosmetic treatments, such as Botox™ injections.

Click on Play to hear how dentists responded to this dental survey question –

Dentists Offer Botox in the Dental Office

 

Scottish Dentists Cash in on Cosmetic Craze

It’s a deadly toxin whose paralytic properties make wrinkles disappear instantly, and consumers love it. In Scotland, more and more dentists are cashing in on the popularity of Botox. With each treatment costing hundreds of dollars, the profits are hard to resist. However, some are concerned that dentists aren’t receiving adequate training before offering the injections in their dental practices.

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Dental Museum Honors Cosmetic Dentist

Dental museumMost dentists, particularly those who identify as “aesthetic dentists,” consider themselves artists. And it turns out that some museum curators might not disagree…

Baltimore’s National Museum of Dentistry has just introduced a new exhibition called “The Smile Experience,” offering historical information about how people have altered their smiles.

It also examines the work of cosmetic dentist Dr. Irwin Smigel. Dr. Smigel’s advancements in tooth bonding are often credited with launching cosmetic dentistry into the modern mainstream.

Read more about the museum

Survey: What Questions Do Patients Ask About Dental Implants?

top 5 questions patients ask about implantsWe conducted a survey that asked dentists what questions dental patients ask when considering getting implants. It turns out that there’s a real difference between the questions dental implant patients do ask — and which questions they should be asking.

Dentists responded with the following . . .

The top 5 questions dental patients ask –

  1. How much do dental implants cost?
  2. How long do dental implants last?
  3. Are implants painful?
  4. How long will it take to get my new teeth?
  5. Does dental insurance cover implant surgery?

Versus . . .

The top 5 questions dentists want patients to ask –

  1. Am I a good candidate for implants?
  2. What are the potential complications of dental implant therapy?
  3. How much implant experience does the doctor have?
  4. What is the healing time for my implants?
  5. Can implants improve my appearance?

Many dental implant patients seem to have the same questions about dental implant therapy. Unfortunately, these questions aren’t necessarily the ones dentists think they should be asking.

The 2 main questions patients ask are –

  1. How much do dental implants cost?
  2. Will dental implant surgery be painful?

When dentists feel their very first question should be –

  1. Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

There is really a disconnect between the doctor and patient. This is no surprise, since patients are thinking about how they are going to pay for the implants, and whether the procedure will be painful.

But doctors can’t afford not to address the primary concerns of the patient first: cost and pain.

One dentist wrote, “Long term, when the conditions are favorable, proper bone density, height and width, proper biomechanical considerations, proper occlusal load. A dental implant is more cost effective over a 3 unit bridge. However, when the above conditions are not meet — the 3 unit bridge (with sufficient ferule, impressions taken with custom made tray and properly impressioned, properly articulated, preprosthetic endodontic treatment performed by an endodontist, core-restoration — not in composite) will be more cost effective (for the patient).”

Read more: Dental Implant Questions for the Dentist

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