Cosmetic Dentist Survey: Cost of Tooth Veneers (video)

vineers survey video The cost of dental veneers is much more than what you will pay for tooth whitening, but the results can be far more dramatic.

Cosmetic dentistry can revolutionize a smile, especially if the choice is tooth veneers.

“I think veneers are as technique sensitive as traditional crowns, therefore I charge the same amount.” said a California dentist.

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey that asked dentists what their fee is for dental veneers or lumineers.

Click on play to watch the survey video and hear the survey results –


One of the great things about veneers from a dental management point-of-view is that you are normally placing 4, 6, or 8 (or more) at a time.

If you would like to participate in future dentist surveys, please sign up for The Wealthy Dentist newsletter to cast your own vote.

Best Dental Veneers: Dentists Prefer Porcelain Veneers

Best dental veneersThe best dental veneers are likely to be ceramic or porcelain veneers, found this survey of dentists. Only one dentist in five prefers resin or composite veneers.

Eighty-six percent of doctors feel that teeth veneers are a great cosmetic option, but 14% worry they have become over-used. “I have had more very young patients wanting veneers, and this is a really disturbing trend,” said a Texas dentist. “I try to explain to them that they are beginning a lifetime of maintenance and replacement.”

Dentists were even split over whether traditionally prepared or minimal-prep are the best tooth veneers. Though they are becoming more popular, only 10% of dentists prefer no-prep veneers.

The majority of dentists do not have a favorite brand of dental veneers. Some dentists felt the best veneers for cosmetic dentistry were Lumineers, Empress, Durathin, or LifeLike Veneers.

Here are some comments from dentists about the best dental veneers:

  • “All types are good. Case decisions need to be personalized.” Missouri dentist
  • “Dental veneers are grossly overused.” Arizona prosthodontist
  • “In most cases, we provide a dental crown instead. The veneer is not that much more conservative than a crown, and the crown is much more likely to succeed long term. Veneers are over-marketed and over-utilized.” Illinois dentist
  • “I’ve had mixed results with no-prep veneers so far in my young career.” General dentist
  • “They are overused, but they are also a great option.” Connecticut dentist
  • “They work great in the proper situation. Good treatment planning is always the key.” Washington dentist anesthesiologist
  • “Veneers are not just for cosmetics, but can be a restorative or regenerative option. How much preparation on the teeth are dictated by teeth position and final result desired.” Texas dentist

Are Some Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments ‘Porcelain Pornography’?

Porcelain PornographyIn the July King’s College Faculty Dental Journal (FDJ) some cosmetic dental treatments are being calledPorcelain Pornography‘.

As reported in news, FDJ author Martin Kelleher, a consultant in restorative dentistry, expressed concerns  that some dental patients are having unnecessary, expensive and aggressive restorative treatment for minor cosmetic problems because porcelain veneers and crowns are being overused.

In the journal piece Kelleher points out that a relatively sound tooth structure is destroyed to prepare teeth for veneers or crowns. He feels this destruction can rarely be justified for minor cosmetic or wear problems. He points to limited evidence of long-term benefits porcelain veneers.

He argues that some dentists are concerned that fitting porcelain crowns on basically healthy teeth, has become so widespread in the U.K. that it is often considered a more ‘normal’ treatment over conservative restorative treatments that might benefit the patient more in the long run.

Mr. Kelleher goes on to say, “All clinicians should place the long-term health of their patients first. Porcelain veneers have their place in responsible restorative dentistry when provided by suitably trained and qualified individuals, but I believe that other safe and proven cosmetic treatments, like bleaching and bonding, should be considered before the destructive ones. Patients must understand that extensive porcelain veneer or crown treatment is not a risk-free shortcut to a perfect smile.”

He asserts that patients are having their teeth destroyed because some dentists diagnose them with “porcelain deficiency disease”.

Mr. Kelleher points to dental patients who end up with most of their original teeth removed to make way for porcelain veneers and crowns. He writes, “These unfortunate patients are being robbed twice – first of their money and again of their enamel and dentine!”

Dr Susie Sanderson, chair of the British Dental Association’s executive board, responded by saying, “Every patient is different and while veneers are an appropriate treatment in some cases, in others they are not.  In order to ensure that appropriate treatments are provided, decisions should be made between dentist and patient on the basis of a full understanding of the range of options available, what they involve and their implications.”

What is your opinion on the use of porcelain veneers or crowns? Are they ‘Porcelain Pornography’?

Is the U.S. different than the U.K.?

Read more about this topic at: The Daily Mail and Dentist Slams Overuse of ‘Porcelain Pornography

Cosmetic Dentistry: How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost? (survey)

take the TWD dental survey on the cost of veneersDentists: please participate in our cost of veneers survey.

As part of The Wealthy Dentist dialogue on dental practice management and marketing, we offer weekly surveys and invite your participation.

In order to understand different perspectives on the dental industry, we have developed surveys to canvas a diverse group of dental practices on their view of the dental industry, what constitutes current good practice in dental marketing and quality care.

The information collected will be used to prepare articles for The Wealthy Dentist readership.

The survey should take no more than 90 seconds to complete –

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Dentists Sour on Cosmetic Dentistry and Veneers

Dental veneers in cosmetic dentistryMany dentists think that cosmetic dentists rely too heavily on dental veneers.

“I think those practices generally emphasize SELLING dentistry rather than doing the most conservative, yet appropriate treatment for their patients,” complained one dentist.

In this survey, 45% of dentists said the entire profession of cosmetic dentistry is too dependent on veneers, while 30% said this is only true of a few individual cosmetic dentists, and the remaining 25% said that veneers are not used overly frequently.

Here are some dentist comments from this survey…

  • “While dental veneers are certainly an acceptable way of treating many cases, I never cease to be amazed that patients are almost never told that those veneers will eventually need to be replaced. I have treated many patients who had no idea that their veneers would not last forever.” (California dentist)
  • “The worst is dentists trying to sell them to patients who do not even need them.” (California dentist)
  • “In many cases, teeth with wear and poor function can be improved with veneers, a minimally invasive solution, while increasing esthetics.” (California dentist)
  • “Veneers increase the maintenance load on the restorative practice.” (Ohio dentist)
  • “I think that overuse is often patient-driven because of advertising; hard [for a dentist] to say no.” (Texas dentist)
  • “Ask a specialist how dentists are perceived and most will tell you (although not to your face) that at least 3 of 4 dentists are ‘scumbags’ based on unnecessary cosmetic procedures, sealants that are not needed, extractions done poorly, dental implants placed improperly and restored terribly, root canals improperly shaped and filled, and orthodontics done poorly. Many know their work is bad, but are living a lifestyle that necessitates these procedures be done to ‘fill their chairs.’ It will destroy the profession and make us poorly regarded in the minds of others if this continues.” (Orthodontist)

Read more: Cosmetic Dentists and Dental Veneers: How Much Cosmetic Dentistry Is Too Much?



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