Cosmetic Dentistry |4 min read

How Much Are Porcelain Veneers?

Actual patient's smile before and after porcelain veneers

Loving your smile results in higher confidence and self-esteem, and porcelain veneers are the most popular cosmetic procedure to enhance it.

You may be wondering why dental veneers cost so much, but it’s important to recognize them as an investment to transform your smile, and in turn:

Improve your daily life.

In this blog, we’ll answer some of the most common questions about porcelain veneers, including:

  • What they are
  • How much they cost
  • Why they’re an investment
  • How they can improve your life

Let’s get started.

How much do porcelain veneers cost?

Porcelain veneer costs vary based on:

  • What your goal smile is
  • Geographic location
  • Dentist’s level of expertise

Traditional veneers often are the most cost-effective option.

On average, the national cost of veneers can range from anywhere between $900 to $2500 per tooth. They aren’t usually covered by insurance since they’re classified as a cosmetic procedure.

Costs will vary since every patient will have different goals to achieve their dream smile.


Porcelain veneers require precision, expertise, and quality. What you’re paying for is well worth the investment.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain material, tailor-made to fit the front surface of your natural tooth. Specifically made for each tooth, this natural-looking dental enamel creates a picture-perfect smile for you.

How do porcelain veneers work?

Dental veneers are used to treat cosmetic concerns, usually for individuals who have:

  • Undersized teeth
  • Large gaps between teeth
  • Discolored, stained, or dull teeth
  • Chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth
  • Minor crookedness

During the procedure, the dentist reshapes portions of the natural tooth to create a custom fit for your veneers. The thin shell of porcelain material is then placed in front of the tooth and bonded permanently.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

High-quality veneers – when handcrafted by a team of dental experts and lab technicians who use high-quality and specialized materials – can produce a life span of up to 30 years with proper dental care.

Optimal oral care includes brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist twice a year.

Do porcelain veneers stain?

Dental porcelain is highly stain-resistant, making them the classic choice for maintaining a bright white smile for years to come, in comparison with teeth whitening. Porcelain veneers usually don’t discolor over time because their non-porous material deflects stains.

What’s the difference between porcelain and composite veneers?

Porcelain and composite veneers are both popular cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Porcelain veneers consist of thin shells of porcelain material bonded to the outer surface of your tooth and is a more permanent procedure.

On the other hand, composite veneers:

  • Consist of engineered resin placed on the outer surface of your tooth
  • Typically last 4-8 years
  • Stain like natural teeth
  • Usually is a reversible procedure

Composite veneers cost less, but only last half as long as porcelain veneers.

When investing in your teeth, it’s important to weigh the benefits of cosmetic procedures to see which is best for you.

Interested in scheduling a consultation?

The confidence our patients gained with dental veneers is priceless. But at NorthStar Dentistry For Adults, we recognize veneers are an investment.


You want someone with a high level of technical skill, artistic insight, and trustworthy testimonials from actual patients.

Dr. John Merrill is a 5-star cosmetic dentist with a well-known reputation in Huntersville, NC. Being one of the only 400 dentists in the country that is AACD accredited, his remarkable training and experience can produce life-changing results.

Dr. David Bunn restores smiles with his exceptional skills as a talented Huntersville dentist. He’s a graduate of the #1 dental school worldwide, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and earned a fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

During your consultation, you can expect the utmost professionalism and consideration for your specific situation and available treatment techniques.

After your initial consultation, we’ll work closely with our talented dental lab technicians to individually customize each veneer to your smile.

The journey to your dream smile is just one appointment away.

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