Question: My dentist wants to charge $7500 for six porcelain dental veneers. Is this too much? How much should they cost?
Answer: The cost of porcelain veneers varies greatly across the country. While $1500 apiece, which is what you've been quoted, may be a typical fee if you take an average, you're going to find a great difference say, from Iowa, which is a very low fee state, where you may see porcelain veneers cost under $1000 apiece, to places like Chicago and Los Angeles, which are high fee areas, where $2000 apiece or more may not be uncommon.
Let me take this opportunity to caution you some about porcelain veneers. Since cosmetic dentistry isn't a legally recognized specialty, any dentist, with no more training than is given in dental school, can call himself or herself a cosmetic dentist. This procedure, to be done right, however, requires artistic sensitivity and extensive additional training beyond dental school. Don't judge a dentist by the cost. There are some poorly done veneers that cost a lot of money, and there are some excellent ones done that cost relatively modest amounts. Generally, porcelain dental veneers from an expert cosmetic dentist will tend to cost more, but that isn't strictly true.
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We conducted a survey of expert cosmetic dentists in December 2005 to obtain this information about the cost of porcelain veneers.