Lumineers® (ultra-thin porcelain veneers) pricing -
The cost of Lumineers® is usually along the same line as conventional porcelain veneers. Here's a general price estimate for this procedure.
$700.00 - $1300.00 per Lumineers® veneer.
Low fee = Small rural city or town.
High fee = Large metropolitan area.
How did we come up with this estimate?
Costs for similar procedures.
As a basis of comparison, these links provide fee estimates for other types of dental laminates:
Prices are quoted on a "per-unit" basis.
The total cost for a case is typically calculated at a fixed rate per tooth being treated. There usually isn't any discount for "buying more" or "in bulk."
For example, a case involving the placement of Lumineers® on six front teeth will typically cost exactly six times the dentist's fee for placing one.
A) Does dental insurance cover Lumineers®?
Most dental policies will not provide coverage for procedures whose only purpose is making a cosmetic change for a tooth. The vast majority of porcelain veneer cases (including Lumineer®) fall into this category.
An insurance plan may cover veneers if placing them also provides some important non-cosmetic benefit. This might include correcting some type of dental health issue or the replacement of deteriorated veneers that now place a tooth at risk for dental disease.
If your dentist thinks that your situation may qualify, they can fill out the needed insurance forms to petition your insurance provider on your behalf in hope of gaining pre-treatment authorization for performing the work.
A veneered tooth.
B) Why Lumineers® don't usually cost less than conventional veneers.
The total amount of treatment time that a dentist needs to set aside for a no-drill Lumineers® case is less than that needed for a conventional one. (There's less work to do during the 1st visit.)
But this cost-savings is at least in part offset by the fact that their dental laboratory expenses for the veneers will likely be greater.
C) Don't overlook the cost of replacement veneers.
How long will Lumineers® last?
Studies suggest that Lumineers® can be expected to have a lifespan that's on par with traditional porcelain veneers.
Several studies (Ciancio 2006) have shown that the lifespan of a Lumineer® can easily exceed ten years. One study found a 94% success rate at 20 years.
You must anticipate that your Lumineers® will need to be replaced at some point during your lifetime.
You can't realistically expect any type of dental restoration to last forever. This is especially true in those cases where its appearance is a critical factor (such as a veneer on a front tooth).
That means that beyond your initial expenses for your work, there will be others. And depending on your age, you may encounter these additional costs more than once.
We discuss this topic in greater detail on our page: What is the true cost of having porcelain veneers placed? This is an important read if you're considering having them placed as an elective procedure. Alternative procedures should always be considered too.
Can't Lumineers® just be removed?
As part of the discussion on the page above, we we state that once a tooth has been trimmed for a veneer it will always need one. You may wonder if this same statement applies to Lumineers® when a no-drilling protocol has been used.
The idea that ultra-thin veneers are "reversible" is mostly true just in theory. Yes, they can be ground off but it's not a necessarily quick process nor is it likely that your tooth will be returned to its initial pristine condition.
The bond that's been created during the placement process is very strong and the cement that's been used typically remains stubbornly attached to the tooth's enamel.
It can be trimmed and buffed off. But it's not an easy task, especially when a number of teeth are involved. And it has to be expected that the surface of the tooth's enamel will be shaved and scuffed up during the process.
Why don't all dentists place Lumineers®?
In 2006 we ran across a Den-Mat Corporation website that stated that more than 5000 dentists nationwide used Lumineers® in their practice. In 2006, the American Dental Association's estimate of the number of dentists in the USA was just over 160,000 (20% of which were dental specialists).
These numbers suggest that only 3 to 5% of the dentists who might place Lumineers® choose to do so. And while no doubt this number has since changed, it probably hasn't all that drastically.
Why wouldn't a dentist want to offer this service?
There can be some good reasons why a dentist doesn't place Lumineers®.
- Some dentists may feel that they simply can't get the same lifelike appearance with Lumineers® that they can with other types of porcelain veneers.
- This brand is heavily advertised and this no doubt affects the pricing of their product. There are
competing brands of ultra-thins that a dentist can choose.
- The dentist may have a relationship with a dental laboratory that they have cultivated over the years and prefer to maintain.
If it's a local dental lab, they probably have an opportunity to communicate face-to-face with the dental technician who makes their veneers. Since there are only a few Cerinate® Design Studios (the dental laboratories that make Lumineers®), an opportunity to work in direct contact with the technician is much less likely.
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