Are porcelain veneers covered by insurance?

July 9, 2021

Porcelain veneers, also known as dental laminates, are porcelain faces placed on your teeth that mimic your surrounding natural teeth. It’s tough to see the difference between natural teeth and veneers, which is why they are such a popular cosmetic dentistry choice in NW Calgary.

The common question we get is, are porcelain veneers covered by insurance? The simple answer is no - because they are a cosmetic procedure, they are not covered by insurance. However, Cambrian Dental offers to finance and set prices in accordance with the province’s fee guide. If you’re concerned about costs, your best bet is to contact us. We can discuss payment options or other treatment options that more in line with your budget. Our goal is to help you reach your oral health goals and give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Porcelain veneers

If your mind is set on porcelain veneers, that’s great news! You’re choosing a cosmetic dentistry procedure that will provide you with a lasting, beautiful smile. Below is more information about what to expect with porcelain veneers.

What porcelain veneers can improve

There are many reasons people choose porcelain veneers. The most common is to fix:

  • Discoloured teeth
  • Uneven or misshapen teeth
  • Teeth gaps
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Old aesthetic seals

The different types of veneers

There are two types of veneers available: composite resin and porcelain (also known as ceramic).

  • Composite resin - This type of veneer can be completed in one appointment as it sets faster than porcelain veneers. Composite resin is easier to stain because it is slightly porous. Coffee, red wine, and dark sauces such as oyster sauce and soy sauce are likely to cause staining.
  • Porcelain veneers - offers the most natural look and feel, and mimics the natural translucent properties of your teeth enamel. This material is extremely durable and can last decades if they are cared for well.

What you need to be a candidate for porcelain veneers

It’s important to know that not everyone is a candidate for porcelain veneers. They are not a treatment option for tooth decay or gum disease. To be approved for porcelain veneers, you’ll need:

  • Healthy tooth enamel to support veneers
  • No signs of teeth grinding
  • No tooth decay
  • No gum disease

Just like real teeth, porcelain veneers need to be taken care of. Daily, consistent brushing and flossing will need to be maintained to protect your investment and for a healthy, beautiful smile for life.

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