Saving Money on Porcelain Veneers

My husband calls me the frugality queen. I do like to save as much money as possible. He knew I’ve always been disappointed about the condition of my smile because my parents never took us to the dentist. For our anniversary, he purchased a smile makeover for me. When I found out how much it was I almost had a stroke. I did some checking around and this dentist is higher than most of the cosmetic dentists in our area. There are several who will do it for thousands of dollars less. Would it be possible to switch to one of the more affordable dentists?


Dear Karyn,

Porcelain veneers being placed on a tooth

While I’m sure your husband appreciates the ways you try to save him money. This is one area where looking for a more affordable dentist could actually be disastrous. Do this one little thing before you write off the more pricey dentist. Look on the website and look up cosmetic dentists in your area. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you found his name on there.

This site lists expert cosmetic dentists, after verifying both their technical skill and artistry. They cannot just pay to be listed. It’s extremely useful because you can feel secure that any dentist listed on their site will give you a stunning smile. Creating porcelain veneers is an art form. To do them right takes significant skill.

Why Not Get a Cheap Cosmetic Dentist?

There are thousands of cosmetic dentistry horror stories. In fact, at our office, we’ve had to repair quite a few of those. Patients come to us after their family dentist tried to give them a smile makeover. They can be a great family dentist, but often they’re in way over their head when it comes to remaking a smile with porcelain veneers.

One such lady came to us in tears. Her brand new smile was much worse than the original smile she went to her dentist in the hopes of improving. Now she’s out thousands of dollars and has to start over.

Here’s what I suggest. Check out all the dentist’s qualifications. If they’re all listed on, then you can price shop. But, I’d take the additional steps of looking at their smile gallery to see if you like the type of results they get. Then, check out their reviews online. You want to be sure they’re pleasant to work with. Finally, call and ask if they have a beautiful smile guarantee.

Any expert cosmetic dentist will stand behind his or her work.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.