Ask The Expert - All About Veneers

Getting a dental treatment done - whether it be for aesthetic or medical reasons - can be very convenient if done abroad. Countries like Thailand, Poland, Hungary or Mexico allow you to save up to 80% on the cost you would need to pay back home. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to give up on quality. Our partner clinics offer the highest standards in dental care (we partner only with those clinics that are JCI-accredited or that received the highest national accreditation) at affordable prices.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin shells that are individually-crafted and bonded to the front surface of the teeth. There are two main materials used for veneers: resin composite and porcelain.

Before the actual placement of a veneer, a layer of the underlying tooth surface is shaved off and an impression is taken to create a custom-made veneer that will be cemented onto the tooth to harmoniously fit the tooth and mouth. Veneers are an ideal solution for whoever wants to cure discolored, cracked, worn down, chipped, misaligned or uneven teeth.

Patients qualify for veneers only if they have healthy gums and teeth, while they are not recommended for those who suffer from tooth decay, gum disease, and root canal infection.

In order to get a professional and insightful overview about veneers, we relied on the expertise of one of our partner hospitals, Bangkok International Dental Center, and one of the highly-specialized dentists working there, Dr. Vichulada Phunthikaphadr.

Dr. Vichulada Phunthikaphadr, MD

Dr. Phunthikaphadr is specialized in Operative Dentistry and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. She also holds a Masters in Restorative Dentistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.

We asked Dr. Phunthikaphadr to give us first-hand and professional insight into what veneers are, how they work, and how they can help patients restore their dental health and appearance.

Dr. Phunthikaphadr, how many types of veneers are there and which one would you recommend?

There are two basic types of veneers - porcelain veneers and composite veneers. Since porcelain veneers are made up of ceramics, they tend to last longer than composite veneers, which are made up of composite resin material. Recommending what type of veneers is more suitable than the other depends very much on the patient’s desired outcome and focus, since each of them has its benefits and downsides.

According to the different types available, what is the cost of veneers per tooth?

At Bangkok International Dental Center, we have the following prices per tooth:

Veneer type Price
Composite veneers 5,000 to 6,000 THB (140 EUR)
Standard porcelain veneers from 12,000 to 14,000 THB (340 - 390 EUR)
Removable porcelain veneers 23,000 THB (650 EUR)

If a patient desires to treat the whole mouth, discount packages may be available.

A global comparison

Let's have a look at how much veneers cost around the world. Below average prices for veneers in different locations.

Country Price
Turkey 265 EUR
Hungary 240 EUR
India 150 EUR
Poland 320 EUR
Mexico 360 EUR
Germany 2250 EUR
UK 3120 EUR
Australia 2500 EUR

More prices and cost details are available on our Dental Cost Guide.

Do veneers have to be replaced after a while?

Composite veneers will require maintenance and need replacement periodically. Time frames vary greatly from case to case and also depend on a number of factors, e.g. how good the patient takes care of his/her dental hygiene. Porcelain veneers usually last longer and it is up to each patient to take good care of their teeth and oral hygiene to make sure that veneers are long- lasting and stable.

We read the most recent veneer type is called «removable veneers». How do they work?

This type of veneers is only recommended for selected cases and may not apply to all needs. Removable veneers are made up of thin porcelain and may be a good option for patients who want to change the color shade or slightly adjust the shape of their natural teeth. Once it is assessed that removable veneers are a suitable option, impressions of the teeth are taken to create custom- made veneers that will be then properly customized during a follow-up visit. Removable veneers are not prepared on-site, but rather in an overseas lab, so the lead time in this case is longer compared to standard porcelain veneers.

We would like to thank Dr. Phunthikaphadr for her valuable contribution!

About Bangkok International Dental Center

Bangkok International Dental Center is a world-class clinic with 100 highly-specialized dentists and surgeons. It was the first dental center in Thailand to achieve the Joint Commission International (JCI) certification. Along with cosmetic procedures such as dental implants, veneers and crowns, the facility offers many other preventive and restorative procedures.

Do you want to have more information about veneers or request a free quote? Our Health Managers will be happy to explore your options with you!

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About the author

Coree Howard, Content Writer

Coree has worked in international development, travel, and trained as a Health Coach. First as a Health Manager and now a content writer, her time on the front lines working with patients helped her understand their needs and what information they want when looking for the best healthcare options.

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