Santiane, your comparator broker specializing in mutual insurance for seniors, provides an update on the reimbursement of dental veneers.
What is the exact definition of a dental veneer?
A dental veneer is a kind of shell that the dentist places on a natural tooth to improve its appearance.
Dental veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry
Dental veneers are used to correct the imperfections of one or more teeth: too pronounced shade, bad position (overlapping teeth, crooked or too far apart), damaged shape (cracked, broken teeth, too short or too long for example ). The objective is to improve the aesthetics of the smile, so this technique only concerns visible teeth: incisors, canines, and premolars.
The benefits of dental veneers
The advantages compared to a crown: the installation of a dental veneer causes less loss of thickness at the level of the tooth compared to a crown. It is necessary to cut about 10% of the tooth to apply the veneer against 60% for a crown.
The advantages compared to bleaching: veneers give a better result than conventional bleaching, especially if the teeth have a very dark color. (For example in the case of taking antibiotic treatments).
Advantages compared to orthodontics: the installation of veneers can be a good solution in the event of minimal spacing of the teeth and allow the patient to find an aesthetic smile without having to resort to the installation of dental bands.
In general, veneers make it possible to correct several imperfections in a single treatment such as yellow, spaced, or too short/long teeth by removing a minimum of dental enamel.
Dental veneers can be made of several materials
The material most often used is ceramic since it is compatible with living tissue and has properties close to those of natural teeth. There are also composite (resin) but the result is less remarkable. The dentist can offer porcelain veneers, which are much finer (0.2 mm compared to 0.6 to 0.7 mm in ceramic) and have the advantage of being applied without cutting the tooth and therefore more quickly, however they are less luminous and less aesthetic.
Laying of veneers and maintenance of dental veneers
Veneers can be placed in two or three sessions only if it is a question of modifying the color or repairing a broken tooth. For more important changes (spaced teeth for example) it is necessary to plan several appointments for tests and in particular the realization of a mask (molding made from the impressions of the mouth) to simulate the final result.
The teeth must be prepared before the installation, the practitioner begins by cutting the enamel to create a surface on which the glue can adhere. He then places the veneer under local anesthesia to avoid any movement that could interfere with positioning.
No particular maintenance is necessary, with careful brushing two to three times a day the veneers generally stay in place for around 12 years.
What is the average price charged by the dentist for a dental veneer?
The price range charged by dentists for a ceramic dental veneer varies between 700€ and 1400€. The rate applied varies according to the expertise of the practitioner, his reputation, and the city.
For a more economical solution, it is possible to opt for resin veneers. The prices of these veneers vary between €170 and €300. It is important to remember that in this case, the aesthetic result is less good and that the veneers must be changed approximately every 5 years.
What reimbursement for a dental veneer?
Does Social Security reimburse dental veneers?
The placement of a veneer is considered as a treatment for purely aesthetic purposes, the Health Insurance does not support this act. Therefore, Social Security does not reimburse dental veneers.
What reimbursement from mutuals for dental veneers?
Since veneers are not covered by Social Security, mutual insurance companies rarely make reimbursements for these aesthetic procedures. However, some formulas include an annual dental fixed price dedicated to dental care and prostheses not reimbursed by Health Insurance. We advise you to go through one of the expert advisers of your Santiane mutual insurance comparator broker, to do this you just have to give your contact details on the form.