Wednesday, April 24, 2024


Long kept confidential, dental veneers are becoming more and more important in cosmetic dentistry because of their advantages. They are, in fact, an alternative to orthodontics or teeth whitening for those who wish to improve the appearance of their smile permanently and without constraints, without the price of dental veneers not discouraging.


What could be more natural than wanting a pretty smile? In a society where appearances are important, displaying perfect teeth is an increasingly frequent reason for consulting the dentist.

The veneers take on the appearance of small, very thin shells bonded to the outer face of the teeth. The indications for their installation are numerous, whether it is a question of masking a too pronounced tint of a tooth, a malposition, or a malformation. Whatever the imperfections observed, the objective is to improve the appearance so that your smile regains all its whiteness and vitality.

This technique, which is carried out in the dental office for two to three sessions, is indicated for visible teeth, most often from the top – incisors and canines, even premolars –. One or more teeth can be treated in this way, to restore a natural and harmonious smile.

Note: to have a nice smile, patients have several alternatives: orthodontics, whitening, and composite laminates. The laying of dental veneers generally occurs when these medical acts do not allow obtaining the desired results.


Dental veneers offer many benefits. The main thing is that, unlike crowns, their use allows the tooth to be kept alive. When it comes to correcting a gap, it avoids resorting to orthodontic treatment, which is sometimes difficult in adulthood. 

The laying of veneers also makes it possible to mask excessive staining of the teeth, due, among other things, to taking antibiotics. However, conventional dental whitening does not properly treat this shade. With veneers, all these defects can be corrected at the same time.

There are some contraindications, especially when the teeth are weakened: 

  • by a lack of email: this can result from illness or excessive consumption of acidic foods. In this case, the glue is less likely to adhere to the tooth, and the veneer will then have a very short lifespan. 
  • in the case of bruxism: in this last hypothesis, the laying of facets requires increasing the height of the posterior teeth. Indeed, if the patient already suffers from bruxism, the veneers will make it possible to lengthen the incisors shortened by this disorder. However, without acting on the posterior teeth, the veneers will not last long.

As for the disadvantages, they are related to the need to change the veneers, the service life of which depends on the material used. But above all.


Whether you have damaged, broken, worn, misaligned, overly stained teeth or sharp canines, the veneer process is generally the same for all dental surgery centers.

The patient must first make an appointment with a dental surgeon to explain his problem. The practitioner then examines the dentition to take impressions and design the cast.

During a subsequent consultation, the dentist prepares the tooth surface (tooth enamel and dentin) to allow the new veneers to be placed. You should know that the laying of dental facets is carried out through bonding. The facet is therefore not sealed. 

Although this procedure is painless, the dental surgeon puts the patient under local anesthesia. Then, the practitioner proceeds with gluing and finishing. In general, it will take 30 minutes to 1 hour for each tooth. 

The number of sessions varies according to the state of the teeth. For example, to whiten the color of the teeth or repair a damaged incisor, two or three sessions are necessary. On the other hand, if the dental care project is heavy, many consultations will be necessary for the tests, the realization of the mask, the installation, etc.

At the end of all his sessions, you will find a beautiful bright smile.

Note that the lifespan of veneers largely depends on the care given to them, mainly impeccable oral hygiene (regular brushing, dental floss, scaling of dental plaque, gum care, etc.). If you follow these recommendations, the dental veneer can last for 10 years.


The price of a dental veneer varies depending on its material. The least expensive are those made of composite (resin), but they are also the least aesthetic and the least durable over time.

The most widely used are ceramic veneers, which are more expensive but last longer. In the range of ceramics, high-end prostheses, Lumineers veneers, have been developing for several years. If they are significantly more expensive than their little sisters, it is because they offer extended durability and above all, they do not require polishing of the enamel. The installation is therefore reversible, unlike “classic” ceramics.

The table below details, for information only, the prices of veneers generally noted according to the material used.

material Price per tooth Sustainability

resin veneer From 170€ to 350€ 5 years

Ceramic veneer From €500 to €1,000 More than 10 years

Facet Lumineers From €1,000 to €1,400 Over 20 years

The prices of dental veneers being particularly high, some patients choose to have them placed abroad. So even if they reduce the cost, this practice is however largely discouraged. On the one hand, it will be difficult to obtain a suitable follow-up. Indeed, in this case, the follow-up will be done through a dental surgeon who has not himself carried out the laying of the veneer. On the other hand, the hygiene conditions in some countries sometimes leave something to be desired. So if you want to maintain good oral health, it is best to stay in France. And rest assured, there are other solutions to reduce the bill. In particular the selection of a suitable dental mutual. 

Moreover, given their cost, the establishment of an estimate is essential, as well as the consultation of several dental surgeons to compare prices, methods and guarantees offered, and possibly optimize the reimbursement of its dental veneers.


By health insurance

Health insurance does not reimburse the installation of dental veneers, considered an act of aesthetics. It is then necessary to turn to a high-performance complimentary dental health to hope to obtain participation. After making quotes with dental mutuals, the choice is made easier.

By the mutual 

To make up for the insufficiency of health insurance in terms of reimbursement of dental veneers, we advise you to take out a good mutual insurance company to minimize the remaining charge. 

But beware, not all complementary health insurance is equal when it comes to dental care. So to help you choose, here are a few points to watch out for: 

  • Reimbursement terms: as seen above, if you choose ultra-discreet dental veneers, you will have to spend more than €1,000. You must therefore find a mutual company that largely compensates for these costs to offer you a remaining charge of at least half. To do this, you must check the reimbursement rates offered by the mutual insurance companies, or in some cases, the packages and their ceilings. 
  • The waiting period: dental veneers being outside the nomenclature of health insurance care, mutuals are entitled to practice waiting periods. This is a period during which you will not receive any refund, even though you are already a member. Depending on the case, these waiting times can be up to 6 months. If you don’t want to wait to wear a nice smile, choose a mutual without a training period. 
  • Belonging to a network of professionals: if your mutual insurance company belongs to a network of health professionals, it will be able to give you preferential rates on the placement of dental veneers. 

By meeting all these requirements, Cocoon health insurance serves as a reference in this area with, in some of its guarantees, coverage of veneers reimbursed up to €800 per year! And of course, our mutual health insurance has no waiting period and is also part of a network of healthcare professionals. 

So for high-end dental reimbursements, the best choice is Cocoon. 


How much do dental veneers cost?

The price of dental veneers depends on the materials chosen. Thus, depending on the case, this dental intervention has a price varying from 170 to 1400 €. 

Are dental veneers reimbursed by social security?

No, the health insurance considers this intervention as a purely aesthetic act that does not entitle you to reimbursement. 

Is dental veneer placement covered by complementary health insurance?

This depends on the guarantees offered by your dental mutual. It is advisable to check the general conditions of your contract to know if you benefit from such a refund.

Eleena Wills
Eleena Wills
Hi, I’m Eleena Wills. Being a writer and blogger, I strive to provide informative and valuable articles to people. With quality, constructive, and well-researched articles, one can make informed choices. I cover a wide range of topics, from home improvement to hair styling and automotive.


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