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If you have been exploring the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, then you certainly want to know how much the procedures cost before making any final decisions. While cosmetic dentistry has long been considered a luxury and often entirely elective, many times we may do treatment that is medically beneficial, in addition to being an improvement cosmetically. Under these circumstances, your insurance may cover part of the treatment because of their functional purposes.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures range from simple operations that can cost just a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands. These prices depend on the extent of the work that needs to be done. To assist you, here are the costs of some of the most commonly selected cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Do keep in mind that costs can vary significantly from one province, state and/or country to another. Even with the same city, different offices may bill slightly differently for the exact same treatment. There can be many reasons for these differences such as variabilities in office overhead, local market differences in staff wages, rent, experience and qualifications of the providing dentist, etc.


Professional tooth whitening in the dental office is one of the quickest and affordable ways to improve the look of your teeth. On average, it costs $650 for an in-office treatment. In our office, this also includes take-home trays that can be used for future touch-ups to the teeth. Alternatively one could simply have take-home trays only and this cost is around $400. The least expensive option may be over-the-counter whitening strips you would find at the grocery store…these are typically ~100 per kit although you may need more than one kit to reach the desired results. Each method utilizes essentially the same whitening ingredients…the main difference is the concentration and hence how quickly and sometimes how well they work.


Porcelain veneers deliver premium results for patients who want to correct gaps, chips, and severe stains. The before and after pictures for veneers are like night and day, bringing a significant transformation in the patient’s appearance and inner confidence. Veneers usually require 2 dental visits. Each tooth must be prepared slightly so that the ceramist can create a normal contour and transition from the natural tooth to the porcelain and create the most esthetic result. In Canada, prices per tooth range between $1,100 to $2,000. Naturally, the total price of your veneer application will depend on how many you need. However, when veneers are well-maintained, they can last up to 15 to 20 years.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is the faster and more affordable alternative to veneers. This involves covering the front of the tooth with a filling material instead of porcelain. Though it only takes one office visit to complete, dental bonding isn’t as durable or resistant to stains as veneers. However, this procedure also delivers fantastic results and can be the cosmetic solution to anyone on a budget. The average cost of dental bonding is between $300 to $600 per tooth. Your dental insurance provider may cover some of the costs of bonding in special cases where a filling is being placed on the same tooth or part of the tooth has broken.


Dental crowns are often done for reasons other than cosmetics, although the end result is typically a tooth that is improved cosmetically. If your crown is needed because part of the tooth is broken or heavily filled then your insurance will typically cover part of the costs. Costs vary between $500 to $1,500 per tooth. It’s always a good idea to check with your insurance to see if they can help with the cost of a crown, especially if the treatment is resolving a dental issue!

Dental Implants

Dental implants allow patients to have new teeth that are as strong and natural feeling as their original teeth. Each implant involves a minor surgery whereby the implant is inserted into the jaw. Thereafter some time is required for healing and for the bone to fuse with the implant. After the osseointegration (bone fusion) is complete, the prosthetic tooth can be attached. The basic cost for dental implants is even more variable among dental offices as compared to other procedures, and also depends on the pre-existing volume of bone. The costs typically involve three parts: the implant and surgery, the final post or abutment and the final crown. This may be done by one dentist, however, sometimes the surgery and final teeth are each done by different dentists. A the time of writing this article (2019) the total cost for all three phases/parts (Vancouver area) typically varies from ~$3,800-$6,500 per tooth. Though this treatment requires some healing time, the long term results are far more comfortable than their traditional dentures and they may be more conservative than bridges which requires support and preparation of adjacent teeth.

Reap the Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

The investment one makes toward their outward appearance has lasting effects on the function of their teeth and self-esteem. To learn more about all the cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer and to get a personalized quote for your unique needs, contact us at (604) 434-0248.

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