Proposed “Botax” Could Target Cosmetic Dental Work

While porcelain veneers are a great investment because of the rise in self-confidence a person feels with a winning smile, they aren’t cheap: a good porcelain veneer can cost upwards of $750 per tooth. This cost could become more expensive if legislation that is part of the proposed government health care reform package passes.

A bill in the U.S. Senate would place a five percent tax on all cosmetic surgery and other procedures. It’s been dubbed the “Botax” because it is designed to target procedures like Botox and facelifts. But the wording of the bill means that the tax would likely also be applied to cosmetic dentistry procedures.

This could create a significant impact within the cosmetic dentistry industry as patients might decide to scale back planned procedures or scrap them all together. This could include procedures such as veneers that also have medical uses such as fixing sensitive teeth.