If you’d like to improve the appearance of your smile, dental veneers can create an even, beautifully white smile. This branch of cosmetic dentistry has grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to its ability to give you a ‘smile makeover’. Of course, it helps to know how much do veneers cost when planning your dental treatment, so let’s take a closer look.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are shells, or thin covers, usually made from porcelain, that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers are used to change the size, shape and colour of your teeth and can cover up any surface damage or irregularities that may interfere with the symmetry of your smile.
Porcelain veneers are the most sought-after because of how natural they look. The quality of porcelain reflects light in a similar manner to natural teeth. It is also a very long-lasting material, so you won’t have to factor in redoing them within 12 to 25 years from the date of your initial procedure.
Dental veneers can change the appearance of teeth that are
- Cracked, chipped or fractured
- Irregularly shaped
- worn down
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
Veneers cost is their biggest drawback, and some patients find more affordable composite resin veneers more suitable for their needs. Composite resin veneers do not last as long as porcelain, and may not look as natural as porcelain. They may be more affordable initially, but they will need to be redone more frequently, and so that cost will accumulate over time.
So, How Much Do Veneers Cost?
The cost of veneers is highly contingent on your personal circumstances and the extent of work that needs to be done to your teeth in terms of preparation.
The most accurate way to get an estimate for what your veneers will cost is to have a consultation with a dentist, who will prepare a treatment plan. This will detail and cost all the work that needs to be done.
To give you some idea of what to expect, smile.com.au states that, according to the results of their National Dental Fee Survey, an average price of $1983 was paid per porcelain veneer in 2017. For the same time period, patients were paying an average of $860 for a composite resin veneer.
Are Porcelain Veneers Worth The Price?
With good dental care and hygiene, porcelain veneers can last for 10 to 15 years, and perhaps even longer. They are very strong and resilient, which makes them an effective choice for the front teeth. They are also more stain-resistant than composite resin.
Composite resin is a more affordable option but it is not as strong and durable as porcelain. Composite resin veneers will need to be redone more often.
Will Health Insurance Cover Your Porcelain Veneers?
No, most health insurance providers will not cover dental veneers as they fall under cosmetic dentistry.
Will Dental Veneers Work For You?
Veneers are ideal for patients who have minor cracks, chips or size irregularities in their teeth. They also work well for patients whose teeth do not respond to teeth whitening treatments. They provide some strength and protection, as well as cosmetic benefits. They can also be used to close up spaces created by small teeth, or address a ‘gappy smile’.
In order to have dental veneers, you would need to
- Have healthy teeth and gums
- Maintain a sound dental hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice a day
- Have enough healthy dental enamel
What To Expect When Getting Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are usually completed in three visits to the dentist. During your first visit, your dentist will assess your mouth and teeth. Some x rays may be taken, as well as impressions of your mouth. Your dentist will give you a treatment plan and cost estimate.
On your second visit, your dentist will remove a thin layer of dental enamel from your teeth, and then create an impression of your teeth. The impression will be sent to a dental lab, and your porcelain veneers will be created.
Once the porcelain veneers are ready, you will return to your dentist’s office for the fitting. Your dentist will rough up the surface of your natural teeth before bonding the porcelain veneers to the front of your teeth. Some adjustments may be made.
If you’d like more details about how much do veneers cost, it’s best to make an appointment for a consultation so a customised treatment plan can be drawn up. Please contact us for a convenient time: (03) 8737 9359.