Dental veneers offer the opportunity to address cosmetic imperfections in your smile, but if you’d like to know “how much do veneers cost?”, it really depends on the type of material used. Porcelain veneers do cost more, but are much longer lasting than composite resin, which is more affordable. Let’s take a closer look at this branch of cosmetic dentistry and what you can expect for your veneers cost.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Once considered only for the likes of celebrities, veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the surface of your teeth. They are used to cover up cosmetic issues such as:
- Crooked teeth
- A gappy smile
- Making a small tooth bigger
- Changing the shape of teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Worn or damaged teeth
- Discoloured teeth that do not respond to whitening treatments
Porcelain Vs Composite Resin Veneers
Porcelain veneers are longer lasting, more natural looking and stronger than composite resin. Porcelain is generally favoured for veneers because it reflects the light very similarly to your natural tooth.
However porcelain veneers do take longer to manufacture and fit, as a cast of your tooth needs to be sent off to a laboratory for manufacturing, and incur a greater cost. With good care, they can last up to 25 years.
Composite resin veneers can be crafted in your dentist’s chair and the procedure can be completed on the same day.
Composite resin is not as strong as porcelain and does not last for as long, but it is more affordable. By contrast, composite resin may only last for 8 years before it needs to be replaced.
So, How Much Do Veneers Cost?
Cosmetic dentistry treatments like dental veneers are difficult to quote on until you have had a consultation, because the treatment is highly customised to your needs. The most accurate way to understand your veneers cost is to visit your dentist for an assessment and treatment plan.
Smile.com.au provides some cost averages, based on the results of their 2017 National Dental Fee Survey, which found that a porcelain veneer can cost in the region of $1983 per tooth. A composite resin veneer cost less than half, at around $860 per tooth. Because veneers are cosmetic, the cost will not be covered by your health insurance.
How Is The Cost Of Veneers Calculated?
When your dentist creates your treatment plan they will take into account factors such as
- The type of material used for your veneers
- Your concern and the number of teeth to be covered
- Your area (areas that have more dentists may be more price-competitive)
- The skill level and experience of your dentist.
If you are thinking about the cost of getting dental veneers, consider the amount of time you would like to lapse before having yours redone.
If you’d like a more personalised answer to the question of “how much do veneers cost?”, it’s time to make an appointment for your treatment plan. Please contact us for a convenient appointment: (02) 9054 5281.