Veneers are custom-created covers or shells that are adhered to the surface of your teeth. While they can be crafted from different materials, porcelain veneers tend to cost more than composite resin veneers.
Why Are Veneers Used?
Wearing veneers enables you to improve the cosmetic appearance of your teeth. Veneers can help you to alter your teeth’s size, shape, colour, and length. They are ideal for restorations on teeth that are irregularly shaped, crooked, cracked, fractured or broken.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
According to Smile.com.au porcelain veneers can cost you in the region of $1983 per tooth, in line with the results of the National Dental Fee Survey that was conducted in 2017.
How Much Do Composite Resin Veneers Cost?
The same survey from Smile.com.au quotes composite resin veneers in the region of $860 per tooth.
Why The Big Difference In Price?
Well, porcelain veneers are much longer lasting and are considered to be low maintenance restorations. On average, porcelain veneers last for between 12 and 25 years of wear.
Composite resin veneers are more affordable in the short term however they will probably only last for four to eight years of wear. Because the material is not as robust as porcelain, composite resin veneers do need more maintenance and may be more likely to chip or crack.
How Is The Cost Of Porcelain Veneers Calculated?
There is no standard or recommended pricing for veneers, so each dentist sets their own. The price you are quoted for veneers will depend on different factors, including:
The number of veneers required
In some cases a single veneer maybe required but typically they are used in sets. The number of porcelain veneers you need has a direct impact on your total cost.
Are you having temporary veneers?
Because there is a two to four week period of waiting for your veneers to be manufactured, you may want to wear something temporary while you wait. The cost of temporary veneers will be added to your account.
Who is placing your veneers?
All dentists are trained to place veneers, however, some specialists also offer the service. A specialist is likely to charge more for his or her time than a general dentist.
Your dentist’s location also plays a role in the cost, because if he or she is located in and around the major cities you can expect to pay more than if you consulted with someone in a more remote location.
What Can You Expect From The Veneer Procedure?
Applying veneers is a relatively simple and straight forward process. Porcelain veneers require a few visits to your dentist and the process is non-invasive. This is how it works:
At your first assessment with your dentist you will discuss the elements of your teeth that you wish to restore through veneers. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and teeth and then discuss your treatment options with you.
Once you have made the decision to move forward, you will attend a preparation appointment where your dentist removes a thin layer of enamel from your teeth, to give your new veneers something to adhere to. Often local anaesthetic is used so that you do not feel anything during the process. Then another impression of your teeth will be taken.
These impressions will be sent to the dental lab to create your new porcelain veneers and will be returned to your dentist’s office within four weeks of being ordered.
Your dentist will then prepare your teeth by cleaning them and then making the surface rougher. This makes the bond between your tooth and the veneer much stronger. Dental cement is applied to the underside of the veneer before bonding it to the surface of your teeth. Your dentist will use a special light to harden the cement quickly and ensure a quick bond is created.
If you do opt for composite resin veneers these can often be placed in your dentist’s office on the same day.
Will My Health Insurance Cover The Cost Of Porcelain Veneers?
Because the procedure is cosmetic your health insurance will not cover the cost of the procedure.
Are Veneers Worth The Investment?
It is very difficult to put an objective price on confidence but if the appearance of your teeth affects your confidence, the cost of veneers is well worth considering. If you look at what you are prepared to pay for other things that inspire confidence- shoes, clothes, visits to the salon- the cost of a veneer isn’t that high relatively speaking.
The other consideration is that there are cheap veneers on the market but in light of how susceptible they are to cracking or chipping, the convenience of having veneers in your mouth for 12 to 25 years far outweighs the inconvenience and accumulated expense of repeated visits to the dentist to fix them up.
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