If you’re uncomfortable with the appearance of your smile, then dental veneers may offer an ideal solution. This cosmetic dentistry procedure conceals a multitude of imperfections and creates a beautiful flawless smile. But how much do veneers cost and are they worth it?
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to give an exact veneers cost since this depends on several factors such as the type of veneers you have, the clinic you use, and, not surprisingly, the number of veneers you need.
Whether veneers are worth the cost ultimately depends on the person investing in them. However, if you need cold hard figures then the National Dental Survey suggests that anywhere between $860 and $2000 per tooth is about right.
So, what are dental veneers exactly?
Veneers are thin custom-made shells either made from composite resin or porcelain that fit over the front surface of the teeth. If your teeth are:
- Irregularly shaped
- Chipped or cracked; or
then you could be an ideal candidate for this treatment.
What are the types of dental veneers?
There are in essence two types of dental veneers – permanent and semi-permanent.
Porcelain veneers are classed as permanent because in most cases a thin layer of tooth enamel has to be removed so that the custom-made veneer sits flush with the rest of the teeth. This is an irreversible process which means that a person will always have to maintain their veneers and replace them when necessary.
Getting back to how much do veneers cost, composite veneers (the second type) are the cheaper option. They are made from composite resin and are moulded directly onto the teeth.
As a result, composites are not as strong or durable as porcelain veneers. They can, however, be removed if a person decides at a later date that they would rather have permanent veneers.
Are veneers covered by Medicare?
Dental veneers are a cosmetic dentistry treatment that a person ‘chooses’ to have rather than ‘needs’ to have. This means that it is not covered by Medicare. While some government-funded schemes assist eligible people with the cost of dental treatment, porcelain veneers are unlikely to be covered.
What about private health insurance, does this cover veneers cost?
While on the subject of how much do veneers cost, the good news is that both porcelain veneers and composite veneers fall under the ‘major dental’ category of dental extras cover.
While this won’t cover the entire cost, it will pay a certain proportion depending on your provider.
On the downside, if you have a new policy, you’ll probably have to wait for 12 months before you can claim for more expensive dental work including dental veneers.
Can I reduce the cost of porcelain veneers?
There are a few steps you can take to keep the cost of porcelain veneers down.
- Consider shopping around for an extras policy that includes veneers and go online to compare prices to ensure you’re getting a good deal
- Have your health fund card with you when you go for treatment. Doing this saves lodging a claim later and your bill will be reduced automatically
- Speak to your dentist about splitting your treatment over two periods. If your limits renew in January, for example, maybe get some work done in December and some in January. This enables you to claim twice.
- Ask your dentist if they are doing any promotions and speak to them about finance options or payment plans. Although these won’t reduce the cost of porcelain veneers, they allow you to spread the cost in instalments making payment more manageable.
Finally, speak to your dentist about your smile goals
If you’re considering porcelain veneers to transform your smile then it’s always best to consult with a dentist experienced in veneers.
Veneers can be used to change and correct the size, shape, colour and alignment of teeth and can drastically change how your smile looks. Speak to your dentist about how you would like your smile to look, what you would like changed and your budget.
It may be that your smile is marred by a single discoloured tooth or that the teeth at either end of your smile line are irregularly shaped. Placing veneers on just these teeth could give you the perfect smile that you’re wishing for at a price that isn’t going to break the bank.
The point is you may need fewer veneers than you initially thought or you may be able to achieve similar results with minor orthodontic work and teeth whitening treatment.
If you want to know how much do veneers cost and if they’re a suitable treatment for you, why not schedule an appointment with the experienced friendly team at Randwick Smiles.
Call us (02) 9398 9398 today.