Veneers provide quick and effective way to alter the appearance of your teeth but if porcelain veneers cost has sent you off in search of more cost effective options, there is a solution and it is made out of composite resin. At Randwick Smiles we are committed to providing our patients with high quality, affordable cosmetic dentistry.
Porcelain veneers are shells or cover that fit over the front of your teeth. They’re used to conceal imperfections in the teeth like
- Cracks and fractures
- Short teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Irregularly spaced teeth or gaps between the teeth
- Discoloured or stained teeth
Made popular by local and international stars and celebrities, porcelain veneers give patients the chance of having a perfect smile. Any imperfections in the tooth can be improved by covering the surface of the tooth with a porcelain veneer and bonding it over the top.
And, thanks to their overall price coming down considerably in recent years, veneers are now available as a cosmetic tooth improvement to the average person.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The biggest drawback of porcelain veneers is their cost. At Randwick Smiles we present our patients with customised treatment plans that detail each line item and its associated cost so estimating the price for an ‘average’ patient is quite difficult.
The results of The National Dental Fee Survey of 2017 revealed that a porcelain veneer in Australia costs approximately $1983 per tooth. By contrast a veneer crafted from composite resin cost around $860 per tooth.
Why The Cost Difference?
The price of porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers last longer than composite resin and are more durable over that longer lifespan. On average you can expect 12 to 25 years of wear from porcelain veneers and they will require very little maintenance over that period.
It takes two to four sittings to finalise your porcelain veneers. Your dentist will need to take x-rays and impressions of your mouth in your first consultation, and send these to the laboratory.
Your teeth need to be prepared for the placement of your veneers, which means your dentist will need to remove about half a millimetre of enamel from the surface.
Two to four weeks after your oral impressions were taken, your veneers should return from the laboratory. Your dentist will etch the surface of your teeth to help the veneers stick more securely.
Then he or she will adhere them with special cement before hardening it with a light. Some adjustments may be required to ensure your final veneers look and feel completely natural and blend in with the rest of your teeth.
The cost of composite resin veneers
Composite resin veneers may be placed in only one session in the dentist’s chair, as they are simpler. They do have a shorter lifespan, as is evidenced in their price, and may only last a patient four to eight years. Not only is composite resin less costly, the fact that they are so much easier to apply makes a direct difference to the total cost.
What Determines The Cost Of Veneers?
The cost of your veneers is based on:
The type of veneer to be used
Porcelain is more expensive than composite resin.
What problems are the veneers addressing?
More veneers are more expensive.
Where are you based?
Areas that have a higher concentration of dental practitioners charge less because of the competition around them.
Who is handling your procedure?
More established dentists tend to charge higher fees than newer or younger dental practitioners who are trying to build their practices.
Will Veneers Improve My Smile?
Veneers are often used in cases where a patient’s smile has become yellow or grey and doesn’t respond to teeth whitening. In order to be eligible for dental veneers you do need to check some boxes.
- Exercise good oral health discipline
- Have teeth and gums in good health
- Still have a certain amount of enamel on their teeth
This is because some of the enamel needs to be worn down in order to accommodate the new veneers.
To find out more about porcelain veneers cost and what you should expect to budget for a brighter, whiter smile, please contact us for the closest available appointment: (02) 8188 4625.