If you have stained, crooked or chipped teeth, porcelain veneers can give you the smile of your dreams without the need for lengthy teeth straightening treatments. But many patients wonder: how much do porcelain veneers cost? There are many factors that contribute to the total cost, but the price of dental veneers may be more affordable than you think.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain dental veneers are a wafer-thin shell made from ceramic that is applied to the front of your tooth to correct cosmetic flaws. Some of the conditions porcelain veneers can mask include severe discolouration, minor gapping, crookedness, chips and worn down teeth.
Porcelain veneers offer the most natural-looking way to cosmetically improve your smile due to the opalescent lustre of the ceramic that mimics the look of your teeth.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
After a primary consultation during which your mouth is manually and digitally examined to determine whether you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, your dentist will colour match the veneers to your teeth to create a seamless appearance.
A small amount of enamel is then removed from your tooth to accommodate the ceramic shell. Porcelain dental veneers are a permanent restoration and cannot be reversed.
A digital scan is taken of your tooth or teeth and the data is sent to an off-site laboratory along with your tooth colour so the veneer can be fabricated. Your dentist will fit you for a temporary veneer until your permanent one is ready.
At your next appointment the permanent veneer is cemented in place with a bonding agent and final adjustments are made to create a beautiful natural smile.
Factors That Contribute to the Price of Dental Veneers
The total porcelain veneers cost differs for each patient depending on a variety of factors including:
The number of teeth treated
Porcelain dental veneers are priced per tooth. The more teeth you have treated the higher the overall cost of the dental veneer procedure. Most patients only request veneers for 1-2 teeth. However, it’s not uncommon to have a full or partial arch, especially the social six front teeth, restored with porcelain veneers.
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, the skills and experience of your dentist play an important role in the final results. The techniques needed to create a natural-looking smile with veneers requires years of training and performing successful veneer procedures.
Depending on the health and condition of your teeth and gums, you may need professional cleaning and scaling to remove plaque and tartar, or a filling to restore your tooth to optimum health. For porcelain veneers to bond successfully, you need to have good overall oral health to prevent future dental issues. The amount of tooth preparation required impacts the over porcelain veneers cost.
Many patients choose to have teeth whitening treatment in addition to getting porcelain veneers to help them achieve the whitest smile possible. This is often performed before the porcelain veneers are fabricated to obtain a consistent shade as the ceramic material cannot be whitened after placement.
For anxious patients, conscious sedation is a great option to help the porcelain veneer procedure go smoothly. While the procedure is generally performed under local anaesthetic, conscious sedation puts you into a state of deep relaxation to help manage your dental phobia.
Does Medicare Cover the Price of Dental Veneers?
Only people in certain income brackets who are eligible for government concessions are covered for limited dental treatments under Medicare. This includes the placement of porcelain veneers if it is deemed a medical necessity by both your physician and dentist. However, in general, Medicare does not cover the cost of any type of general, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry.
Are Porcelain Veneers Covered by Private Health Insurance?
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic procedure and are typically not covered by most standard health insurance policies. However, if you have extras coverage or pay an additional premium, you may be eligible for full or partial coverage for cosmetic procedures.
Consult your health fund policy and provider for details to determine whether your coverage includes porcelain veneers. You should also find out if your health insurance policy has a mandatory waiting period for cosmetic procedures which could prevent you from making a claim immediately after treatment.
At Dentistry in Solent, we offer HICAPS terminals so you can claim the porcelain veneers cost immediately.
How Can I Finance my Porcelain Veneers Procedure?
At Dentistry on Solent, we believe that everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile so we offer a payment plan through MiFind that enables you to get your treatment and pay off the porcelain veneers cost in affordable monthly installments.
We provide you with a treatment plan quote after your initial consultation which you can use to fill out the online application. You have the option to combine the payment plan with your insurance policy to pay the gap, or pay off the whole cost of the treatment using a MiFund plan.
Choose High-Quality, Affordable Porcelain Veneers at Dentistry on Solent
Porcelain veneers are a fast and effective alternative to teeth straightening treatment to help you achieve a stunning smile. At Dentistry on Solent, we use the latest technology and techniques to create long-lasting porcelain veneers that blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Contact us on (02) 9158 6137 to book your consultation and to find out how porcelain veneers can improve your smile and boost your confidence.