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
When it comes to porcelain veneers, the process by which dentists apply these thin porcelain shells over the front surfaces of teeth is critical for achieving good results.
The first step in the porcelain veneer procedure is to prepare the tooth surface, which involves removing a small amount of enamel from the front side of each tooth to be treated. This allows the porcelain veneers to have a solid foundation for the best possible results and to help ensure that they will last over time.
Then, once this mould has been created and sent to a dental lab for fabrication, your dentist will bond each porcelain veneer onto your teeth using a strong adhesive material. In this way, porcelain veneers can help to restore both the original appearance and function of your smile.
What Can I Expect Following Dental Veneer Treatment?
When you undergo dental veneer treatment, you can expect a number of positive results. For one, veneers are highly customisable, allowing your dentist to create a perfect match for the teeth in your smile.
Not only will this help to ensure that your new veneers look natural, flawless and beautiful, but it will also help to minimise any discomfort or sensitivity that may be caused by moving your existing teeth into place.
Additionally, veneers are strong and durable, making them a great choice for those looking for a long-lasting fix for commonly occurring dental issues such as cracks and chips. Finally, by covering the entirety of the treated tooth surface, veneers help to reduce the risk of damaging that particular tooth in the future.
There is often some degree of a recovery period following the placement of dental veneers. This typically involves some initial discomfort as the tissue adjusts to having the thin shell bonded over it, and can also include minor bleeding or sensitivity in the first few days after the procedure.
In most cases, however, this discomfort tends to subside after about a week or two, and with proper care, most people will see their full results within 4-6 weeks.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers depends on a number of factors, including the extent of the work and how complex the procedure will be. Dentistry On Solent offers affordable dental veneers and payment plans are available to make the cost more manageable.
If you are considering porcelain veneers, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our experienced team so we can assess your individual needs and give you an accurate estimate of the cost. We are confident that we can provide you with the high-quality care and beautiful results you deserve.
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.