Dental Veneers: How Much Do They Cost?

Dental Veneers: How Much Do They Cost? By Dr. Jon ( Junyi ) Ho | June 22, 2022

If you’re unhappy with your smile and are looking for a procedure to improve it, you’ve probably heard about dental veneers. Veneers are thin materials that cover tooth imperfections and enhance your smile.

Dental veneers are becoming a more popular choice these days, and you may be interested in choosing them to get your dream smile. But how much do you need to get them? You probably have questions about their cost before making a decision.

This blog post will discuss their average cost and the factors influencing the price of dental veneers. Keep reading to learn more!

What Are Dental Veneers?

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Dental veneers are cosmetic dentistry procedures that look like thin shells and are designed to bond to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are custom-made for every patient to ensure they are perfectly fit and comfortable in their mouth.

Veneers are made from tooth-coloured materials that can resemble the natural shade of real teeth. The dentist can help you find the right shade of white to match your face and skin tone and look natural.

This treatment aims to improve the appearance of teeth by changing their size, shape, and colour. Additionally, these shells can hide cosmetic concerns such as stained, chipped, uneven teeth, and excessive gaps between the teeth.

Porcelain, ceramic, and composite resin are dental veneers‘ most commonly used materials. The cost of getting these shells may vary depending on the type of material and other individual circumstances.

Dental Veneers Cost Comparison

Dental veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure, and as such, they can often be quite expensive. When checking out an actual cost, it’s best to consult with our experienced dentist to get more accurate details of your dental treatment. In this way, you can check your budget before undergoing the procedure.

The following are only the range cost of different types of dental veneers and these may be subject to change depending on individual circumstances.

  • Composite Veneers: $512 – $1450 (per tooth)
  • Porcelain Veneers: $1253 – $2,050 (per tooth)
  • Lumineers cost: $800-$2,000 (per tooth)
  • Removable veneers: $470-$600 (for both upper and lower teeth)

Dental veneers can be quite expensive and depend on several factors, including the type of veneer (porcelain or composite) and how many teeth require veneers. Generally, the price of porcelain veneers can be higher because of the durability of the material and its stain-resistant design. In comparison, composite veneers are cheaper than porcelain.

Why Are Dental Veneers Expensive?

Dental veneers are considered a cosmetic treatment that can dramatically enhance your look by masking tooth imperfections and improving the aesthetics of your teeth.

A few reasons why dental veneers are expensive is because of the process of application on each tooth surface. Typically, it requires attention to detail and much more effort from the dentist to ensure proper bonding. Such a level of skill contributes mainly to the overall cost of the dental procedure. Also, veneers are custom-fit for every patient and made from high-quality materials, so it is no surprise that they come at a higher price.

What Is the Process of Dental Veneers?

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The dental veneer procedure usually requires a minimum of two visits to the dental office. Generally, dental professionals may perform the application of veneers through the following steps:

  • The procedure of dental veneers begins with a consultation with your dentist to assess the condition of your teeth and mouth. They may take intraoral photographs and dental x-rays and complete an examination to determine if the veneers are right for you.

  • Your dentist will then prepare your teeth for the veneers. It includes removing a small amount of natural tooth enamel to make room for artificial teeth. Then, they will roughen up the surface of teeth so that the veneers can bond properly. This process involves administering local anaesthesia to make you comfortable the entire time.

  • Once your teeth are prepared, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth which will be used to create your custom veneers.

  • Your dentist will help you choose the shade that most closely resembles the colour of your natural teeth.

  • The impression of your teeth and the selected tooth shade will be sent to the dental lab to fabricate the dental veneers.

  • Depending on the case, your dentist will create a temporary veneer chairside that you may need to wear in the meantime.

  • During your next visit, your dentist will check the fit and shade and make any necessary adjustments once the dental veneers are back from the lab. Finally, they will bond the veneers to your teeth using special dental cement. You will then be able to enjoy your new, beautiful smile!

Is It Worth It To Get Veneers?

While dental veneers may be expensive, they can last for many years with proper care, and many patients feel the results are worth the investment.

Dental veneers can be a great option if you are looking for a significant change to your smile with less damage to your real teeth. They will typically look natural and not bulky over the front surface of your teeth. You can generally enjoy having a beautiful smile for many years as their average shelf life is around ten years and they can last much longer with good care. The only downside to veneers is that they can be pretty expensive, but overall, they can be a long-term investment in oral health while giving you a youthful look.

Other reasons that make dental veneers worthwhile are the following:

  • They can make discoloured teeth appear brighter.

  • The process is less invasive as it doesn’t require too much tooth reshaping.

  • They can provide a layer of protection.

  • It can change the shape, size, or length of the teeth.

  • Veneers can address dental issues such as crooked, misshapen teeth and slight misalignment.

How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

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The lifespan of dental veneers depends on the type of veneer you have. Generally, porcelain veneers last around 10 to 12 years, while composite resin veneers only last for 5 to 8 years.

Your oral hygiene and sometimes the habits you have will also affect how long they last. If you take good care of your veneers and brush and floss regularly, they will last longer. Otherwise, they won’t last as long and may need replacement.

Does Insurance cover Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are not typically covered by private health insurance. Mainly because they don’t usually provide benefits for cosmetic dentistry procedures. However, other insurance providers may offer coverage for veneers through extras policies. Most are under major dental and may be subject to certain conditions, such as a waiting period.

Most dental insurance plans will only cover a portion of the cost of veneers. They usually won’t cover the entire cost, so you’ll probably have to pay for at least part of the procedure yourself. We recommend checking your current plan with your insurance provider to determine if it provides any coverage for dental veneers.

Final Thoughts

The cost of dental veneers varies depending on a few factors. The material used is an important factor which contributes to the actual price. Additionally, veneers are custom-made to deliver an excellent result. The process involves effort and great attention to detail in their fabrication.

Porcelain and resin composite materials are both popular choices for dental veneers. However, porcelain is generally more expensive than composite resin. It is because they are stain-resistant, require less maintenance, and are made from durable materials. Yet, composite veneers can still be a great choice if you’re looking for a budget-friendly alternative.

If you are interested in getting dental veneers, we encourage you to call our clinic at (08) 9303 9770 or visit our website for more information. Our dentists at Darch Dental Centre would be happy to discuss your options with you and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to helping you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve!

Dr. Jon ( Junyi ) Ho

Dr. Jon is a Perth-based dentist who graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science in 2005 from the University of Western Australia. He has worked at a range of dental practices, including being a partner and principal dentist for a group of five dental surgeries in Sydney. Dr. Jon has been practising for over a decade in the northern suburbs of Perth. He provides treatment for patients in Darch, Madeley, Landsdale, Kingsway, Kingsley, Marangaroo, Alexander Heights, Wangara, Ellenbrook, and others.

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