A winning smile is the confidence boost that everyone needs, but not all people are fortunate to have a set of straight, pearly white teeth. Veneers offer a simple solution to disguising dental flaws to help you achieve a beautiful smile. Read on to learn about what types of veneers are available and how much veneers cost in Australia.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are a permanent cosmetic dental treatment that uses a thin layer of either porcelain or composite material that is bonded to the front of your teeth to disguise flaws such as tooth discolouration, crooked or gapped teeth.
Why Choose Veneers?
Unlike other cosmetic dental procedures, veneers offer an easy, minimally-invasive, and relatively pain-free way to achieve a winning smile. Veneers can disguise a range of dental flaws from crooked and gapped teeth, to discolouration and poorly shaped teeth.
Types of Veneers
The total cost of veneers in Australia largely depends on the veneers you wish to use. There are two types of veneers to choose from each offering different benefits.
Porcelain veneers are the traditional style of veneers and have been used for decades to create natural-looking opalescent smile. They are composed of a thin, but strong porcelain shell which is applied to the outside of the tooth with dental adhesive then shaped to fit. Porcelain veneers are suitable for covering a wide range of tooth problems and can last from 10 -15 years if properly cared for.
Composite veneers are a more affordable option for disguising flaws. The material is created and applied on-site by the dentist rather than at the lab, and unlike porcelain veneers, they can be applied in a single session.
Composite veneers are composed of a tooth-coloured resin that is applied directly to the tooth without the need for adhesives and then exposed to a special light to harden.
Composite veneers, while effective, may be unsuitable for covering more severe flaws and do not last as long as porcelain veneers. They are not stain-resistant and are more prone to damage than porcelain veneers, which may incur additional costs for repair or replacement. They are, however, reversible because the tooth requires less shaping during preparation.
Cost of Veneers in Australia
Veneers are an affordable option for correcting the appearance of your smile. However, the cost of your veneers depends on the number of teeth that will be receiving treatment and the kind of veneers used.
Porcelain veneers cost more than composite veneers, but typically last longer and offer a more natural-looking appearance.
In addition to the porcelain veneers cost, there are some other costs that you need to consider:
- The cost of the initial consultation for an assessment and discussion of your options.
- The preparation of your teeth which may include additional procedures such as contouring
- The preparation of the moulds and the fitting for temporary veneers.
- Fitting and trialing the permanent veneers.
- Cementing and shaping of the permanent veneers.
Does Medicare Cover the Cost of Veneers?
People eligible for Medicare are only covered for specific essential dental procedures such as check-ups, cleanings, and fillings and not for any cosmetic dental treatments. This means that unfortunately, Medicare will not cover the cost of veneers.
However, there are some government funded dental programs that can subsidise the cost of dental procedures for people who are eligible for certain government concessions. Check your state dental scheme for information on whether you may be eligible to be covered in part or in full for your veneers.
Does my Insurance Cover the Cost of Veneers?
Most insurance providers do not provide standalone dental coverage, but general dental treatments are offered through extras coverage for an additional premium. However, veneers are typically considered under the category Major Dental, which requires a higher level of coverage. Talk to your insurance provider to find out exactly which dental procedures your policy covers.
There are still usually some out-of-pocket costs, and there may be a waiting period before you can make your claim.
Age, genetics, injury and general wear and tear can leave you with a flawed smile. Veneers are a great alternative to other more invasive cosmetic dental procedures to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. If you are interested in having veneers applied, make an appointment with a member of our team at Scott Street Dental Care on (02) 9158 6393 to discuss your veneer options.