What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain dental veneers are thin ceramic shells that are placed on the front of your tooth to disguise cosmetic flaws including severe discolouration, chipped, gapped crooked or broken teeth. Porcelain veneers offer the best way to achieve a bright, natural looking smile as the opalescent reflective nature of the ceramic mimics your natural tooth colour and lustre.
When applying the porcelain veneers, a small amount of enamel is shaved off the front of your tooth to make room for the veneer to sit flush in line with your other teeth.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
Compared to other dental treatments for correcting cosmetic flaws, receiving porcelain veneers is one of the most affordable and least invasive cosmetic options available. However, there is no standard cost for porcelain veneers, and the price of dental veneers can vary according to a variety of factors.
The Number of Teeth
Porcelain veneers are priced per tooth. So, the total cost of receiving porcelain veneers depends on the number of teeth that need to be covered. In most cases, a patient only needs one or two teeth covered but may opt to have veneers applied to their social six front teeth, so their smile appears even more natural.
The Level of Experience
The quality of the porcelain dental veneers depends significantly on the experience of the dentist.
Dentists with higher levels of experience with veneers tend to charge slightly more as you can expect a better result.
At Beyond 32 Dental, our dentists have extensive experience with applying porcelain veneers, so you get the best result possible.
Preparation of Teeth
In some cases, patients may need some additional treatment before receiving their porcelain veneers to repair cavities, or professional cleaning and scaling to remove tartar. This is necessary to ensure the veneers attach correctly and prevent damage and tooth decay later on. The amount of preparation needed will add to the overall cost of the porcelain veneer treatment.
After receiving porcelain veneers, some patients decide to undergo further treatment to improve the overall appearance of their smile. Often patients elect to get veneers that are one or two shades lighter than their tooth colour, then get a professional teeth whitening treatment applied to their natural teeth to obtain a bright, white smile. If you choose to get additional treatments to get the smile you have always wanted, this will add to the porcelain veneers cost.
Is the Price of Porcelain Veneers Covered by Medicare?
Unfortunately, cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain veneers are not covered by Medicare. Medicare only covers dental work if it is deemed a medical necessity or a dental emergency. However, some people are eligible for government dental subsidies if they meet specific concession criteria.
Can I Get Porcelain Veneers Through Private Insurance?
Whether you are covered for dental treatment through your private health fund depends on the level of coverage offered by your policy. Basic private health care often does not include dental coverage, but you may have some level of coverage under your extras policy. Check whether this includes cosmetic treatments.
If you are covered for porcelain veneers through your health fund, at Beyond 32 Dental, we offer HICAPS so that you can claim the price of dental veneers on the spot, so you only have to pay a gap after you receive your rebate.
Affordable Porcelain Veneers at Beyond 32 Dental
At Beyond 32 Dental, we believe that all our patients deserve to have the smile of their dreams, so to help you get a brighter, straighter smile with porcelain veneers we offer a range of payment plans to suit your budget. Call our office on (02) 9158 6334 to inquire about the payment plans we have available.
Although porcelain veneers cost slightly more than other types of dental veneers, it is a worthwhile investment to give you a beautiful smile that you will be proud to show off. If you are interested in receiving porcelain veneers, call Beyond 32 Dental today to make an appointment with our experienced cosmetic dentists, so we can help give you something to smile about.