Definitive Guide To Veneers Cost in Australia for 2021

Veneers are an affordable dental option that can be a quick fix! Not only do they look great, but veneers also help to protect the teeth from damage. With so many benefits of this treatment, it’s no surprise that more Australians are opting for veneers. 

If you’ve been putting off getting veneers, or have been looking into the cost of them, then this blog post is for you. First, let’s explore how much veneers cost and what to expect if you’re planning on getting some done.  

What are veneers?

When you want the perfect shaped teeth, dental veneers can be a great option. They are thin covers that adhere to your teeth and give them a more classically curved shape or size. Veneers may also be used for cosmetic purposes such as correcting chipped, broken or discoloured teeth. In addition, it’s a more cost-effective and less invasive option than crowns for people with broken, heavily decayed teeth. Veneers also allow you to keep the natural look of your smile by mimicking real tooth enamel in appearance or colour.

Porcelain veneers and composite veneers are both great tooth-saving solutions. Porcelain is more durable than composites, but the latter tend to be cheaper for people who want a quick fix. So the choice between porcelain or composite comes down to your personal preference.

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Types of veneers

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are a breakthrough type of tooth covering that uses composite resin. It’s a less invasive way to get the perfect smile you always wanted. Composite resin is bonded onto your teeth and shaped into the desired form, then polished. You may only need light preparation before composite application.

One of the benefits of composite veneers is that they are a cheaper alternative, costing less than porcelain veneers. However, the downside is that their material can be weaker and more likely to chip or break easily. As such, one might need these fixed frequently compared to traditional porcelain veneer options that have an extended life span.

There are two types of composite veneers: direct composite veneers and indirect composite veneers

Direct composite veneers are so much easier to deal with than traditional porcelain veneers. They are thin, translucent pieces made of a composite resin material that covers your teeth. As a result, they require shorter preparation times and can be applied in just one visit to the dentist.

One significant difference between direct and indirect composite veneers is the application process. Your teeth are prepped just as they would be for a set of direct composite veneers, but rather than being applied directly to your teeth, these are custom made “indirectly” outside of the mouth by either in your dentist’s office or a laboratory. You’ll receive a temporary set until it’s time when you can come back to have them permanently put on. These more durable against abrasions and fractures than the direct version. However, they tend to cost quite a bit more than their counterparts.

Composite veneers could cost you anywhere from $250 to $1,500 per tooth. The total price will depend on how many teeth are being covered and whether they are just for cosmetic purposes or if the dental work is necessary. For example, suppose you’re trying to improve your smile’s appearance and not fix any issues with a damaged tooth. In that case, the chances are that you’ll have to pay for the entire bill yourself. This process is considered cosmetic dentistry by insurance companies, so they won’t cover it. However, suppose there’s an issue such as damage or decay on one of your teeth. In that case, some aspects may be covered by dental insurance, depending on your plan.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers provide a more natural appearance and are the perfect solution for a wide variety of dental issues without an invasive procedure. It includes: gaps between teeth, missing teeth, chipped or broken enamel and stained or discoloured tooth. However, it is important to know that they require a lot of care when considering dental veneers. Porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years with proper treatment and upkeep. However, it still needs gentle brushing at least twice each day and regular flossing to maintain the longevity of these beautiful teeth.

The process is customized to your treatment needs and includes several steps. First, you will have the surface of your teeth ground down so that they are thinner and prepared for the veneer. Your dentist will then create impressions of your teeth and send them off to a dental lab to be made into porcelain shells. Next, your dentist may make temporary acrylic ones while waiting for the custom porcelain from a dental lab. Veneers typically take about 2-4 weeks before being ready. At this point, you’ll return to replace them with the new permanent set.

Veneers are not usually covered by insurance, but many dentists offer discounts for multiple teeth. The price can vary from $1,600 to $2,500 per tooth on average.

How do veneers work and improve your smile?

With the invention of veneers, you can hide imperfections in your teeth and give yourself a perfect smile. Veneers are a cosmetic solution for any dental problems, from stained teeth to gaps in the front. But what sets them apart is their ability to cover up imperfections and make you want to smile wide because they improve your appearance so much! Thin shells that fit perfectly on top of your teeth with colours perfect enough not only to match but look natural too.

How much do veneers cost in Australia? 

Depending on where you purchase them and the dentist applying the procedure, dental veneers will vary in price. In addition, the type of material it’s made from (porcelain or composite) and how many teeth require work can play a role in determining the cost per tooth at your dentist office.

Here’s an estimated cost of veneers in Australia:

StateType Of VeneersItem No.Type Of ServiceCost
QueenslandComposite Veneer526Adhesive Restoration – Veneer – Anterior Tooth – Direct$350 – $578
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner – Per Corner$78 – $128
Porcelain Veneer556Tooth-coloured Restoration – Veneer – Indirect$1200 – $1817
VictoriaComposite Veneer526Adhesive Restoration – Veneer – Anterior Tooth – Direct$386 – $600
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner – Per Corner$84 – $236
Porcelain Veneer556Tooth-coloured Restoration – Veneer – Indirect$1200 – $1817
New South WalesComposite Veneer526Adhesive Restoration – Veneer – Anterior Tooth – Direct$361 – $650
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner – Per Corner$80 – $154
Porcelain Veneer556Tooth-coloured Restoration – Veneer – Indirect$1200 – $1817
South AustraliaComposite Veneer526Adhesive Restoration – Veneer – Anterior Tooth – Direct$335 – $530
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner – Per Corner$75 – $116
Porcelain Veneer556Tooth-coloured Restoration – Veneer – Indirect$1200 – $1817
Western AustraliaComposite Veneer526Adhesive Restoration – Veneer – Anterior Tooth – Direct$350 – $578
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner – Per Corner$78 – $128
Porcelain Veneer556Tooth-coloured Restoration – Veneer – Indirect$1200 – $1817
Northern TerritoryComposite Veneer526Adhesive Restoration – Veneer – Anterior Tooth – Direct$350 – $578
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner – Per Corner$78 – $128
Porcelain Veneer556Tooth-coloured Restoration – Veneer – Indirect$1200 – $1817
TazmaniaComposite Veneer526Adhesive Restoration – Veneer – Anterior Tooth – Direct$350 – $578
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner – Per Corner$78 – $128
Porcelain Veneer556Tooth-coloured Restoration – Veneer – Indirect$1200 – $1817
ACTComposite Veneer526Adhesive Restoration – Veneer – Anterior Tooth – Direct$350 – $578
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner – Per Corner$78 – $128
Porcelain Veneer578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner – Per Corner$1200 – $1817

Source: ADA annual dental survey conducted in October 2018.

This example is a guide only.

How much does a full set of veneers cost?

The cost of dental veneers is determined by the type of veneer, which dentist is performing the procedure, and how many teeth required. Patients often get a discount if they buy the full set. But, of course, it is costly and can cost between $10,000 to $40,000 or more.

Does insurance cover the cost of veneers?

One of the drawbacks to veneers is that they are expensive. Dental Insurance typically only covers medically necessary treatments, and veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure. Hence, the cost is not something that insurance covers. 

Does Medicare cover the cost of veneers?

Medicare will not cover the cost of veneers, and unfortunately, there is no way around it. There are only a few essential procedures that Medicare covers for dental treatments, such as checkups, cleanings, and fillings.

Are veneers worth getting?

If your teeth have been discoloured, damaged or crooked and you’re looking to improve your smile, veneers are a cosmetic way to get that brand new look and great confidence. They only need an annual checkup from a dentist for their upkeep. But it’s important to remember: veneers come at quite the cost, but they can last up to 10 – 15 years for porcelain ones, so they’re worth every penny if you want something long-lasting. However, it doesn’t address underlying issues with oral health.

It is important that before undergoing treatment that patients consult experienced dentists who will be able to discuss all options available as well as give them their best recommendation on which procedure would work better for them based upon factors like lifestyle preferences.

Final Thoughts

If you’re considering getting a veneer, the price can be a factor in whether or not you decide to have them done. Veneers are expensive and might seem like an unnecessary luxury. Peel Dental Studio understands that it can be hard to decide whether or not a costly procedure is worth it. We want to help make your decision easier. We can help determine what type of treatment plan would suit your needs best and provide honest estimates about how much it may cost upfront. We offer free consultations, so you don’t have any out-of-pocket expenses until after deciding if our services are right for you. Our staff will work with you on a plan of action that fits into your budget as well as what’s best for your teeth and oral health needs. Why not take advantage of this opportunity? Contact us today!

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Dr. Bailey formerly served on the Australian Dental Association as President, Vice President Treasurer and Country Councillor. He was on the Australian Dental Association Federal Council and has always been keen to give back to the profession that has been his life. He has tutored student dentists at the Oral Health Centre in Perth.