There’s no question about it: For someone who values life, a good set of teeth might well be worth a million dollars!

Whether you are an extrovert who enjoys socialising and interacting with people, or whether you prefer a life of quiet solitude, having that perfect smile or having a fully-functional set of teeth can be quite the reward.

Life isn’t always so rewarding though, and sometimes we aren’t all lucky to have teeth that give us that million-dollar smile. Thanks to affordable dental veneers, all that has changed. This short article will outline exactly what dental veneers are, what you can expect and provide you with dental veneers costs in Australia.



What Are Dental Veneers?

With the cost of dental veneers driven so low (thanks to technological innovations) more people are now looking at them as a viable alternate to their dental issues.

So what exactly are dental veneers?

They are ceramic (usually Porcelain) or other composite resin-based ultra-thin shells, which are affixed onto the front of the patients’ teeth.

The simplicity of the procedure involved means that it is not only cheap to undergo, but requires from little to no anesthesia to perform.

Many patients ask: “are the durable?” and the answer is yes: once affixed, veneers will handle most, if not all, of the forces that they will be subject through from a normal diet.

The result: A set of teeth that deliver a beaming new smile while also being fully functional!


Why Choose Dental Veneers?

It used to be that veneers were only affordable to Hollywood stars or those associated with show business.

With affordability no longer a barrier, dental veneers are now used to address a vast array of dental challenges, including:

  • Malformed teeth – Individuals with broken, chipped or severely worn off teeth are ideal candidates for dental veneers

  • Discoloured teeth – Thanks to the amazing properties of the veneer materials, veneers can be constructed in a way that they completely hide discolouration of teeth. And where one has only a few discoloured teeth, veneers can be used to blend the bad teeth to the colour of their healthier neighbours

  • Unsightly teeth gaps – Some individuals have irregular gaps between teeth which makes their smiles seem unsightly. With veneers, dental specialists can fill those gaps to make the teeth look completely naturally spaced

  • Crooked teethTeeth that have irregular shapes, are crooked or improperly positioned can be masked with the help of veneers. The result is an amazingly even set of teeth that look perfectly shaped and aligned with the rest of the teeth

  • In some instances, veneers can serve as a better alternate for patients who may be considering dental crowns. And because they last for a long time, are relatively cheaper and comparably painless (compared to other dental procedures) to install, they make the ideal choice for dealing with a number of dental issues.

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Dental Veneers Cost

Like most dental procedures, asking “how much do veneers cost” is like asking “how long is a piece of string?” – the answer is never a simple one because there are lots of variable involved, and one patient is totally different from the next.

Taking this into consideration, the cost for dental veneers varies depending on several factors, which we have outlined in the table below.

Factor Influencing Costs

COST FACTOR

MORE OR LESS COSTLY?

1. Type of veneer

Porcelain - more costly
Composite - Less costly

2. Issue Being Addressed

More costly: Larger numbers of teeth for which veneers are required

3. Your Location

Less costly: In areas where there are more surgeons practicing (think Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Perth)

4. Your Practitioners Skill & Experience

Less costly: Dental offices that have recently started their practice, or those looking to establish themselves within a community

But wait a minute – you haven’t even begun to think about seeing a dentist yet, have you?

So there is a good chance that you have no idea what factors will come into play with your situation….

All we can really do is give you a ballpark figure – then you will know what high quote, and what a low quote is on the spectrum of costs.

What Costs Do I Need To Consider?

While there are “no prep” or “low prep” options that can fit patients in a single appointment,veneers often require 2 to 3 sessions, following an initial consultation, with the dentist.

Here is what you can expect:

APPOINTMENT

DESCRIPTION

First appointment - Initial consultation

For a smile assessment and discussions around options available

Second appointment - Preparation

Including filing of teeth (where needed), preparation of moulds (for building permanent veneers) and installation of temporary veneers

Third appointment (s) - Fitting

Includes trial/testing of the veneers

Fourth appointment (s) - Installation

Adjustments and permanent cementation of the Veneers

Depending on where they are purchased, and which dentist is performing the procedure, Veneers can cost anywhere between $650 and $2000 each.

The number of teeth requiring veneers as well as the type of veneer required must then be factored into the overall cost.

Here is a rough estimate of the typical costs involved with porcelain veneers.

Porcelain Veneers Cost:

Porcelain Veneers

Single Veneer

Two Veneers

Four Veneers

Six Veneers

Appointment 1: Initial consultation

$180-$200

$180-$200

$180-$200

$180-$200

Appointment 2: Preparation - A 50% deposit is usually required

$600-$650

$1,200-$1,300

$2,150-$2,250

$3,100-$3,200

Appointment 3: Fit and Check - The balance 50% is expected to be paid

$600-$650

$1,200-$1,300

$2,150-$2,250

$3,100-$3,200

Appointment 4: Final Installation

No cost

No cost

No cost

No cost

Total cost of Porcelain Veneers

$1,200-$1,300

$2,400-$2,600

$4,300-$4,500

$6,200-$6,400

Composite Veneers are a less costly option, and can usually be installed within two sessions following the initial consultation visit.

Composite Veneers Cost:

Composite Veneers Cost

Single Veneer

Two Veneers

Four Veneers

Six Veneers

Appointment 1: Initial consultation

$180-$200

$180-$200

$180-$200

$180-$200

Appointment 2: Preparation - A 50% deposit is usually required

$240-$250

$470-$500

$825-$850

$1,175-$1,200

Appointment 3: Fitting/Installation

$240-$250

$470-$500

$825-$850

$1,175-$1,200

Total cost of Composite Veneers

$480-$500

$940-$1,000

$1,650-$1,700

$2,350-$2,400


Dental Veneer Costs In Thailand

Depending on the type of veneer one opts for in Thailand, cost may vary anywhere between 4,000 to 15,000 Thai Baht per veneer.

Using the current currency rate of approximately 0.037 Australian dollar to 1 Baht, that would roughly equate to $148 and $555 per veneer in Australian dollars.

Thailand Veneers Cost Guide:

Type Of Veneer

Cost Of Veneer (AUD equivalent)

Initial oral exam

$10

Porcelain

$296 - $555

Composite

$148 - $222

Note :These costs would be in addition to costs for travel and accommodation that one would need to factor into the equation.

It may be advisable to plan for at least a 4 to 6 day trip in order to ensure that you are able to deal with any additional visits/consultations that might be necessary.

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More and More Australians are heading to Thailand to have expensive dental work done at a fraction of the cost. Read our tips on dental tourism here before you consider doing the same


GIVING YOUR SMILE A PRICELESS VENEER

Your smile might very well be worth a million dollars to you, but you don’t really have to spend a million to restore it.

For just a fraction of what a beautiful smile is worth, you can start living life to its fullest with Dental Veneers. They’re functional and they’re effective, but most of all they are an extremely affordable way to put that million-dollar smile back on your face!


For More information about dental cost's in Australia relating to major procedures, visit the Dental Guide Australia homepage here, or visit the blog for tips and dental advice.