Do you have stained, crooked, or chipped teeth and want to achieve a beautiful, straight smile? Porcelain veneers can offer you a natural-looking smile without the need for lengthy teeth straightening procedures. The price of dental veneers can vary depending on a number of factors.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain dental veneers are a wafer-thin tooth-coloured and stain-resistant shell that is placed over the front of your tooth to give the appearance of a naturally straight, white teeth.
The opalescent sheen of the porcelain enables the veneers to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Your Sans Souci dentist shapes the veneers to fit your mouth perfectly to give you a straight, white smile, masking any imperfections.
What Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
Several things can affect the cost of porcelain dental veneers. These include:
The Number of Veneers
Porcelain veneers are priced by tooth. You can choose to get one veneer or several, but the greater the number of teeth that require veneers, the higher the overall cost.
Before the dentist can apply the veneers, your teeth may require professional deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup, which can damage the tooth underneath the veneer. You may also require fillings to remove tooth decay and fill in cavities.
Choice of Anaesthesia
Before your veneers are applied, a small amount of enamel is removed from the tooth to make room for the veneer to sit flush with the rest of your teeth and to help them adhere. Your dentist administers a local anaesthetic to help reduce any discomfort. However, for anxious patients, we also offer nitrous oxide inhalation sedation (happy gas).
In some cases, patients choose veneers a shade or two lighter than their natural tooth colour. Then, following the procedure for porcelain dental veneers, they undergo professional teeth whitening, so their natural teeth match their veneers.
Does Medicare Cover the Price of Dental Veneers?
Unfortunately, dental veneers are considered a cosmetic dental procedure and are not covered by Medicare. The exception is if your veneers are deemed a medical emergency, then Medicare may cover part of the porcelain veneers cost.
Are Porcelain Dental Veneers Covered by Private Insurance?
The level of dental coverage depends on your health fund and policy. Many basic policy packages cover minor dental procedures such as fillings and cleanings. These procedures are often needed before applying the veneers.
However, most policies do not cover cosmetic dental procedures. You can apply for more coverage from your health fund but be aware that there may be an additional waiting period before you can claim the porcelain veneers cost.
Affordable Porcelain Veneers at San Souci Dental
Porcelain veneers are an excellent cosmetic alternative to teeth straightening procedures to help you achieve a winning smile. If you are interested in getting porcelain veneers, call us at San Souci Dental on (02) 8073 9218 to speak with our friendly and experienced staff about how we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.