Veneers are Expensive - Are they worth it?
Getting dental veneers may at first appear to be an expensive option at a cost of up to a couple of thousand dollars a tooth. However, as a long-term investment in an amazing smile, veneers can be cost-effective in the long run, lasting up to 20 years before needing replacement.
29 April 2021
Cost of Veneers
Besides high-tech materials, the cost of porcelain veneers also includes the clinical and aesthetic expertise of your dentist and precision crafting of your custom-made veneers in a dental lab.
All of this means that porcelain veneers provide multiple benefits if you’re looking for a smile transformation.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
When fixed onto the front surface of a tooth, a porcelain veneer provides a robust, hard-wearing material that can last for seven to 20 years, with the effects of everyday activities like eating being transferred from the veneer onto the strong structure of the tooth itself.
The solid glass-like properties of porcelain veneers resist everyday wear and tear resolutely and will remain unaffected by temperature changes through factors such as hot and cold drinks.
Porcelain veneers offer several other benefits, including:
- Minimal preparation of teeth.
- Stain resistance.
- Protecting teeth from further damage.
Problems Veneers Can Correct
Because porcelain veneers reflect light in the same way as natural teeth, they’re able to make dark teeth appear lighter.
Other issues veneers can address include:
- Worn teeth.
- Chipped teeth.
- Misshapen teeth.
- Gapped teeth.
- Crowded teeth.
- Slightly misaligned teeth.
Porcelain Veneers Vs Composite Veneers
While porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years, composite veneers typically need replacing after just four to eight years, so may end up costing you more in the long term.
While porcelain is fragile in many forms, when dental ceramic is bonded to a tooth it becomes extremely durable. Composite is also durable but not as strong as porcelain and is more susceptible to chipping.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
The cost of veneer treatment depends on considerations such as:
- The number of teeth being treated.
- How natural you want your veneers to look.
- The level of skill and experience of your dentist and their dental lab.
Porcelain veneers are more expensive than their composite counterparts but last longer and result in a more natural appearance.
It may be tempting to save money by choosing a less expensive veneers provider but bear in mind you get what you pay for. Cheap veneers may be an indication of cutting corners in quality of treatment and/or materials.
On the other hand, most people consider that finding a porcelain veneers specialist who uses quality materials and has access to dental lab expertise is a smile investment well worth the cost.
Veneers at Porcelain Veneers Sydney cost from $1,200 to $1,500 per tooth, with interest-free payment plans available at £100 a week.