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Dental Veneers: Treatment & Costs

Dental veneers are becoming increasingly popular for their ability to repair, protect and enhance the overall appearance of teeth. This simple procedure leaves patients with stronger teeth and a beautiful, smile. Whether you are looking to repair a chipped or worn tooth or you simply dream of attaining the perfect smile, Smile approved dentists provide affordable dental veneers treatment to help you achieve your goals.

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What is a Dental Veneer?

A dental veneer is a thin, custom-made covering that is placed over the front of the tooth. Veneers can be applied in a simple procedure that only requires a few visits. Dental veneers are popular for restoring the strength and appearance of teeth that may be:

  • Crooked
  • Poorly shaped
  • Gapped
  • Discoloured
  • Chipped or worn
  • Cracked or broken.

Generally used as a cosmetic dental treatment, veneers are perfect for patients whose teeth are naturally yellow or have a grey cast and can’t achieve a white smile with bleaching. They are also a solution for patients suffering from a chip or crack in their tooth to repair the shape and protect the tooth from further problems.

Types of Dental Veneers

There are two main types of dental veneers available. The material you choose to use for your veneers is dependent on your individual desires and budget.

Composite Resin Veneers

Composite resin veneers are usually placed on the tooth in just one appointment. Once the tooth has been reshaped for the veneer, the dentist bonds and shapes the composite material to best match your teeth. A special light is then used to harden the material and the veneer is smoothed to look like a natural tooth.

While these are a more affordable option than porcelain veneers, they last 4-8 years and require more maintenance as they are more prone to chipping.

Porcelain Veneers

A more durable and longer-lasting option, porcelain veneers can last 12-25 years and rarely require maintenance. The dentist will make an impression of your prepared teeth and send them to a laboratory, where they can replicate the shape for your veneers.

Once they have been made, the dentist will ask you back to the practice so they can ensure the veneers are the perfect shape, fit and colour-match for your teeth. Dental cement is then used to bond the veneers to the teeth.

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Why Choose Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are a popular choice due to their low maintenance and the need for relatively little changes to be made to the existing teeth. They generally require less removal of the tooth enamel than dental crowns, and good oral hygiene is the only maintenance required (unless chipping occurs) once they have been bonded to the teeth.

Dental Veneer Costs

The price of dental veneers is dependent on your individual case and the materials used to make your veneers. Smile members are guaranteed to save at least 15% on all dental procedures in comparison to regular patients.

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Dental Veneers Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceQueensland
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
526Adhesive Restoration - Veneer - Anterior Tooth - Direct$343 - $540$280
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$84 - $152$68
Total Cost$427 - $692$348

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That's an estimated saving of $79 - $344!

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Dental Veneers Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceAustralian Capital Territory
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
526Adhesive Restoration - Veneer - Anterior Tooth - Direct$386 - $475$332
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$84 - $120$70
Total Cost$470 - $595$402

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That's an estimated saving of $68 - $193!

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Dental Veneers Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceNew South Wales
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
526Adhesive Restoration - Veneer - Anterior Tooth - Direct$339 - $540$280
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$82 - $150$68
Total Cost$421 - $690$348

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That's an estimated saving of $73 - $342!

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Dental Veneers Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceWestern Australia
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
526Adhesive Restoration - Veneer - Anterior Tooth - Direct$314 - $510$270
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$94 - $150$80
Total Cost$408 - $660$350

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Dental Veneers Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceTasmania
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
526Adhesive Restoration - Veneer - Anterior Tooth - Direct$367 - $420$297
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$90 - $114$66
Total Cost$457 - $534$363

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Dental Veneers Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceNorthern Territory
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
526Adhesive Restoration - Veneer - Anterior Tooth - Direct$471 - $545$382
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$96 - $124$124
Total Cost$567 - $669$506

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That's an estimated saving of $61 - $163!

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Dental Veneers Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceVictoria
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
526Adhesive Restoration - Veneer - Anterior Tooth - Direct$358 - $545$297
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$88 - $158$82
Total Cost$446 - $703$379

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That's an estimated saving of $67 - $324!

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Dental Veneers Costs Comparison

Item No.Dental serviceSouth Australia
Regular patients pay

Example Smile fees
526Adhesive Restoration - Veneer - Anterior Tooth - Direct$314 - $500$270
578 x 2Restoration Incisal Corner - Per Corner$76 - $136$66
Total Cost$390 - $636$336

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Important Notes on Dental Fees
Last Updated: 5 July 2016
Source: Australian Dental Association's (ADA) annual dental fee survey conducted in October 2015.
Regular Patients Pay: The fee non-members 'could be charged' when visiting a regular dentist.
Members Pay: Members pay no more than this fee (the fee may be less) when visiting an approved dentist.
* This Dental Fee Example is a guide only. Your personal situation should be discussed with your approved dentist.
** You may require fewer or additional dental services which may increase or decrease the total cost.
*** This fee will vary depending on the approved dentist visited & will be reduced by 15% off the practice fee.


What Impacts the Costs of Veneers?

The price of dental veneers can differ depending on several factors. Factors that can affect the cost can include which material you choose for your veneers and the location of the tooth receiving the veneer. For example, composite veneers are a more affordable option than porcelain veneers, and often having a veneer applied to a front tooth costs more than that of a less visible tooth. The location that you choose to receive treatment will also affect the cost of dental veneers.

Why Should I Avoid Cheap Veneers?

When it comes to dental treatment, cutting corners and opting for a cheaper option can sometimes cost you more in the long run. Choosing a cheap veneer will often lead to issues such as:

  • An ill fit, leading to further dentist visits in an attempt to reshape the veneer
  • Being more prone to chipping and damage, leading to maintenance or replacement
  • A less natural looking smile, due to the lower quality being more obvious amongst the surrounding teeth.

It is always a better option to choose a high-quality, reliable solution for your dental treatment rather than choosing a treatment based solely on the price. Cheap veneers can often lead to costly maintenance and ongoing dentist visits, as well as the embarrassment of appearing more noticeable and less natural.

Are There Any Alternatives or Less Permanent Solutions?

Once the enamel of the tooth has been reshaped and prepared for a dental veneer, this is irreversible. For this reason, some patients may like to consider alternative, less permanent treatments, such as teeth whitening or dental bonding.

Teeth Whitening

If you are simply experiencing discolouration and you would like to brighten your smile, you may like to consider teeth whitening. In-practice teeth whitening products that are applied by a dental professional can give you fast results for a beaming smile.

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Dental Bonding

Similar to dental veneers, dental bonding helps to improve the appearance of chipped or undesirably shaped teeth. While a roughing and shaping of your tooth is required, dental bonding is a reversible treatment.

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