Composite veneers are generally used to improve the shape, colour, texture and size of teeth and make them look beautiful. Veneers can also be used to fix teeth with cracks or minor chips. To make composite veneers, a composite material is applied to the surfaces of teeth and then sculpted to the wanted shape. Composite veneers differ from porcelain not only in terms of price, but also in terms of technique and time needed. Unlike porcelain veneers, the composite ones may require some or no tooth reduction and can usually be done in a single dentist visit.
The composite veneers cost is anywhere between $250-500 per tooth. Any dental treatment is individually designed, which means prices vary from patient to patient depending on what needs to be done. Of course, you should go over available payment options with your dentist and choose the one that suits you best. Here are few of the main factors that affect the composite veneers cost.
Number Of Veneers – This is the major factor that will determine the composite veneers cost. You may only need one or two veneers in case you only need to restore a fractured tooth or close a gap between the front teeth. But if you want that Hollywood-style pearly smile, you may need to have about 6-12 veneers done what will automatically cost you more. And a rule of thumb in dental industry is that every dentist charges per veneer, so multiply the the number of veneers with the cost of single veneer to get the total composite veneers cost.
Dentist – Does your dentist specializes in cosmetic dentistry or is he/she a general dentist? There isn’t a set payment on what a dentist should charge on composite veneers, thus every dentist has own pricing structure. Even though every dentist is trained to do composite veneers, the more experienced the dentist, the higher the composite veneers cost.
Lab Technician – The look of your composite veneers greatly depends on the skills of the lab technician. The more training and experience the lab technician has, the higher the lab charges, and consequently, the higher the composite veneers cost .
Location – The composite veneers cost also depends on the location of your dentist’s office. There is a difference between going to a dentist located in a major city from going to the one who has the office in a a smaller town. The same applies to different states.
Insurance – The health fund you are with and how much your insurance covers, will also affect the final composite veneers cost.
Temporary veneers – Some dentist may charge an extra fee for temporary veneers which may be necessary until final veneers are done. In Australia this is included in the price.
Material – The material and the brand the dental lab uses will also affect your final composite veneers cost.
Financing – Many dentists offer different payment plans. Ask to see if any are suitable for you. In case your dentist dentist does not offer any payment options, see if you are eligible for the third party financing.