Dental Veneer Costs – What You Should Be Paying

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Many times, we have seen the cost of dental work turn people away from having the procedure performed. So, how much do veneers cost per tooth?

The price of veneers can fluctuate a lot, from $200 – $2000 each, depending upon;

  • Whether you are getting your anterior or posterior teeth restored,
  • The material you choose, and
  • Where you live.

Today I will provide you with the cost of dental veneers all throughout Australia – in NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, TAS, the ACT, and the NT.

I will discuss what options you have for veneers, and their costs, as well as talk about what other alternatives there are for veneers.

I will also discuss whether veneers are cheaper overseas.

Lastly, I will talk about whether veneers require ongoing maintenance and the cost of this.

A dental veneer

The price of veneers can range considerably

Dental Veneer Costs for Each State

The average cost for all dental work, including veneers, differs – depending on your location.

So, below I will list what you should expect to pay for veneers in your state.

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What Options Are There, and What Are Their Costs

You have two options for veneers;

  • Full porcelain veneers
  • Zirconia veneers.

Both are designed by labs, and both are a ceramic material.

As they are made by hand, by a dental technician that your Dentist trusts, it is a timely and costly process.

However, the technician will be experienced, and so you will get a veneer that is made to perfection.

These veneers look similar to a false fingernail – just a thin layer that is custom-made to resemble the shade of your tooth.

A dental veneer being placed on a tooth

A dental veneer is placed on a tooth.

Porcelain has been used for many years to create dental veneers and is known to last, keeping the same size, shade, and finish.

The cost of a porcelain veneer can range from $800 – $2000 each.

Zirconia has only recently been introduced into the dental industry.

It is a quality product that is manufactured by modern computer technology, as a computer can match the colour of your teeth better than any eye.

The cost of a zirconia veneer starts at $1000 and increases from there.

Once the veneer has been created, it will then get stuck to the surface of your existing tooth.

This means that a veneer is more of a cosmetic thing – not much is taken away from the structure of your tooth itself.

For example, veneers are often used to correct flaws in your appearance, such as;

  • Discolouration of a tooth.
  • Small misalignments.
  • Chips or cracks in a tooth, or
  • Gaps between your teeth (this only minimises the expanse of the gaps, it does not fully remove them).

What Alternatives Are There

An alternative to a veneer is a tooth filling, made of composite (also known as a composite veneer).

The benefits of a composite veneer include that;

  • It fills the tooth up.
  • You can use it to build upon the tooth.

For example, if you do not like the tooths’ appearance, as it is placed slightly further back than your other teeth, the composite can build it forward.

  • Everything can be done in the chair – nothing must be sent off to be made in the lab. So, you visit the Dentist once, then you walk away, as the treatment is done.
  • As such, it is a cheaper option – composite costs normally between $200 – $500 per veneer.

However, the biggest disadvantages to a composite veneer are that;

  • They can fracture.
  • They stain – As you eat, or drink coffee or other strong drinks, they can pick up stains.

This means that every time you go in for your six-monthly check-up, your dentist may lightly polish the tooth, just to get rid of the stains.

Are They Cheaper Overseas?

A lot of people go overseas to get their dental work done, as there are cheaper options there than we have in Australia.

We have heard both good and bad stories. So, you can get some really good cases, where people have a nice holiday at the same time.

Then, sometimes you get horrible cases, where the work is terrible and must be redone.

We have an article that explains why the work is so much more expensive in Australia than overseas.

A 3D image of a Veneer - Some of the tooth is removed to make a perfect fit

Is There Ongoing Maintenance, and What is the Cost

Veneers have no need for ongoing maintenance. So, just because you had a veneer put on, that does not mean that you need to see your Dentist again.

There is, however, a chance that you can get decay underneath the veneer.

So, it is important that you go for your regular six-monthly check-ups.

This is the only maintenance that is required once you have got a veneer – as such, there are no additional costs.

matching tooth shade for a dental veneer

Matching the colour of your Veneer is very important


The cost of veneers can vary a lot – anywhere between $200 to $2000 each.

This depends upon which tooth you are having restored (i.e. anterior or posterior), your location, and the material you choose.

You have two options for veneers – either full porcelain or zirconia.

These are ceramic materials manufactured in a lab and are designed to look as close as possible to the colour of your surrounding teeth.

Porcelain has been used for a long time for veneers and so is known to be a material that will stand the test of time.

The cost of porcelain veneers starts from $800 and range to $2000 per veneer.

Zirconia has only been introduced into dentistry in recent years. Though, it is an amazing product.

It is designed by modern computer technology that matches the colour of your teeth, which is not easy for a person to do.

The cost of zirconia veneers starts at $1000. From there, the price just goes upwards.

These veneers will never stain, as they are a manmade, inert substance that has been designed to perfection by a professional dental technician.

Another option a lot of people choose is to have their dental veneers done overseas, as it is cheaper than in Australia.

This can be a risky option – sometimes the work done is really good. Other times, the work is really bad, so it has to be redone.

For more information on the risks involved, we have a post explaining Cheap Dentistry.

The good thing about veneers is that, once you have a veneer on your tooth, there is nothing different about that tooth – you treat it just like all your other normal teeth.

This means that no ongoing maintenance is required – you do not have to revisit the Dentist.

However, there is a possibility that, underneath the veneer, you can still get decay.

So, just like your other teeth, you must be sure to go in for your regular check-ups every six months.

Feel free to read our post on Dental Veneers – The Ultimate Guide for more information.

Would you choose a Porcelain or Zirconia Veneer? 

By Andrew Adams

Created at October 15, 2020, Updated at October 12, 2021

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