You don’t have to settle for a smile that you aren’t confident showing off. There are numerous cosmetic dental treatments out there to help you transform your smile into something that makes you feel confident, but how long does this last? Can you expect your result to be permanent or do you need to see your dentist again in the future? Continue reading to learn about a few cosmetic treatment and how long you can experience the benefits.
This is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments out there to choose from. After all, everyone wants to feel great about the appearance of their smile. However, years of using tobacco products, drinking red wine, eating berries, or just aging will lead to discoloration over time. Professional teeth whitening can last anywhere from six months to three years. This is something that many patients decide to undergo routinely to keep their smile bright!
Bonding involves the use of a composite resin to reshape and repair imperfections to the teeth. This treatment usually lasts anywhere from three to five years or longer if it is cared for properly. While this does need to be replaced over time, it is one of the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures out there and can usually be completed in just a single appointment.
Veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain. They are adhered to the front surface of the teeth in order to cover up a variety of cosmetic imperfections, including chips, cracks, stains, gaps, undersized teeth, and misshapen teeth. They are very durable and can last upwards of 15 years with proper care.
Just like dental veneers, crowns are durable and can last up to 15 years or even longer before they need to be replaced. When a tooth is extensively damaged, crowns protect the teeth while also covering up any unsightly cosmetic issues that the tooth may have. To ensure that crowns last, it is important to maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine. This means brushing twice and flossing once each day and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups every six months.
Cosmetic dentistry isn’t permanent, but it’s still something you can benefit from for many years down the road. With proper care and dental hygiene, you’ll be experiencing your results for a long time!
About the Author
Dr. Art Mowery is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for over two decades. He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and is a member of the Florida Dental Association, the International Team for Implantology (ITI), the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Gainesville, visit his website or call (352) 332-6725.