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How Long Can the Results of Cosmetic Dentistry Last?

February 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — gentledentistry @ 8:19 pm
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Cosmetic dentistry has allowed millions of people to transform their smiles into beautiful new states, but many people are curious about how long its results might last. While the results of cosmetic dental treatments can last for years with excellent care, it’s normal for a patient to eventually need replacements or retreatments to keep their grin in gorgeous condition. Here’s a list of cosmetic dental treatments, how long they can last, and what you can do to make them last as long as possible.

Teeth Whitening

Dental stains and discoloration are a common cosmetic concern. Fortunately, your dentist can administer teeth whitening treatments that deliver results far superior to those of any whitening product you could find at the store. This can be done with an in-office appointment that takes about an hour or a take-home kit that can be completed in about two weeks. Either one can make your teeth up to ten shades whiter. The effects of teeth whitening can last anywhere from six months to three years, and you can make them last as long as possible by practicing excellent oral hygiene.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are the open secret behind many flawless Hollywood smiles. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are designed to fit over troubled teeth to cover up flaws like chips, cracks, and stains. These appliances can last up to fifteen years with excellent care and oral hygiene, but they may need to be removed and replaced if the teeth wearing them develop tooth decay.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Cosmetic dental bonding can correct minor flaws like chips, gaps, and stains in minutes during a routine dental appointment. Your dentist will apply a tiny amount of composite resin to a dental flaw, covering it up or filling it in with this tooth-colored and putty-like material. A cosmetic dental bond can last between eight and fifteen years if the patient practices excellent oral hygiene, especially if the bond is not located on a part of the tooth that is used when biting or chewing.

Cosmetic dentistry can provide lasting results that last even longer with excellent care. Consulting with your dentist can determine if any cosmetic dental treatments are suitable for you.

About the Practice

Gentle Dentistry Sparta provides effective and comfortable dental treatments to the community of Sparta, NJ. Led by Drs. Zelia Cannon and James Shahinian, the staff treats each patient with compassion while maintaining a clean and comfortable environment. Areas of expertise include general, restorative, emergency, and cosmetic dentistry. To schedule a cosmetic dental consultation, contact the office online or dial (973) 729-9044.

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