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How Long Does Cosmetic Dental Treatment Last?

July 13, 2021

A beautiful, perfect smile can have a significant impact on one’s quality of life. Studies show that it can boost your self-esteem and improve many aspects of your life, including your career, home life, and relationships. If you’re tired of hiding your grin, you might be looking for solutions to enhance it. Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, it’s easier than ever to achieve your dream smile! But before pulling the trigger on treatment, you might be wondering how long your results will last. Here’s what you can expect from common procedures.

Average Lifespan of Cosmetic Dental Treatment

Each cosmetic service tends to have a different lifespan. However, here’s a general idea of what you can expect from the following:

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, durable tooth-colored shells made from dental porcelain. By adhering them to the front surfaces of teeth, they can effectively disguise any issue, from stubborn stains to bothersome cracks. With proper dental care, you can enjoy your natural-looking results for up to ten years! However, factors like tooth trauma, teeth grinding (bruxism), and poor oral hygiene can shorten their lifespan.

Metal-Free Restorations

Do you have a single tooth that needs repair? Thanks to metal-free restorations, your dentist can restore the strength, color, and appearance of a damaged or decayed tooth. Gone are the days of sporting unsightly dental work! Typically, these restorations can last about 15 years before needing replacement.

Cosmetic Bonding

If you have a minor stain, chip, or gap on your tooth, nothing can fix it faster than cosmetic bonding. In just one hour, your dentist can erase any flaws using a composite resin. They will sculpt the material to perfection, making it seem like nothing was wrong to begin with! The procedure might be fast, but your results can last over a decade!

Teeth Whitening

As we get older, our teeth naturally become discolored, dingy, and dull-looking. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening treatment can reverse the clock and restore a pristinely white smile! You can opt for a quick in-office procedure or a convenient take-home whitening kit. Either way, your bright pearly whites can last anywhere from six months to three years.

Tips to Extend the Longevity of Your Results

The longevity of your results is significantly influenced by your oral hygiene and personal habits. Here are some tips to help your new grin last as long as possible:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily
  • Avoid tobacco products and limit alcohol consumption
  • Monitor your intake of sugary, acidic, or processed foods
  • Visit your dentist regularly for routine cleanings and exams

Although there is no set answer for how long cosmetic dentistry lasts, proper dental care and a healthy lifestyle can assure your new smile survives for many years!

About the Practice

At Rowlett Dental Associates, we offer top-notch, personalized, compassionate dental care that exceeds even the highest patient expectations. Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain a smile you’re proud to show off. If you’re unhappy with your teeth, we offer cosmetic dentistry to give you the beautiful grin you deserve – and we’ll make sure it lasts as long as possible! Visit our website or call (469) 299-8462 to schedule a consultation and determine which treatment is the best solution for you.  

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