Do you have a few tweaks that you’d like to make to the appearance of your teeth? You don’t need to settle for a smile that you aren’t confident showing off. There are all sorts of cosmetic options out there that can help you achieve a grin that makes you feel amazing! One thing that you should consider about the treatment you choose is how long the results will last. Continue reading to learn what you can expect when it comes to the longevity of the outcome of your treatment.
This is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments out there. After all, everyone wants to have a brighter, whiter smile. Years of using tobacco products, drinking red wine, eating berries, and aging will lead to discoloration over time. Professional teeth whitening can last anywhere from six months to three years depending on how well you care for them. This is something that many patients have completed 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’s one of the most affordable cosmetic procedures out there and can usually be completed in just one appointment.
Veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain that are adhered to the front-facing surface of the teeth to mask all sorts of cosmetic imperfections, like chips, cracks, stains, gaps, misshapen teeth, and undersized teeth. They are very durable and can last upwards of 15 years when cared for properly.
Just like veneers, crowns are durable and last up to 15 years or longer before needing to be replaced. When a tooth is extensively damaged, crowns can protect the teeth while also covering up any unsightly cosmetic issues that the tooth may have. To ensure that crowns last, it’s important to maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine. This means that you should brush twice and floss every day. Also see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.
Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t usually last forever, but it’s something that you can benefit from for many years if you take the steps to maintain the results. With proper care and excellent oral hygiene, you will be showing off your new and improved smile for several years down the road!
About the Author
Dr. Michael L. Howard is an experienced dentist who has been providing dental care to the Marietta community for more than 30 years. He earned his dental doctorate from the Emory University School of Dentistry. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, and the Northwestern District Dental Society of Georgia. To learn more about your cosmetic options or to schedule a consultation at his office in Marietta, visit his website or call (770) 425-2001.