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Cosmetic Dentistry’s Clock: How Long Do Results Last?

December 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — cowlitz @ 6:39 pm
woman with a beautiful, whiter smile

Cosmetic dentistry is known to be a popular option for individuals who desire a transformed, enhanced, and more beautiful smile. Whether it is with the help of veneers, teeth whitening, Invisalign, cosmetic bonding, metal-free restorations, or even smile makeovers, the results allow patients to feel more confident than ever before. But how long can this newer, more vibrant smile last? As you continue to think about pursuing one or more of these cosmetic solutions, read on to find out what kind of longevity comes with these beautifying services.

Are Cosmetic Dental Treatments Permanent?

Depending on the type of treatment you are receiving, there is a chance that your results will be permanent. For example, patients who undergo gum recontouring can expect to never need this type of care again. However, those who are considering teeth whitening or metal-free restorations should be prepared to need touch-ups and even replacements over time.

The average timeframe for cosmetic treatments is:

  • Veneers – 10-15 years
  • Teeth Whitening – Up to 6 months
  • Cosmetic Bonding – 5-7 years
  • Metal-Free Restorations – 10-20 years
  • Orthodontics (i.e., Invisalign and Six Month Smiles) – The potential for a lifetime

Of course, these timeframes are not guaranteed. After all, you are largely responsible for how long your new smile will actually last.

Ways to Prolong Cosmetic Dental Results

If you are prone to smoking, using tobacco, eating lots of sugar, using your teeth as tools, grinding your teeth, or neglecting your oral hygiene, there is a good chance that you will see your cosmetic dentist sooner rather than later.

Unhealthy habits and poor dental health can quickly turn your beautiful smile into a damaged and unsightly reality. This is why you must commit to taking proper care of your teeth once your treatment is complete.

No matter the type of service you choose, your smile requires maintenance if you want it to continue looking and feeling its best. This means that you will need to not only adopt good oral hygiene habits such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing daily but also keep your regular appointments with your dentist every six months.

You’ll also find it essential to avoid using your teeth as tools, wear a mouthguard if you plan to play sports, inquire about a custom nightguard if you grind your teeth, give up smoking, and stick to a nutrient-rich diet that promotes healthy teeth and gums.

By following these tips, you’ll find that your results will last. While most do require follow-up care and replacement down the road, you can extend the lifespan of your smile for as long as possible.

About the Author
Dr. L. Blaine Kennington is an experienced dentist who enjoys helping patients achieve the smiles they deserve. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, he provides an array of options for patients to choose from. He also offers insight and helpful tips to prolong aesthetic results so that treatment is well worth the investment. If you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic dentistry, contact our office at (360) 703-9092.

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