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  • Writer's pictureBen Tindal, DMD, MS

How Long Does Cosmetic Treatment Last?

As you might know, cosmetic dental work can improve your smile’s looks. Whatever your dental imperfection, it’ll make your teeth seem like those of a Hollywood star! That said, you may have a pressing question: “How long does cosmetic dentistry last?” After all, you’d likely want your procedure’s effects to endure for a while. Well, your Sarasota dentist can answer your concern. Here are the lifespans of common cosmetic dental treatments and ways to extend them.

Not all cosmetic dental treatments are the same. That being the case, different procedures will have different lifespans. Consider the example services listed below:

Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is a treatment that whitens your enamel with a special bleaching gel. As the latter’s ingredients seep into your teeth, they bleach away lingering tooth stains. Since foods and drinks stain teeth over time, whitening results aren’t long-lasting. Even with proper care, this procedure’s effects have an average lifespan of 6 months to 3 years. Therefore, there’s a chance you’ll have to visit your dentist for more treatment within a year of starting. Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are ceramic layers that dentists place on the fronts of teeth. Their main purpose is to hide smile flaws, including stains, chips, cracks, fractures, and more. Because veneers are durable and stain-resistant, they often last roughly 15 years.

What can you do to extend your results? To make cosmetic dental work last, you must practice good oral care. It’s thus a good idea to use the following tips:

Remember Your Oral Hygiene: Namely, brush your teeth twice daily, floss once daily, and rinse with mouthwash as necessary. Also, use fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing.

Don’t Eat Sweets: Avoid sweet, sugary foods that could erode your tooth enamel. Instead, consider “mouth-healthy” alternatives like lean proteins, dairy, and leafy greens.

Avoid Bad Oral Habits: Things like smoking and teeth-grinding ruin your pearly whites.

See Your Dentist Often: By visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, your cosmetic work is more likely to last.

So, how long does cosmetic dentistry last? The answer is partly up to you. Therefore, remember the tips above so your treatment’s lifespan extends far into the future.

About our Prosthodontic office in Sarasota, FL

Tindal Prosthodontics is based in Sarasota, FL. As led by the titular Dr. Ben Tindal, our practice emphasizes implant, cosmetic, and reconstructive dentistry. Even so, you can also count on us for preventive services like dental checkups and teeth cleanings. Whatever your smile needs, you can expect excellent results thanks to our office’s expertise and advanced technology! For more information or to book a visit, you can reach us on our website or by phone at (941)-260-1199.


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