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When it comes to cosmetic dentistry as a whole, there is one very frequently asked question: how long will this last?
The answer to this question is fairly simple: it depends. Cosmetic dentistry is a broad spectrum, with several different procedures for you to choose from, all of which have different longevity to consider. The potential longevity of a procedure may be one of your deciding factors when choosing the right cosmetic solution for you.
With that in mind, here are some of the most popular cosmetic treatments here at Dental Solutions and the length of time you can expect such treatments to last.
When it comes to dental implants, there are a few solutions and this may impact the length of use you get from them. Due to the extensive nature of this treatment, dental implants tend to be one of the longer-lasting cosmetic treatments available. Some studies indicate that dental implants may last as long as twenty years+ after the initial surgery. However, as with any dental procedure, the likelihood of this fully depends on how you care for your implants.
Lifestyle choices and poor dental hygiene can badly affect your implants, just as it would your natural teeth. This, then, can seriously reduce the longevity of your implants.
To ensure this is not the case a strict oral care routine must be adhered to. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing and seeing your dental hygienist regularly (every six months preferably).
As with the above implant treatment, there are many variations and different types of orthodontic treatments for you to choose from. However, the effect of straightened teeth should be permanent following each treatment. Again, ensuring this is the case depends fully on your aftercare and maintenance of your oral health.
To ensure this, you may be fitted with a retainer post-treatment. This is a custom-made dental appliance which helps keep teeth fixed in their new position once your orthodontic treatment is completed (particularly at night whilst you sleep). Replacing this retainer continually over time is important, as though you can reduce the amount of time you wear this (3 to 5 nights a week, ideally) you should not discard it entirely.
If you fail to regularly wear your retainer then you risk your teeth drifting back to the undesirable position. Which will then require further orthodontic treatment to remedy once again.
Typically, you can expect dental crowns to last between 10+ years before replacement may be required. The average length is affected by the normal wear and tear experienced by the crown as well as, again, your dental hygiene adherence.
Again, dental veneers like crowns are very durable, lasting typically between 10+ years. Across the lifespan of your dental veneers, you may require a repair to the veneer itself as a result of typical wear and tear. A bang to your veneer, as with your natural teeth, could lead to you requiring composite bonding to fix the damage. And, again, your diet and dental hygiene practices will also have an effect.
Composite bonding is an increasingly sought after cosmetic solution thanks to its quick nature; it typically only takes one visit! Making it perfect for minor issues such as chips or gaps between teeth. However, as it is a much simpler procedure, the length that this cosmetic solution will last is also reduced in comparison to veneers or crowns. However, with proper care, you can still expect between 3 to 10+ years of wear from your composite bonding. Some touch up may be required before full replacement is needed.
The effects of teeth whitening on your smile can vary and so too can the lasting nature of this change. For most treatments, you can expect your whiter smile to last between 6 months and up to 3 years. Long-lasting effects of teeth whitening are far less likely if you smoke, eat or drink anything which can potentially stain your teeth.
Again, good home care and maintaining your oral hygiene is required to ensure the effect of teeth whitening lasts long after the initial treatment.
On the whole, the lasting nature of cosmetic dentistry is highly dependent on your oral hygiene. As with your natural teeth, poor care or bad hygiene can lead to problems which result in dental issues or tooth loss. Managing your oral health and regular visits to your dentist are the best way to ensure the longevity of any of the above treatments.