Cosmetic dentistry has the ability to completely transform your smile, making it as beautiful as it was when you were younger–or maybe more beautiful than it’s ever been.
But how long does cosmetic dentistry last? That’s an important question to consider when comparing cosmetic dentistry against other investments in your health and beauty–or comparing dental procedures against each other.
Here’s a summary of how long you can expect your cosmetic dentistry procedures to last.
Teeth Whitening: Months, but Can Be Maintained
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures because most of us would be happier to have white teeth. That’s because years of coffee, tea, or chocolate can lead to a dulling of the smile.
While teeth whitening has the shortest life of any cosmetic dentistry procedure–staining begins immediately–it can be maintained. Using at-home whitening trays means your results can be extended, essentially for life.
Dental Bonding: 3-5 Years
Dental bonding uses a composite material to reshape teeth. This can give attractive results that last for a long time. Typically, within three to five years, bonding either flakes off or becomes stained as a result of exposure to foods and beverages, making it unattractive.
It can be replaced with more bonding, but patients often want a longer-term solution, such as porcelain veneers.
Porcelain Veneers: 10-20 Years
Studies show that nearly all porcelain veneers will last for at least ten years, and a significant number–over 80%–will still be in place after 20 years.
Some factors can lead to early veneer failure, such as bruxism, tooth trauma, or an unhealthy, decayed, or infected tooth. Take good care of veneers and natural teeth to ensure a long life.
Dental Implants: 20 Years to Lifetime
We’re still trying to figure out how long dental implants will last. As they’ve only been in widespread use for about 30 years, clinical studies are still trying to gauge their extended lifespan. The longest studies–30 years–show that over 90% of implants are still in place, but restorations may need minor repairs and adjustments every 7-8 years.
Orthodontics moves your teeth into a straight smile. Functional orthodontics even has the ability to expand your jaw to make room for all your teeth. Bite forces may want to cause your teeth to move back into their prior positions. But if you wear your retainer regularly, your orthodontic results can last you a lifetime.
Make a Long-Term Investment in Cosmetic Dentistry
Are you looking for an investment in your health and beauty that you can show off at every occasion and that will last for a long time? Cosmetic dentistry is the best choice. Not only will this improve your smile, it can also dramatically rejuvenate your facial appearance.