Nothing lasts forever – and this includes things like cosmetic dental work. To review, cosmetic dentistry is defined as procedures that are carried out to enhance the appearance of the teeth, and thereby the appearance of an individual’s smile. It includes things like the administration of veneers, tooth bonding, teeth whitening and crowns, among others. On that note, there are various different factors that may dictate when revisiting certain cosmetic dentistry procedures is necessary.
These include things like exactly what type of work was done, how extensive the work was, what material certain applications are made of and the specific professional who carried out the work. This post will take a closer look at some of the factors involved with cosmetic dentistry – and how long you can expect it to last.
When (and why) do I need to revisit cosmetic dentistry?
- Complications: Cosmetic dentistry isn’t something that’s “just done.” No, it’s carefully carried out, usually beginning with a patient consultation where a cosmetic dentist goes over treatment options and expected results. However, patients may need to revisit procedures when they don’t lead to the results they anticipate or if the particular dentist doesn’t perform the job well.
- Wear and tear: Like we said in the opening, nothing lasts forever – and this includes the likes of bridges, veneers and crowns. Chewing, biting and how well (and often) you brush and floss all play a role in how long the aforementioned will last. If you notice breakage, holes, poor appearance or experience problems with your oral health related to placement, it may be time to get certain work replaced. Generally speaking, however, more advanced materials have helped lead to longer lifetimes for bridges, veneers and crowns. For example, crowns typically last up to 15 years these days. For other procedures, like teeth whitening and tooth bonding, you may need to revisit them more often – perhaps as often as every six months or so with the former and every few years with the latter.
- Material considerations: It’s said that all-metal dental crowns, veneers, etc. typically last longer than their porcelain counterparts, due to porcelain’s makeup and potential to chip. Be sure to ask your dentist about materials and what to expect when it comes to longevity and cosmetic applications.
Just what can you expect when you revisit previous cosmetic dental work? You can anticipate a procedure similar to the initial one that you had done when you originally received the work, and at the end of the appointment, the result should be satisfactory. After all, remember that cosmetic dentistry is designed to improve the appearance of the teeth, as well as the appearance of the smile.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry, and to schedule a consultation to help improve the appearance of your teeth today, contact Caven Dental.