The United States boasts some of the top cosmetic dentists from around the world, using the latest technology and the most advanced and time-tested materials. With all the options available these days, it can be difficult to know exactly what you need, who is the best dentist to perform the procedure, and how long each treatment is projected to last. Today we tackle the longevity of a few procedures aimed at restoring the brightness and whiteness of your teeth.
- Basic Whitening
Most local dentists and walk-in dentists today offer their patients some form of whitening, whether basic peroxide, laser-activated peroxide, or bleaching. Whatever the method, chemical whitening is never a permanent process, and will have to be repeated. The frequency will depend on your lifestyle and dietary choices.
Sometimes decay is visible on the front surface of a tooth, making chemical whitening impractical and futile. In these cases, a good dentist may recommend veneers, or thin shells shaped to fit over the front of your teeth. A thin layer of enamel is removed so the veneer sits flush with the rest of your teeth and mimics your original tooth perfectly. Composite resin veneers are more affordable and faster to make, but can chip or break after five to ten years. Porcelain veneers can last up to 10-15 years.
If a tooth is decayed beyond repair or covering, then patients can have what’s known as a dental implant. A small titanium post is surgically inserted into the jawbone, and acts as a brand new root for an artificial tooth. Or more than one tooth. In fact, an entire set of upper or lower teeth can be installed on as few as four implants. Implants require relatively little maintenance, and can last for a lifetime.
If you’d like to explore whitening or replacement options, talk to your dentist or technician. They know your mouth almost better than you do, and can recommend the best dentist or cosmetic surgeon for your particular case. And here’s to your brand new smile! More research here.