How Long Can You Expect a New Smile from Cosmetic Dentistry Last?

March 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — platinumdental @ 6:24 am
a woman smiling at her dentist after receiving cosmetic dentistry

Are you unhappy with your smile? If so, you are not alone! A study conducted by OnePoll revealed that over half of Americans (57%) cover their mouths when they laugh because they feel insecure about their teeth. Furthermore, 50% of people will always often try to smile with their mouths closed. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can completely transform your pearly whites and give you the self-confident grin you’ve always wanted! But you may be wondering how long your new and improved smile will last. After all, you want to make sure it’s worth the investment of your time and money. Here is the expected lifespan of the most common cosmetic dental treatments.  


Veneers are ultra-thin coverings of dental-grade porcelain that are placed over the front of your tooth. They can disguise a range of dental imperfections, including discolored, chipped, broken, misaligned, or gapped teeth. This popular cosmetic treatment is custom matched to your real enamel, resulting in a natural and seamless new smile!

You can expect your new teeth to be placed within two visits to your dentist and will last up to ten years with the proper care. Keep in mind that certain factors, like teeth grinding, dental trauma, and poor oral hygiene can shorten their lifespan.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Even a minor stain, chip, or gap in your smile can affect how you interact with others and keep you from being completely happy with your dental situation. Well, there is a speedy and totally reliable treatment that can fix all these issues: cosmetic dental bonding. Your dentist will apply a tooth-colored composite resin to your teeth and sculpt it perfectly until the tooth is flawless. Your imperfections are completely erased in as little as an hour!

You may think since the procedure is so speedy (and cost-effective!), it won’t have substantial staying power. However, you can count on your results to last over a decade.

Professional Teeth Whitening

A bright, white smile not only makes you appear healthy but much more youthful. Unfortunately, your teeth can become stained and discolored over time due to the foods and drinks you consume, as well as just with everyday wear and tear. That’s where professional teeth whitening can completely change the game! By applying powerful, safe, and clinically tested bleaching gel to your teeth, your grin is guaranteed to become at least eight shades whiter. You can transform the color of your pearly whites in one in-office dental visit or use an at-home custom kit for whiter teeth in about two weeks.

You can expect your new radiant smile from professional teeth whitening to last anywhere from six months to three years. The lasting effects will depend on your lifestyle and dental hygiene habits.

About the Author

Dr. Ben Omrani and his team at Platinum Dental Group keep the smiles of San Juan Capistrano healthy and beautiful. With a focus on state-of-the-art service coupled with comfortable care, you’ll receive personalized service to meet your specific oral health goals. Dr. Omrani provides a full range of dentistry, including cosmetic treatments such as veneers, dental bonding, and teeth whitening. To schedule a consultation, contact him through his website or call  (949) 661-2052.

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