adult man smiling with teethAre you considering cosmetic dentistry in Fort Atkinson to brighten and beautify your smile? Cosmetic dentistry is an investment in your self-confidence, looking younger, and being free to share your smile whenever you feel happy. However, whether this investment is worth it to you depends on how long you’ll enjoy the benefits.

Your personal benefits may vary depending on the exact procedures you get, the health of your mouth, and your bite. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at BKS Dental in Fort Atkinson for an in-person consultation. However, here are some general estimates that you can consider in the early stages of planning.

Teeth Whitening

Lasts: 3-6 Months (Repeatable)

Teeth whitening uses chemicals to break down the stains trapped in your tooth enamel. Most of the time, our Fort Atkinson cosmetic dentists utilize a take-home whitening kit. This brightens your smile over the course of a few weeks. Once you achieve the maximum brightness level for your teeth, you’ll stop using the treatment every day.

Once you decrease the frequency of whitening, stains can begin to accumulate. If you don’t use whitening again, then in 3-6 months, your smile will likely be about the same as it was before treatment. However, with teeth whitening, you can maintain your results by applying whiteners regularly. You can maintain your white smile for years–as long as you have healthy enamel, your teeth can be bright.

Orthodontics

Lasts: A Lifetime (With Retainers)

Orthodontics moves crooked, crowded, gapped, and tilted teeth so that they’re straight. We can do this in many ways. At BKS Dental in Fort Atkinson, we offer traditional braces with metal or ceramic brackets. We also offer clear plastic aligners, either Invisalign or ClearCorrect. What type of orthodontics is best for you depends on the treatment you need and your other priorities.

Once you stop your braces treatment, your teeth are free to potentially drift back to their old positions. Retainers hold your teeth in place. You’ll start by wearing your retainers every night to help your jawbones firm up around your teeth in their new position. Then you can cut back to wearing retainers once a week or so. As long as you keep wearing your retainers periodically, your orthodontic results can last a lifetime.

Porcelain Veneers

Lasts: 10-15 Years

Porcelain veneers are thin facades that fit over the visible parts of your teeth. They can whiten your teeth, reshape them, and repair them. It’s almost like getting entirely new teeth.

Porcelain veneers are made of advanced ceramics that resist stains resist acids and might be even stronger than your natural teeth. If you care for them properly, most veneers will still be in place and attractive after at least 10 years. People with bruxism (clenching and grinding teeth) might not see long-lasting results.

Dental Crowns

Lasts: 10-15 Years

Dental crowns are similar to veneers in terms of their cosmetic effects. However, instead of just covering the visible side of your teeth, they fit over the entire part of the tooth above the gum line. This lets them perform more comprehensive repairs and reshaping. It also helps them to protect your natural teeth more.

Dental crowns are very durable, like veneers. With proper care, they’ll last about the same amount of time.

Get the Most from Your Cosmetic Dentistry

Of course, the amount of time your cosmetic dentistry lasts depends partly on your decisions and actions. Here are some tips to help you get longer-lasting results.

Choose Your Cosmetic Dentist Carefully

Your choice of a cosmetic dentist in Fort Atkinson will make a big difference in how long your results will last. In particular, choose a dentist that can evaluate your bite and design restorations that fit your bite harmoniously. This will minimize the amount of force that veneers and crowns have to deal with, reducing the risk that they’ll chip or crack prematurely.

Follow Your Dentist’s Instructions

After your procedure, your Fort Atkinson cosmetic dentist will give you instructions on how to care for your teeth and restorations. Follow these instructions closely. Wear your retainer as instructed. Brush your teeth and/or rinse your mouth as instructed to slow the accumulation of stains on your enamel. If you have a bite guard you are supposed to wear at night, wear it.

Following these instructions will preserve your cosmetic results for much longer.

Get Regular Checkups

It’s also important to make sure you get regular checkups after your cosmetic procedure. Healthy teeth are the foundation of a beautiful smile.

Oral health problems can destroy your cosmetic results. For example, whitening can’t eliminate a dark spot caused by tooth decay. After bruxism, the biggest danger to veneers is that decay or erosion might undermine the teeth that support them. Gum disease can lead to receding gums and loose teeth that drift.

Long-Lasting Cosmetic Dentistry in Fort Atkinson

If you are looking for long-lasting cosmetic dentistry, let BKS Dental help.

Please call (920) 563-7323 or use our online form to request an appointment at BKS Dental in Fort Atkinson, across the street from Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts near the Johnson Bank.