happy young woman lets her smile shineWith our free virtual consultations, you can start planning your cosmetic dentistry procedures now, even though coronavirus restrictions keep us from performing the actual procedures. This means that we can hit the ground running when restrictions are lifted to help you get ready for events that might still be held over the summer and early fall. 

But in order to plan to get your smile on time, you need to know how long cosmetic dentistry takes. Here’s a brief guide to different cosmetic dentistry procedures so that you can plan your timetable.

Dental Whitening: Less Than 1 Hour to up to 10 Days

If you are just looking to brighten some discoloured teeth, dental whitening can achieve that, often very quickly. With our Glo Science in-office whitening procedure, you can see a dramatically brighter smile in less than 1 hour. 

Not everybody achieves their brightest smile during this in-offfice procedure, however. If you want to count on absolutely having your brightest smile, it’s best to count on doing the follow-up treatments at home, which will continue removing stains over the next 10 days.

Dental Bonding: ~1 Hour per Tooth

Dental bonding is a very fast procedure for repairing chipped teeth. It can also close small gaps in your smile, like a diastema, or build up small or poorly shaped teeth. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Andrea Stevens shapes the putty-like material on top of your natural tooth. Then the material is hardened using a curing light. Finally, it is polished to a natural sheen. 

This takes about an hour per tooth, but can vary depending on how complicated the reshaping required.

Dental Implant: 1 Day to 6 Months

Dental implants are an amazing tooth replacement option, not least because they can replace a lost tooth in one day. In this procedure, the tooth is extracted and the implant placed at the same time. If it’s stable, it can be topped with a dental crown, giving you a beautiful replacement tooth the same day. Often the same-day procedure can be used to replace multiple teeth, up to and including a full set of teeth on the upper and lower arches using the All-on-4 system

However, not everyone is a candidate for the same-day procedure. In some cases, we might have to do a bone graft, treat gum disease, or let your implants heal before placing crowns or bridges on them. Then it might take up to 6 months to complete the implant procedure. We will let you know the odds that you will be able to get the procedure done right away or wait.

Veneers and Crowns: up to 2 Weeks

Veneers and crowns are both ceramic restorations that are placed on top of your prepared teeth. Veneers just cover the most visible parts of the tooth, while crowns cover the entire tooth from the gum line up

However, in both cases, you will have to have your teeth prepared, impressions made, and restorations crafted at a lab. They will then send us the restorations, which we place on your teeth. The process usually takes about two weeks, but we can sometimes rush the timetable if you need it done sooner.

Invisalign: 3 Months to 1 Year or more

Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to move your teeth. The complexity of movements required determines how long the process takes. If you need just minor straightening–such as correcting drift after previous orthodontic work–you might be a candidate for Invisalign Express, which can take three months or less. 

Most people use the regular Invisalign process, which usually takes about a year, but might be a little less or a little more.

Controlled Arch Braces: Up to 2 Years

Controlled Arch braces do more than just straighten your teeth. They also reshape your bones, which can improve the function of your bite and your breathing. It can also give you a more attractive appearance, even altering the shape of your face and your profile. 

Working with bones takes time, however, and while Controlled Arch braces can move teeth up to 30% faster than traditional braces, it can take up to two years to achieve final results, depending on how complex your facial reshaping might be.

Let’s Plan Your New Smile Together in Kanata

Are you unhappy with your smile? If so, we can plan a new, beautiful smile that you’ll love. And it can start with  a free virtual consultation today. Please use our free virtual consultation tool now.