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How long is a dentist appointment?

Visiting the dental office is a great way to keep up with the health of your smile. Regular checkups, routine preventative care and restorative options are readily available to improve the overall look and feel of your smile. We completely understand that visiting the office isn’t the highlight of your day. Regardless of how comfortable and welcoming you will feel with us, you just want to get in and have the work done that’s needed and go about your busy day.

How Long is the Average Dental Appointment?
How long your dental appointment takes will mostly depend on the work needing to be done. However, you can expect the majority of appointments to be about an hour. For regular bi-annual checkups and cleanings, you will be in the office for an hour. For extractions, root canals, multiple fillings and smaller oral surgeries, you can expect the work to take roughly an hour. Less invasive procedures, like sealants, single fillings and simple extractions, you may find that your appointment is about 30 minutes. It is a good idea to give yourself about an hour to spend in the office regardless of the type of work that you need to have done.

Tips for Your Dental Appointment
The best way to make your appointments as quick as possible is to come in several minutes before your scheduled visit. This allows us to give you any paperwork that needs to be filled as well as allows us to ensure a room is available and set up for your appointment. If you have to cancel an appointment, we kindly ask that you give us an ample amount of time to move or remove this from our schedule. We will always provide you with information regarding your treatment and can let you know how long treatment will take before it is started. This gives you the chance to incorporate the treatment that is needed into your day without it becoming a burden.

One of the best ways to prevent long appointments in the dental office is by keeping up with regular preventative care. Your bi-annual cleanings and exams allow us to check for changes and offer treatment before any intra-oral problems are allowed to get worse. This not only improves the look of your smile, but it prevents the need for emergency appointments and longer visits when you do come in for treatment.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed on the front of the teeth to create a bright, white and flawless smile. They can be used to correct minor imperfections without the need for more invasive work. Veneers are made for each individual patient so that they look natural and feel completely comfortable for the length of time they’re worn. Regardless of how thin veneers actually are, they’re a lot more durable and long-lasting than you might think.

How Long Do Veneers Last?
On average, veneers can last for anywhere from 7 to 15 years with the vast majority of veneers lasting a decade before they should be replaced. A sign that your veneers need to be replaced is if they’re looking worn, have cracked or have small chips. The great thing about veneers is that they’re just as easy to replace as they are to initially put onto your teeth. They can be removed and new veneers made for you, allowing you to always have a bright, flawless smile without all of the work involved. Having veneers that last for a decade gives you the chance to smile with confidence without needing routine touch-ups or whitening treatments.

Tips for Maintaining Your Veneers
You can treat your veneers like your natural teeth, since they’re attached with a medical-grade bonding adhesive that keeps them in place. However, what would chip or crack a regular tooth will also have an impact on the veneer. For this reason, it’s important to avoid opening bottle caps with your teeth or using your teeth as tools to open packages and plastic. You should brush and floss your veneers as you would your normal teeth. If a veneer happens to fall out, keep it with you and bring it to your emergency dental appointment.

Benefits of Veneers
Veneers aren’t just durable and long-lasting, but they are incredibly beneficial to the look and feel of your smile. They can cover issues like stains, discoloration, chips and cracks without the need for more invasive procedures. They can be made of any color that you want, allowing you to benefit from a brilliantly white smile that is highly stain-resistant and doesn’t need routine whitening to keep looking their best. Your veneers can last for years without needing any work and are fitted so that they’re comfortable and completely undetectable when you smile.