How Long Do Cosmetic Procedures Take?

Are you considering enhancing your smile with cosmetic dentistry in Coronado? One common question that many patients have is how long these procedures typically take. The length of time for cosmetic dental treatments can vary depending on the specific procedure and individual circumstances. In this blog post, we will explore the average duration of popular cosmetic procedures so that you can have a better understanding of what to expect. Let's dive in!

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic procedure that can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. The duration of this treatment can range from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the method used. In-office professional teeth whitening treatments tend to be faster compared to at-home whitening kits. With advancements in technology, you can now achieve whiter teeth in a shorter amount of time, giving you a brighter smile in no time.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of your teeth. The process of getting dental veneers typically involves two or three dental visits. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel. Impressions of your teeth will be taken to create your custom veneers. The second visit involves bonding the veneers to your teeth using a special adhesive. The entire process can take anywhere from two to four weeks, depending on the complexity of your case.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. The process of getting dental implants involves multiple steps and can take several months to complete. During the initial consultation, your dentist will assess your oral health and determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. The implant placement surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia and can take about one to two hours per implant. After the implant is placed, a healing period of three to six months is required for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. Finally, the placement of the crown or prosthetic tooth onto the implant completes the process.


Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces for straightening teeth. The duration of Invisalign treatment can vary depending on the complexity of your case. On average, treatment can take anywhere from six to eighteen months. During this time, you will be required to wear a series of custom-made clear aligners that gradually shift your teeth into their desired position. Your dentist will provide you with a new set of aligners every few weeks, and regular check-ups will be scheduled to monitor your progress.

Let’s Get You Scheduled

Ready to transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry? Contact Coronado Dental Associates today at (619) 435-0844 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Melanie Villalobos or Dr. Margaret Meadows. Our experienced team will assess your dental needs and provide you with personalized treatment options. Don't wait any longer to achieve the smile of your dreams. Take the first step towards a confident and radiant smile today.

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