Dental Bonding and Contouring Overview
It is not always possible to avoid accidents. You could take a bad fall and chip a tooth and your teeth can become discolored for any number of reasons, such as a medication or illness. Our experienced dental team offers dental bonding and contouring to correct certain cosmetic flaws at our office in Springfield, MA. An effective and quick cosmetic treatment, bonding and contouring applies composite resin (the same material used for tooth-colored fillings) to cover tooth discoloration, reduce gaps in your teeth, make a tooth longer, or even change the shape of a tooth. If you want a great way to improve your teeth, make an appointment to learn more about bonding and contouring treatments at People's Dental.
Best Candidates for Dental Bonding and Contouring
Cosmetic bonding and contouring can fix gaps, chips, cracks, tooth length, discoloration, and other minor cosmetic flaws. Bonding and contouring is an affordable cosmetic treatment and can often be completed in a single appointment. It also doesn’t require preparations like veneers or crowns; however, it isn’t as strong and generally doesn’t last as many years. Bonding and contouring is good for small issues, so if you require more extensive changes, another cosmetic or restorative procedure may be considered. During your appointment, will listen to your goals and then go over your treatment options.
What To Expect with Dental Bonding and Contouring
Dental bonding and contouring are generally completed in one visit at our office in Springfield, MA. You don't need any anesthesia, but we can discuss sedation methods during your appointment for problems like anxiety or a strong gag reflex. Once you are comfortable, we will begin applying the composite resin to the needed teeth. The resin will be hardened with a special light before more layers are added. Once the bonding process is done, we will contour and polish the filling material and your natural teeth for an even appearance.
Dental Bonding and Contouring Recovery
After you've had dental bonding and contouring, you should avoid staining food and beverages (like tobacco, coffee, and tea) for 48 hours. The composite resin can chip and stain, so don’t bite down on hard objects such as ice cubes, hard candy, fingernails, and pens, and brush your teeth right after eating. Bonded and contoured teeth should be cleaned like regular teeth with regular flossing and brushing. Bi-annual cleanings at People's Dental will help to remove stains from the composite resin. With ideal care, dental bonding can last up to ten years. During your annual dental exam, we will help you decide if the cosmetic bonding and contouring procedure needs to be re-done to maintain your appearance.
Dental Bonding and Contouring Insurance Coverage
Dental bonding and contouring is a cosmetic procedure, so it is usually not covered by your dental insurance. Our team can contact your insurance company to confirm your coverage, but most patients will pay out-of-pocket for this procedure. At your consultation we can talk about an estimate of cost and payment options we accept at People's Dental.
Bonding and Contouring
Cosmetic bonding and contouring may be a good treatment if you want to correct your smile without the expense and time needed for other cosmetic options. Get more information about dental bonding and contouring at a consultation at our office in Springfield, MA. Contact People's Dental to schedule an appointment and get started toward a more attractive smile.