Sometimes, accidents happen. Maybe you had a bad fall and chipped a tooth. A medication or illness could have discolored one of your teeth as well. While not emergencies, these accidents can drastically affect the confidence you have in your smile. Luckily for you, restoring smiles is what we do.
We offer dental bonding and contouring to fix small cosmetic flaws like these at our office in San Diego, CA. A quick and effective treatment, bonding and contouring, apply composite resin (the same material used for tooth-colored fillings) to mask discoloration, reduce gaps in your teeth, lengthen a tooth, or even improve the shape of a tooth. Bonding is used to extend a tooth or fill in any gaps, and contouring is used to improve the shape of a tooth, making it shorter or more even. If you want an effective way to enhance your smile's appearance, make an appointment to receive more information about bonding and contouring at Dental Express.
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Dental bonding and contouring is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to repair minor tooth damage. If you have a crack, gap, chip, discoloration, a tooth-length issue, or other minor flaws, then you may be the right candidate.
Dental bonding and contouring can usually be done in a single appointment. It doesn’t require preparations, like veneers or crowns; however, it isn’t as strong and usually doesn’t last as long. Bonding and contouring work well for minor flaws, but another cosmetic or restorative procedure may be considered if you need more significant work done. At your consultation, we will listen to your needs and wants and then discuss your best treatment options.
What To Expect
Dental bonding and contouring is quick and easy, usually taking a single visit. Anesthesia isn’t required as this is a painless treatment; however, we'll be happy to discuss sedation options with you if you have dental anxiety or a strong gag reflex. As soon as you're comfortable in the treatment chair, we will begin applying the composite resin to the affected teeth. The bonding material is set with a special light before adding more layers. After the bonding process, our team will shape and polish the resin and your natural enamel for an even appearance.
Recovery from bonding and contouring treatment is straightforward and pain-free. After the bonding and contouring treatment, it's essential not to consume staining foods and drinks (like tobacco, coffee, and tea) for two days. The composite resin can stain and chip, so avoid biting down on hard objects like hard candy, pens, pencils, and your fingernails, and brush your teeth immediately after eating. Bonded teeth should be cared for just like natural teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. The better you take care of your bonded teeth, the longer the restorative treatment will last. Professional dental cleanings at Dental Express can help polish away stains from the bonding material. With proper care, dental bonding can last up to ten years. We will help you determine if your dental bonding and contouring procedure should be redone to refresh your smile at your annual dental exam.
Bonding and contouring is a cosmetic treatment, so it’s typically not covered by insurance. Our team will contact your insurance company to double-check just in case, but most patients pay out-of-pocket for this treatment. At your consultation with one of our dentists, we’ll talk about your estimated costs and available payment options.
People often avoid seeking treatment for minor chips, cracks, or discoloration. Whether they have dental insurance or not, the fear of what it will cost can scare them away. At Dental Express, we promise to work with you to find the best way forward. As smile experts, we understand what your smile means to you. It’s important to us that you love your smile and aren’t afraid to show it. After all, it's a direct reflection of our work. That’s why we do our best to make cosmetic treatments like these fit comfortably into your budget.
Bonding and Contouring
Nobody likes to hide their smile. Dental bonding and contouring is an excellent treatment if you want to correct your smile's appearance without the expense and time of other cosmetic procedures. Learn more about bonding and contouring during a consultation at one of our San Diego, CA locations. Schedule an appointment today. We’ll be happy to help restore your smile and your confidence.
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