About Dental Bonds and Contour
Dental bonding and contouring can fix smaller cosmetic concerns within the smile by filling in cracks, chips, and gaps; covering stains and discolorations; or making the teeth appear longer. Using a composite resin that is similar to what is used for tooth-colored fillings, the bonding is matched to the color and shape of the natural teeth for a seamless appearance. Once the bonding resin has hardened, family and cosmetic dentist Dr. Karuna Peravali will contour the shape and texture of the natural enamel. Patients at White Lotus Dental in McKinney, TX can also have their natural teeth contoured to remove jagged edges or to make the teeth more even. While it is a fast procedure, dental bonding and contouring can make a smile appear more polished and brilliant.
What to Expect
Dental bonding and contouring is usually fast and pain-free for most patients so it can be performed in the dentist's office with little or no anesthesia. To prepare the tooth for proper bonding, the dentist etch the top layer of the tooth and applying a conditioning gel. Before it is applied, the resin itself is matched to the patient's natural tooth color and and carefully painted on to the enamel. A special light is used to harden and cure the resin until the resin fully covers the treatment area. Once the resin is set, the dentist can polish and buff the surface of the tooth to make the bonded teeth smooth. The natural teeth can also be polished and contoured with special dental instruments to remove sharp edges and even the tops of the teeth.
Patients may find that their newly bonded and contoured teeth feel a little weird at first, but they gradually become accustomed to the new shape and feeling. To prolong the lift of dental bonding, patients should attend regular dental visits for cleanings and exams and well as maintaining a good home care routine with brushing and flossing. After bonding and contouring treatments, patients should avoid staining foods and drinks, as well as smoking and wear on the teeth. With good care, bonding and contouring can last 3 - 10 years before another treatment may be needed to maintain results.
If dental bonding and contouring is needed to fix a tooth, dental insurance may cover some of the cost, but if the procedure is only of cosmetic improvements, insurance will not cover the cost. Based on your needs, our office will determine what your dental insurance will cover and what will be charged to you directly. Our office offers many payment and financing options to make dental bonding and contouring affordable for our patients.
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Quick, Easy Fixes
For significant cosmetic improvement, our office offers dental bonding and contouring to fix chipped, fractured, decayed, and discolored teeth in a single visit. The composite resin is easily bonded to the tooth to conceal and strengthen concerns while seamlessly matching the color of the natural teeth. Talk to your dentist about using bonding and contouring to enhance your smile and dental health.