what is dental bonding and contouring?
A tooth can become damaged or discolored from advanced age, an injury, tooth decay, or poor oral hygiene. To combat these issues, ACE Dental of Bellmead offers dental bonding and contouring. This is a simple but effective treatment that uses composite resin (also used for tooth-colored fillings) to alter the size, shape, and color of the teeth. It is ideal for masking stubborn stains, filling in gaps between the teeth, correcting chips or cracks, lengthening a tooth, and remodeling oddly shaped or crooked teeth. If you have minor cosmetic concerns you'd like to address, call our office in Bellmead, TX to schedule a consultation to learn more about dental bonding and contouring.
best Candidates for bonding and contouring
Dental bonding and contouring may improve cracks, chips, gaps, tooth length, discoloration, and other minor cosmetic flaws. It is a more affordable cosmetic dental treatment that is normally performed in a single office visit. It also doesn’t require the prep work of crowns or veneers; however, it is not as strong and usually doesn't last as long. Dental bonding and contouring is good for slight flaws so if you have significant dental concerns, a different restorative or cosmetic procedure may be a better option. At your consultation, our caring team will go over your cosmetic goals, discuss all of your treatment options, and provide our recommendation on which procedures we think will be best for you.
What To Expect during treatment
Bonding and contouring is generally done in a single appointment at our office in Bellmead, TX. You shouldn't need anesthesia; however, sedation methods may be discussed during your appointment if you have any dental fears, anxieties, or a strong gag reflex. Once you are prepped, we will mix the composite resin to match the exact color of your teeth and apply it to the necessary areas. Then, a special light will be used to set and bond the material to your teeth. Once this is complete, the composite resin will be shaped and polished for a smooth and even finish.
caring for bonded teeth
Since dental bonding and contouring is a simple procedure, you'll be able to get back to your usual day once your appointment is complete. Although durable, the composite material can still stain and chip so it's important to avoid biting hard objects, like ice cubes, hard candy, pens, and fingernails, and clean your teeth shortly after eating. Teeth that have been bonded and contoured need to be cleaned just like natural teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. Biannual exams and routine cleanings at ACE Dental of Bellmead can help to polish away stains from the composite resin. With proper care, bonding and contouring can last as long as ten years. During your biannual dental exams, we will check the wear and tear of your bonded teeth to decide if and when touch-ups are necessary to maintain your smile.
Bonding and contouring is a cosmetic treatment so it's typically not paid for by insurance. Our team can talk to your dental insurance company to double-check your coverage, but most patients will pay out-of-pocket for this procedure. In your consultation, we will go over an estimate of cost and the different payment methods we accept at ACE Dental of Bellmead.
correct cosmetic flaws
Bonding and contouring can be a wonderful option if you want to enhance your smile without the expense and time needed for other cosmetic procedures. Learn more about dental bonding and contouring during a consultation with our caring team at our office in Bellmead, TX. Contact ACE Dental of Bellmead to make your appointment, and get started toward a beautiful and healthy smile today.