No matter how hard you try to avoid them, accidents happen. You may take a bad step, trip, and chip your tooth. It's also possible that a tooth can become discolored from an illness or medication. Our team of experienced dentists performs bonding and contouring to improve small cosmetic flaws at our office in Moodus, CT. An easy, effective treatment, bonding and contouring uses composite resin (also used for tooth-colored fillings) to hide discoloration, fill gaps between teeth, lengthen a tooth, and even improve a tooth's shape. For an effective treatment to enhance your smile, schedule an appointment to get more information about bonding and contouring at East Haddam Dental Associates.
Dental bonding and contouring may correct chips, gaps, cracks, discoloration, tooth length, and other flaws. Dental bonding and contouring is a more affordable cosmetic procedure and can usually be done in one visit. It does not need prep work like crowns or veneers, but it is not as strong and typically does not stay on as long. Dental bonding and contouring is ideal for minor flaws, but if you want bigger improvements, a different restorative or cosmetic treatment may be better. At your consult, we will listen to your needs and wants and then discuss your options.
What To Expect
Bonding and contouring will be typically done in a single appointment in our office in Moodus, CT. You shouldn't need anesthesia; however, options for sedation may be reviewed with us at your consult for concerns like fear, anxiety, and a strong gag reflex. As soon as you're ready, we will apply the bonding material to the desired areas aided by one of our assistants. The composite resin will be set with more layers added, as needed. After the layers of composite resin are set, we will shape and smooth the composite resin and your natural enamel for a beautiful result.
Once you've had bonding and contouring, it's important to not consume staining drinks and food (such as tea, coffee, and tobacco) for two days. The bonding material can stain and chip, so do not bite hard objects like ice, hard candy, pens, and your fingernails, and clean your teeth immediately after eating. Teeth that have been bonded and contoured need to be cared for like natural teeth with daily flossing, brushing, and mouthwash. Dental cleanings at East Haddam Dental Associates can help to polish away stains from the bonding material. With good care, bonding and contouring may last as many as ten years. At your dental examination, we can help you determine if your dental bonding and contouring procedure should be done again to refresh your smile.
Bonding and contouring is an aesthetic treatment, so it's typically not paid by insurance. Our office can talk to your dental insurance company to double check if it is covered; however, you will probably need to pay for the cost of the treatment on your own. At your consult, we will discuss your estimated costs and payment methods we take at East Haddam Dental Associates.
Bonding and Contouring
Bonding and contouring is a wonderful procedure if you would like to enhance minor flaws in your teeth without the time and expense of other cosmetic procedures. Find out more about bonding and contouring at your consult with us at our office in Moodus, CT. Contact East Haddam Dental Associates to make your appointment and get a more beautiful smile.