What Is Dental Bonding and Contouring?
A wide range of cosmetic concerns may impact the appearance of the teeth and ultimately, a patient's self-confidence. In a number of cases, our exceptionally skilled general dentists can easily repair such issues with composite dental bonding and contouring techniques. A quick, effective treatment, bonding and contouring applies composite resin (the same material used for tooth-colored fillings) to cover tooth discoloration, fill gaps between teeth, lengthen a tooth, or even improve a tooth's shape. If you or a family member have cosmetic concerns and are looking for a treatment to improve the appearance of your smile, make an appointment to learn more about dental bonding and contouring at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics in Wyomissing and Reading, PA.
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Who Can Have Dental Bonding and Contouring Treatments?
Bonding and contouring may improve minor cracks, chips, gaps, discoloration, tooth length, and more. A cost-effective alternative to more extensive cosmetic procedures, composite bonding and contouring can usually be done in one quick visit. While bonding does not require preparations, like crowns or veneers, it is not quite as strong and generally does not last as many years. Dental bonding and contouring is best for minor flaws, but if you need more extensive enhancements, a different cosmetic or restorative treatment may be a better option. During your appointment, our team will listen to your needs and concerns and then discuss your treatment options.
How Is Dental Bonding and Contouring Performed?
Composite bonding and contouring is usually performed in a single appointment at our office in Wyomissing, PA. You should not need anesthesia, but sedation options may be discussed during your consultation for concerns, like anxiety or a strong gag reflex, and to enhance your comfort. As soon as you are comfortable in the treatment chair, we select the shade of composite that matches your enamel shade and apply the resin to the desired areas. The bonding material will be set with a special curing light as each layer of material is added. Once the bonding process is complete, our experts will contour and polish the composite resin and your natural teeth so that it blends for an even, seamless finish.
How Do I Care For My Teeth After Bonding and Contouring?
Composite bonding material can chip and stain so it is best to avoid biting into objects, like hard candy, pens, pencils, and your fingernails. Bonded teeth can be cleaned just like regular teeth with daily flossing and brushing but can stain over time. To keep your smile bright, we recommend brushing after consuming coffee, tea, or other foods or drinks that stain the teeth. Routine dental cleanings at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics will help to polish away stains from the bonding material. With good care and maintenance, composite bonding and contouring may last up to ten years. During your dental checkups, we will continue to monitor the condition of your bonding and let you know if touch-ups are needed at any time.
Will Insurance Cover Dental Bonding and Contouring?
Dental bonding and contouring is a cosmetic treatment and may not be covered by dental insurance. Before beginning your treatment, our financial coordinator will review your insurance benefits and inform you of any estimated personal cost. Our team at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics is happy to offer an array of convenient payment options, including interest-free financing through Wells Fargo.
Dental Bonding and Contouring FAQ
How long do dental bonding and contouring results last?
You can expect your bonding and contouring results to last about 10 years. We use composite resin, a durable material, when bonding front teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene, maintaining routine dental visits, and not biting hard objects can all prolong your results.
How long does it take to recover from bonding and contouring?
Contouring and dental bonding at our Wyomissing, PA office doesn't require much recovery time. Patients can often return to their everyday activities once they leave the office.
How long is the dental bonding and contouring procedure?
Bonding and contouring can take 30 – 60 minutes, depending on your goals and needs. We will let you know how long to expect before we begin.
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A Simple Smile Solution
Bonding and contouring is a minimally invasive approach to improving minor flaws in the teeth without the expense and time of other cosmetic options. Effective for repairing chips, small gaps, discoloration, and other imperfections, composite bonding may be a great option to enhance the appearance of the smile in patients of all ages. Contact Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics in Wyomissing and Reading, PA today to schedule an appointment and learn more about this simple smile solution.