Overview of Dental Bonding and Contouring
You can't always avoid accidents. You could take a bad fall and chip a tooth. Sometimes a tooth can get discolored for any number of reasons, such as a medication or illness. Our experienced dentists, led by Dr. Brett Cotham, offer dental bonding and contouring to correct certain cosmetic flaws at our office in Joplin, MO. An effective and quick cosmetic treatment, bonding and contouring applies composite resin (the same material used for tooth-colored fillings) to cover tooth discoloration, reduce gaps in your teeth, make a tooth longer, or even change the shape of a tooth. If you want a great way to improve your teeth, make an appointment to learn more about bonding and contouring treatments at 32nd Street Dental.
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Best Candidates for Dental Bonding and Contouring
Cosmetic bonding and contouring can fix gaps, chips, cracks, tooth length, discoloration, and other minor cosmetic flaws. Bonding and contouring is an affordable cosmetic treatment and can often be completed in a single appointment. It also doesn’t require preparations, like veneers or crowns; however, it isn’t as strong and generally doesn’t last as many years. Bonding and contouring is good for small issues so if you require more extensive changes, another cosmetic or restorative procedure may be considered. During your appointment, our team will listen to your goals and then go over your treatment options.
What To Expect from Dental Bonding and Contouring
Dental bonding and contouring is generally completed in one visit to our office in Joplin, MO. You don't need any anesthesia, but sedation methods can be discussed with one of our talented dentists during your appointment for problems, like anxiety or a strong gag reflex. Once you are comfortable, we will begin applying the composite resin to the needed teeth. The resin will be hardened with a special light before more layers are added. Once the bonding process is done, we will contour and polish the filling material and your natural teeth for an even appearance.
Recovery from Dental Bonding and Contouring
After you've had dental bonding and contouring, you should avoid staining foods and beverages (like tobacco, coffee, and tea) for 48 hours. The composite resin can chip and stain so don’t bite down on hard objects, such as ice cubes, hard candy, fingernails, and pens, and brush your teeth right after eating. Bonded and contoured teeth should be cleaned just like regular teeth with regular flossing and brushing. Bi-annual cleanings at 32nd Street Dental will help to remove stains from the composite resin. With ideal care, dental bonding can last up to ten years. During your annual dental exam, one of our experienced dentists can help you decide if the cosmetic bonding and contouring procedure needs to be redone to maintain your appearance.
Insurance Coverage for Dental Bonding and Contouring
Dental bonding and contouring is a cosmetic procedure so it is usually not covered by your dental insurance. Our team can contact your insurance company to confirm your coverage, but most patients will pay out-of-pocket for this procedure. In your consultation with one of our dentists, they can talk about an estimate of cost and payment options we accept at 32nd Street Dental.
Plan Your Procedure
Bonding and Contouring
Cosmetic bonding and contouring can be a good treatment if you want to correct your smile without the expense and time needed for other cosmetic options. Get more information about dental bonding and contouring at a consultation with one of our seasoned dentists at our office in Joplin, MO. Contact 32nd Street Dental to schedule an appointment and get started toward a more attractive smile.
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