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. At All About Smiles, Dr. Brett Cotham performs bonding and contouring to improve small cosmetic flaws at our office in Rogers, AR. 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.
Dental bonding and contouring may correct chips, gaps, cracks, discoloration, tooth length, and other flaws. This is a more affordable cosmetic procedure that is usually completed in just one visit. While bonding and contouring do not need prep work, like crowns or veneers, it is not as strong and typically does not stay on as long. Dental bonding and contouring can be a great solution for minor flaws, but if you want more extensive improvements, a different restorative or cosmetic treatment may be better. At your consult, Dr. Cotham will understand your unique situation and then discuss your options.
What To Expect
Bonding and contouring is typically completed in a single appointment in our office in Rogers, AR. You shouldn't need anesthesia; however, options for sedation may be reviewed at your consult for concerns, like fear, anxiety, and a strong gag reflex. As soon as you're ready, Dr. Cotham 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 foods and drinks (such as tea, coffee, and tobacco) for two days. The bonding material can stain and chip so it's important to clean your teeth immediately after eating and avoid biting hard objects, such as ice, hard candy, pens, and your fingernails. Teeth that have been bonded and contoured need to be cared for, like natural teeth, with daily flossing, brushing, and mouthwash. Dental cleanings at All About Smiles can help polish away stains from the bonding material. With good care, bonding and contouring may last as long as ten years. At your dental examination, we can help you determine if this 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 consultation, we will discuss your estimated costs and payment methods we take at All About Smiles.
Plan Your Procedure
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 consultation with Dr. Cotham at All About Smiles in Rogers, AR. Contact a friendly member of our team to schedule your appointment and get a beautiful smile.