Dental Bonding and Contouring Overview
Teeth that have small flaws, like chips, cracks, or slight gaps, are often bothersome to many of our patients. In such cases, skilled dentists Doctors Richard Caron and John Kenney offer dental bonding and contouring in our modern Tupelo, MS practice to improve these minor cosmetic flaws. A fast, effective cosmetic treatment, bonding and contouring uses composite resin (the same material used for tooth-colored fillings) to hide discoloration, reduce spaces between gapped teeth, lengthen a tooth, or even change the shape of a tooth for enhanced cosmetic appeal. If you want a simple treatment to improve your smile, schedule an appointment to learn more about dental bonding and contouring treatments at Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Best Candidates for Dental Bonding and Contouring
Dental bonding and contouring can treat small gaps, chips, cracks, insufficient length, discoloration, and other flaws. This type of service is an affordable cosmetic dental treatment and can often be completed in a single appointment. While dental bonding and contouring does not require tooth preparations, like crowns or veneers, it is not as strong and typically does not last as long as these types of restorations. Dental bonding and contouring is ideal for minor flaw, but if you require more extensive care, another cosmetic or restorative procedure may be considered. During your consultation, doctors Caron and Kenney will listen to your needs and concerns and then discuss your best treatment options for improving the look of your smile.
What To Expect with Dental Bonding and Contouring
Bonding and contouring is generally a comfortable procedure and can be usually completed without the need for anesthesia; however, sedation methods may be reviewed at your consultation for concerns, like anxiety or a strong gag reflex. As soon as you are comfortable, doctors Caron or Kenney will apply the composite resin (matched to your enamel shade) to the specified areas of your teeth. The resin will be hardened with a special light and cured to the tooth structure. Once the composite resin is set, we will shape and smooth both the resin and your natural teeth to blend evenly and smoothly for a beautiful result.
Dental Bonding and Contouring Recovery
After you have had dental bonding placed, you can generally resume your normal daily activities. The bonding material can chip and stain just like natural enamel so we advise against biting into hard objects, like ice cubes, hard candy, pens, and your fingernails. It is also best to brush and floss your teeth as soon as possible after eating or drinking dark-colored beverages, like coffee and tea. Bonded teeth should be cleaned just like natural teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash, and maintained on a routine basis through professional dental cleanings at Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. With proper attention and regular care, bonding and contouring may last between 3 – 10 years. At your dental exam visits, doctors Caron or Kenney will evaluate your dental bonding and let you know if any repairs need to be made as time goes on.
Bonding and Contouring
Cosmetic bonding and contouring with our expert Tupelo, MS team can be a great treatment option if you want to correct minor flaws in your smile without the time and expense required for other cosmetic procedures. Learn more about bonding and contouring during a consultation with doctors Caron or Kenney at Contact Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. We look forward to helping you attain and enjoy a beautiful and healthy smile.