What Is Dental Bonding and Contouring?
Though small chips, uneven biting edges, or slight gaps between the teeth may seem like minor dental issues, they can still be a cosmetic concern for some patients. At ACE Dental of Temple, our talented general dentists are thrilled to offer the simple yet impactful option of dental bonding and contouring to enhance the appearance of the smile. Dental bonding utilizes composite resin material (which is also used for tooth-colored fillings) to cover tooth discoloration, reduce spaces between gapped teeth, make a tooth longer, and even change a tooth's shape. To learn whether this quick cosmetic dentistry option can help create a more confident, balanced smile for you or a loved one, schedule a visit with our friendly Temple, TX team!
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Is Composite Bonding Right for You?
Dental bonding and contouring is a cost-effective aesthetic procedure that is usually completed in a single office visit. It does not call for the preparation of porcelain crowns or veneers; however, it also is not quite as strong and may not last as long. During your consultation, our caring team will listen to your needs and concerns and then help you decide if dental bonding is the ideal treatment for achieving your smile goals. Composite dental bonding may be used to enhance the appearance of:
- Uneven or short teeth
- Small spaces between teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
The Treatment Process
Cosmetic bonding and contouring can generally be completed in a single appointment at our office in Temple, TX. You will likely not need any anesthetic; however, we may provide nitrous oxide sedation to help you relax if you have any dental fears, anxiety, or a strong gag reflex. To place dental bonding, one of our skilled dentists will choose a shade of composite that matches your natural enamel and begin applying the material to the desired areas. The bonding material will then be hardened with a special light and contoured to achieve a balanced, natural shape. Both the resin and your natural teeth will then be polished so the composite feels smooth and offers a seamless result for your smile.
Caring for Bonded Teeth
You will be free to go about your normal daily activities following your dental bonding and contouring procedure. Composite bonding material can stain and chip so it is a good idea to avoid biting into hard surfaces, like ice, pens, or your fingernails and clean your teeth right after eating. Bonded teeth should be cared for just like natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing. Biannual cleanings at ACE Dental of Temple can help to remove surface stains from the composite resin and keep your smile looking bright. Composite dental bonding can last as long as ten years when good oral health is maintained.
Will Insurance Cover Dental Bonding?
Bonding and contouring is generally considered an aesthetic treatment and may not be covered by most dental insurance plans. Our billing team can contact your insurance company to review your coverage prior to calculating your treatment costs. At ACE Dental of Temple, we strive to make dental care as affordable as possible and accept a convenient selection of payment methods, including low-interest financing plans.
Transform Minor Smile Flaws With Cosmetic Bonding
Cosmetic bonding and contouring from our Temple, TX team may be a great way to transform minor flaws in your teeth without the time and expense of other aesthetic treatments. This quick yet effective option uses tooth-colored composite to fill gaps, fix chipped teeth, and more to create natural-looking smile results. Learn more about the benefits of bonding and contouring by booking a cosmetic dentistry consultation at ACE Dental of Temple.