Dental bonding and contouring is a simple solution often used to help patients overcome minor smile imperfections. A quick, one-visit procedure, dental bonding and contouring restore the shape, size, and other cosmetic effects to create a balanced and attractive appeal for teeth sitting within the smile zone. If you have chipped enamel, small gaps between teeth, or areas of tooth discoloration, general dentist Dr. Andrew LeQuang may suggest cosmetic bonding and contouring. He and our team can add composite material the color of your enamel to your teeth to even tooth structure and form the proper anatomical shape for each tooth. Though composite bonding does not offer the same durability and strength as porcelain restorations, it may be the ideal solution to enhance the look of your smile and improve how you feel about your grin. Schedule your visit with Dr. LeQuang at Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX today to see if dental bonding and contouring is a good cosmetic choice for your smile.
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Treating minor smile imperfections with dental bonding and contouring may be a great choice for patients of any age, including younger children. This simple and convenient cosmetic procedure does not involve much tooth preparation and may be a good alternative and cost-effective option over more extensive procedures like porcelain veneers and dental crowns. While bonding is an excellent choice for some patients, it does not offer the same level of strength and durability as other materials, like porcelain. Dental bonding and contouring are completed by adding and shaping the tooth-colored composite material to any surface of the teeth, including the biting edges, sides, front, and back areas. Dr. LeQuang often uses this technique to bring a natural anatomical appearance and cosmetic appeal back to teeth that may be too narrow, misshapen, short, uneven, chipped, discolored, or gapped. If you have chipped a tooth or unhappy with the look of your smile due to minor flaws, talk with Dr. LeQuang and see if dental contouring and bonding can help or if another type of cosmetic solution would better suit your goals.
What To Expect
As a minimally invasive procedure, dental bonding and contouring is safe for all patients and can easily correct several types of cosmetic concerns with the smile. Dr. LeQuang can provide local anesthetic if necessary but the process is generally comfortable for most patients even without the numbing effects. Sedation dentistry may also be provided for those who experience fear or anxiety when visiting the dentist. To prepare your teeth for bonding, Dr. LeQuang will clean the surfaces with a special liquid, which also helps the tooth-colored composite material to adhere to your tooth. He will then select a shade of composite that matches your enamel and apply it to your tooth in the necessary areas. Using refined artistic skill, Dr. LeQuang will sculpt and shape the composite to create proper anatomical margins of your tooth for a natural look and feel. The bonding material will then be set (cured) with dental light and polished for a smooth, seamless finish.
Recovering from a dental bonding and contouring procedure is easy and generally does carry any type of discomfort. If you received dental anesthetic, you should wait to eat until you are no longer numb. Apart from this consideration, you can begin to enjoy your new smile right away. Dental bonding and contouring creates a balanced look and enhances the cosmetic appeal of your smile for a boost in self-confidence. You should be able to eat and talk normally and take care of your bonding with daily home care. Brushing and flossing right after you eat or drink can help to minimize staining and discoloring of your bonding over time. To keep your bonding in the best shape and to avoid damage, we urge you to avoid biting on hard objects like pens, ice, and fingernails. At each of your bi-annual dental cleaning and exam visits at Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX, our team will evaluate your bonding to make sure it is still intact and supporting your smile. Normal wear and tear in the mouth over time may result in the need to repair your bonding. However, when cared for properly, cosmetic improvements with composite resin can often last for up to ten years before requiring replacement.
Your dental insurance plan may offer some coverage towards your dental bonding and contouring procedure, based on the reason for the treatment. Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX accepts most PPO dental plans and will work to help you maximize your insurance benefits. Any personal expenses for your care will be presented to you before we begin your procedures. Our practice is pleased to help make covering the cost of care easy to afford and takes several convenient payment options. We will work with you to find a solution that matches both your dental and cosmetic needs and family budget. Be sure to ask our team about flexible financing solutions through CareCredit®.
Bonding and Contouring
Every patient deserves to have an attractive, healthy smile they can confidently show off. Chipped or narrow teeth, tooth discoloration, and additional cosmetic flaws in the smile can often be quickly and easily resolved using dental bonding contouring with tooth-colored composite resin. Dr. Andrew LeQuang offers this treatment as a cost-effective alternative to porcelain crowns or veneers to help patients of all ages enjoy a beautifully balanced grin. If minor imperfections are keeping you from feeling confident about your smile, schedule a consultation at Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX today to learn more about dental bonding and contouring for improved cosmetic appeal.