Sometimes, accidents happen. For example, maybe you take a bad step, trip, and chip your tooth. It's also possible that a tooth can become discolored from an illness or medication. Dr. Justin Becerra performs bonding and contouring to fix these small cosmetic flaws at his office in Lakewood, CO. A quick, effective treatment, bonding and contouring uses composite resin (also used for tooth-colored fillings) to mask discoloration, reduce spaces between gapped teeth, lengthen a tooth, and even improve a tooth's shape. For an effective treatment to enhance the appearance of your smile, schedule a consultation to get more information about dental bonding and contouring at Alpine Dental Arts.
Bonding and contouring may improve chips, cracks, gaps, discoloration, short teeth, teeth shape, and more. Dental bonding and contouring is a more affordable cosmetic dental treatment and normally be done in one appointment. It does not require the prep work of crowns or veneers, but it is not as strong and usually does not last as long. Dental bonding and contouring is best for minor cosmetic flaws, but if you need bigger improvements, a different restorative or cosmetic treatment may be a better option. At your consultation, Dr. Becerra will listen to your needs and concerns and then discuss your best treatment options.
What To Expect
Bonding and contouring can be usually performed in a single appointment in our office in Lakewood, CO. You should not need anesthesia; however, sedation options may be reviewed with Dr. Becerra at your consultation if you have any dental fears, anxieties, or a strong gag reflex. As soon as you're comfortable in the treatment chair, Dr. Becerra will apply the bonding material to the desired areas of your teeth aided by one of his dental assistants. The bonding material will be set with more layers added, as needed. After the layers of composite resin are complete, Dr. Becerra will shape and smooth both the resin and your natural enamel for a beautiful finish.
After bonding and contouring, it's important to not consume staining food and drinks (such as coffee, tea, and tobacco) for at least 48 hours. The composite bonding material can stain and chip, so do not bite hard objects like ice, hard candy, pens, and your fingernails, and clean your teeth as soon as possible after eating. Bonded teeth need to be cared for like natural teeth with daily brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. Professional dental cleanings at Alpine Dental Arts can help to polish away stains from the bonding material. With proper care, bonding and contouring may last as long as ten years. At your dental examination, Dr. Becerra can help you determine if your bonding and contouring procedure should be done again to refresh your results.
Bonding and contouring is an aesthetic treatment, so it's generally not paid for by dental insurance. Our front 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. During your consult with Dr. Becerra, he will go over your estimated costs and payment methods we take at Alpine Dental Arts.
Bonding and Contouring
Dental bonding and contouring is a great option if you would like to improve the appearance of your smile without the time and expense of other cosmetic treatments. Learn more about the benefits of cosmetic bonding and contouring during a consult with Dr. Becerra at his office in Lakewood, CO. Contact Alpine Dental Arts to schedule your appointment and attain a more beautiful and healthy smile.