About Bonding and Contouring
To aesthetically improve minor dental imperfections on an otherwise healthy smile, board-certified dentist, Dr. Todd McCracken, recommends dental bonding and contouring or tooth reshaping. Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic procedure which can be used to repair cracks or fill gaps in teeth or cavities as well as to cover stains and discoloration on teeth. Dental contouring is the gentle reshaping of the tooth or teeth by Dr. McCracken, who will use dental tools to carefully remove excess tooth enamel, creating a more desirable shape. At Laser Smile Studio in Denton, TX, we believe that every patient deserves a smile they can be confident about. To set up a consultation with Dr. McCracken or to find out more about dental bonding and contouring, give our office a call today.
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What to Expect
Dental bonding and contouring is usually fast and pain-free for most patients so it can be performed in our office office with little or no anesthesia. To prepare the tooth for proper bonding, Dr. McCracken will etch the top layer of the tooth and applying a conditioning gel. Before it is applied, the resin itself is matched to the patient's natural tooth color and and carefully painted on to the enamel. A special light is used to harden and cure the resin until the resin fully covers the treatment area. One the resin is set, the Dr. McCracken can polish and buff the surface of the tooth to make the bonded teeth smooth and even. The natural teeth can also be polished and contoured with special dental instruments to remove sharp edges and even the tops of the teeth.
Patients may find that their newly bonded and contoured teeth feel a little weird at first, but they gradually become accustomed to the new shape and feeling. To prolong the lift of dental bonding, patients should attend regular dental visits for cleanings and exams and well as maintaining a good home care routine with brushing and flossing. After bonding and contouring treatments, patients should avoid staining foods and drinks, as well as smoking and wear on the teeth. With good care, bonding and contouring can last 3 - 10 years before another treatment may be needed to maintain results.
If dental bonding and contouring is needed to fix a tooth, dental insurance may cover some of the cost, but if the procedure is only of cosmetic improvements, insurance will not cover the cost. Based on your needs, our office will determine what your dental insurance will cover and what will be charged to you directly. Our office offers many payment and financing options to make dental bonding and contouring affordable for our patients.
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Quick, Easy Fixes
For significant cosmetic improvement, oLaser Smile Studio offers dental bonding and contouring to fix chipped, fractured, decayed, and discolored teeth in a single visit. The composite resin is easily bonded to the tooth to conceal and strengthen concerns while seamlessly matching the color of the natural teeth. Talk to Dr. McCracken about using bonding and contouring to enhance your smile and dental health.