Dental Bonding and Contouring in Houston, TX

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What Is Dental Bonding and Contouring?

At Made Ya Smile Dental, we understand the value of a healthy, attractive grin. Small imperfections in the smile zone may be affecting your oral health or keeping you from sharing a confident smile with others. To correct discoloration, chips, and small spacing between the front teeth, our team offers a simple solution known as dental bonding and contouring. This quick but effective treatment uses composite resin colored to match the shade of your own tooth enamel to improve the shape, size, and color of a tooth without the need for extensive treatment. If small flaws on your teeth are affecting your smile and self-confidence, schedule a visit with our skilled team of dentists at our Houston, TX family practice today.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bonding and Contouring?

At Made Ya Smile, dental bonding and contouring can provide an assortment of advantages for individuals seeking to enhance the look and functionality of their teeth. Some of the primary benefits include:

  • Provides an affordable solution versus more extensive dental treatments, such as veneers or crowns
  • Elevates the strength and durability of weakened or worn-out teeth
  • Requires only minor enamel reduction, protecting the natural tooth structure
  • Enhances tooth shape, size, and placement
  • Addresses little cosmetic imperfections, including chips, cracks, and stains
  • Brief and comfortable service
  • Can increase an individual's self-esteem about their teeth
  • Generates results that last a long time

Who Is a Candidate for Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding and contouring can correct a range of cosmetic concerns in your smile and may be ideal for patients of all ages. This type of treatment can restore the appearance to individual teeth by adding tooth-colored bonding material to the front, back, sides, or edges of teeth. Bonding and contouring may be used to correct teeth that are chipped, discolored, misshapen, short, or narrow and can fill spaces between the teeth for a more balanced and even-looking smile.

Performed in a single dental appointment, bonding and contouring is more affordable than veneers or crowns and does not require extensive prep work. While an effective option in a number of scenarios, composite material does not offer the strength or durability of porcelain or ceramic cosmetic restorations. If you have more extensive oral health needs or cosmetic concerns, we can help you find a different solution to best meet your needs. Our dentists will provide a thorough evaluation of your teeth and smile and listen to your concerns. We can then work together to determine the right treatment path for you.

What Is the Dental Bonding and Contouring Process?

In most cases, we can complete bonding and contouring for cosmetic improvements with composite resin within a single visit to our practice. Dental bonding is a minimally invasive procedure and usually does not require the need for anesthetic. If you experience anxiety when visiting the dentist or have a sensitive gag reflex, we can discuss sedation options to improve your comfort. To begin, our dentists will prepare the treatment area of your tooth with a special cleansing solution. We will then apply composite material selected to match your shade of enamel and sculpt and contour the material to achieve proper tooth anatomy. The material is set and hardened by a special curing light, after which we will polish your bonding for a smooth and seamless finish. Bonding blends evenly with the teeth and looks as though it has been a part of your smile all along.

How Can I Care for My Bonded Teeth?

Once your dental bonding and contouring procedure is complete, there is generally no recovery period. You are free to eat, speak, and smile confidently, but avoid biting into hard objects, such as fingernails, pens, or ice. Brushing and flossing immediately after consuming foods and beverages dark in color can help to minimize the chance of your bonding becoming stained or discolored. Teeth that have composite bonding can be cared for just like the rest of your mouth with daily home care efforts and routine cleanings with our team at Made Ya Smile Dental. During your cleaning visits, we will monitor your bonding and polish away stains to keep your smile bright. Over time, your bonding may need to be repaired or replaced due to normal wear and tear in the mouth but may last for as long as ten years or so.

Is Dental Bonding Covered by Insurance?

Some insurance plans may offer coverage for dental bonding and contouring, depending on why the procedure is being performed. Made Ya Smile Dental accepts most major PPO plans and offers convenient payment options to help our patients cover any personal costs. A member of our team will contact your insurance provider to review your plan's benefits and will let you know of any costs before we begin your treatment. We are also happy to provide information on flexible patient financing plans through CareCredit®.

Dental Bonding and Contouring FAQ

How long do dental bonding and contouring results last?
Dental bonding and contouring results can last a maximum of 10 years. Your results can be prolonged by practicing good oral hygiene, avoiding biting hard objects, and scheduling regular dental exams and cleanings.

Do you need time to recover after dental bonding and contouring?
There is not a significant recovery period needed following dental bonding and contouring. Patients should be able to return to their regular routine once they leave our office.

How long is the dental bonding and contouring procedure?
Composite resin bonding typically takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete. Our team will discuss what to expect during your consultation.

Minimally Invasive Smile Repair

Our team at Made Ya Smile Dental is pleased to offer a wide range of treatment options to help you and your family enjoy all the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile. Dental bonding and contouring is a cost-effective alternative to improving the appearance of your smile without the time and investment associated with more extensive cosmetic options. To see if dental bonding and contouring with composite resin is right for you, contact our Houston, TX family dental practice and reserve a consultation with our team.

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