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. Dentist Dr. Lauren Shanard performs bonding and contouring to fix these small cosmetic flaws at her office in Williston, VT. A fast but 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 Contemporary Dental Arts.
"Karen did a great job on my teeth! She’s very thorough, answers any questions you have, and she’s always fun to talk with."- L.J. / Google / Mar 29, 2019
"Coming from CT, I had a beautiful smile created from a great dentist in New Haven several years ago. I moved to New Hampshire and looked for the best to take over care. It just so happened that my New Haven dr traveled from CT to VT specifically to have HER OWN smile created by Dr Shanard and highly recommended Dr Shanard. She was absolutely right. Dr Shanard is very meticulous in perfecting your look. She is extremely patient and caring. She and her excellent staff take the time to explain thoroughly procedures, and expectations. I can’t say enough about Contemporary Dental Arts"- L.G. / Google / Mar 27, 2019
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"UPDATE TO EARLIER REVIEW:I have now been a patient with Contemporary Dental Arts (Dr. Lauren Shanard) for nearly three months. I am undergoing a massive amount of work - replacements of many old crowns, three new implants, and a redo of 20-year-old veneers - and while the cost is staggering (as it generally is for this type and quality of cosmetic and restoration work), I am confident that I am making a wise investment at the right place. In the past, I was never charged for temporary crowns (that was a substantial expense at this office which I did not expect), but I have also never had such beautiful provisionals, which I appreciated as the lab took a while to create my permanent crowns (and Dr. Shanard sent them back to be redone because they were not quite perfect enough, also much appreciated). Dr. Shanard is superbly skilled with her hands, aesthetically discerning, medically informed, and up-to-date on the newest dental techniques. She will not settle for "okay" and spends extra time to reach her ideal. She maintains a very good network of related specialists (including my equally excellent periodontist and endodontist, with whom cooperative communication has been exemplary). Dr. Shanard‘s entire staff operates with the same high standards, as well as thoughtfulness and respect for their patients. The sophisticated facility is immaculate. I am now about one-third of the way along in my treatment plan, and up to this point, the results have been exceptional - far better than the work I had done by Manhattan dentists during my many years of living in that city. ORIGINAL REVIEW:As a new patient, I was graciously welcomed into Dr. Shanard‘s beautiful dental office. I was neither rushed nor pressured, considerate accommodations were made for my comfort throughout, and all staff were so very kind and professional. Dr. Shanard is thorough, knowledgeable, compassionate and patient. She clearly explained everything to me in both a medical and easily understandable manner. My initial experience has been excellent and has given me hope in my complex case. I look forward to continuing the relationship."- E.S. / Google / Feb 13, 2019
"The new girl that cleans your teeth is fantastic! Penny at the front desk is always wonderful. I always have anxiety about going to the dentist and they are very understanding of that. Highly recommended!"- B. / Google / Jan 11, 2019
Bonding and contouring may help with cracks, chips, 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 quick visit. 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. Shanard will listen to your needs and concerns and then discuss your best treatment options.
What To Expect
Bonding and contouring can usually be performed in a single appointment at our Williston, VT office. You should not need anesthesia; however, sedation options may be reviewed with Dr. Shanard 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. Shanard will apply the bonding material to the desired areas of your teeth aided by one of her dental assistants. The bonding material will be set with more layers added, as needed. After the layers of composite resin are complete, Dr. Shanard will shape and smooth both the resin and your natural enamel for a beautiful finish.
After a bonding and contouring treatment, 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 Contemporary 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. Shanard 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 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. Shanard, she will go over your estimated costs and payment methods we take at Contemporary 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. Shanard at her office in Williston, VT. Contact Contemporary Dental Arts to schedule your appointment and get a beautiful and healthy smile.