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Dental Bonding and Contouring (Cosmetic Improvements with Composite Resin) – Williston, VT

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Overview

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.

Best Candidates

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.

Recovery

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.

Insurance Coverage

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.

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