You can't always avoid accidents. For example, maybe you take a bad step trip, and chip your tooth. Sometimes another tooth can become discolored from an illness or medication. Dieter Burr, D.M.D. performs bonding and contouring to fix these small cosmetic flaws at his office in Merritt Island, FL. An effective and quick 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 Merritt Island Center for Dentistry.
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Bonding and contouring may fix gaps, chips, cracks, discoloration, short teeth, and more. Dental bonding and contouring is a more affordable cosmetic dental treatment and normally can be done in a single 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 larger improvements, a different restorative or cosmetic treatment may be a better option. At your consultation, Dr. Burr will listen to your needs and concerns and then discuss your best treatment options.
What To Expect
Bonding and contouring can be performed usually in a single appointment in our office in Merritt Island, FL. You should not need anesthesia; however, sedation options may be reviewed with Dr. Burr 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. Burr 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. Burr 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 (like 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 Merritt Island Center for Dentistry can help to polish away stains from the bonding material. With proper care, bonding and contouring may remain for as many as ten years. At your dental examination, Dr. Burr can help you determine if your bonding and contouring 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. Burr, he will go over your estimated costs and the payment methods we take at Merritt Island Center for Dentistry.
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Quick Cosmetic Improvements
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. Burr at his office in Merritt Island, FL. Contact Merritt Island Center for Dentistry to schedule your appointment and get a more beautiful and healthy smile.