Value Dental Centers Tempe aims to ensure each of our patients not only has exemplary oral health, but that they can feel confident about their smiles as well. We offer dental bonding and contouring, a relatively quick and affordable cosmetic procedure, at our Tempe, AZ, office. Our skilled dentists can address a wide range of cosmetic flaws with the use of composite resin, including staining and uneven length and spacing. This natural looking, tooth-colored material will brighten and straighten your smile for a more beautiful appearance.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Bonding and Contouring?
Ideal candidates for dental bonding are patients who wish to address any of the following cosmetic flaws:
- Chipped, cracked, jagged, or otherwise damaged teeth
- Deep stains that do not respond to teeth whitening treatments
- Teeth that are unevenly spaced too far apart or too close together
- Teeth that are misshapen or too short or too large
Because dental bonding involves far less removal of the tooth enamel, it is often an excellent alternative for patients with insufficient enamel to qualify for porcelain veneers. Overall, patients should be in good oral health and any underlying issues should be addressed prior to a cosmetic procedure. We advise patients to quit smoking as composite resin is susceptible to staining and does not respond to teeth whitening.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Dental bonding and contouring can take up to two hours, depending on the number of teeth that require treatment and the extent of the work needed. To prepare your teeth, your dentist will apply an acidic solution to lightly etch the front surfaces of your teeth. This creates a better surface to which the composite resin can bond. After creating a shade of composite resin that will match your surrounding teeth, he or she will apply the bonding agent to the specified teeth. Your dentist will apply the resin in layers, adding length, filling gaps, and reshaping your teeth as necessary. We will smooth and polish the material then harden the resin with a UV light.
If you require any contouring, your dentist will reshape those teeth with specialized instruments. Sharp or overly pointy teeth can be filed down, as well as teeth that are disproportionately large. Once all facets of the procedure have been completed, your dentist will check to ensure your bite is properly aligned and make any minor adjustments as needed.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding and Contouring
In just one visit, you will have a whiter, more uniform smile. Composite resin is a strong and durable material, however, it is just as susceptible to cracks and other damage as your natural teeth. Additionally, composite resin is not stain-resistant, so it is important to avoid tobacco products and food and beverages that can stain your teeth. Unfortunately, dental bonding is a temporary solution. Your enhanced smile will last 5 to 10 years with proper care. After that time, your bonding must either be replaced with additional composite resin or porcelain veneers, depending on your eligibility for veneers. In the meantime, you can enjoy the confidence you get from a whiter, straighter, more uniform smile after your bonding and/or contouring procedure.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
The best way to determine which cosmetic procedure is right for you is to contact our office and schedule a consultation at Value Dental Centers Tempe today.