Dental Bonding and Contouring Overview
Sometimes, accidents happen. For example, maybe you take a bad fall and chip a tooth. Sometimes a tooth can get discolored for any number of reasons, such as a medication or illness. General and cosmetic dentist Dr. Natalie Scarmato offers dental bonding and contouring to fix these small cosmetic flaws at her office in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York, NY. A quick, effective cosmetic treatment, bonding and contouring applies composite resin (the same material used for tooth-colored fillings) to mask tooth discoloration, reduce spaces between gapped teeth, make a tooth longer, or even change the shape of a tooth. If you want a great way to improve the appearance of your smile, schedule a consultation to learn more about dental bonding and contouring at Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. in Manhattan.
Best Candidates for Dental Bonding and Contouring
Bonding and contouring can improve chips, cracks, gaps, discoloration, short teeth, teeth shape, and more. Bonding and contouring is an affordable cosmetic dental treatment that can normally be done in one appointment. It also doesn’t require the prep work of veneers or crowns; however, it isn’t as strong and usually doesn’t last as long. Bonding and contouring is best for minor cosmetic flaws so if you need more extensive changes, another cosmetic or restorative procedure may be a better option. During your consultation, Dr. Scarmato will listen to your needs and concerns and then go over your best treatment options.
What To Expect with Dental Bonding and Contouring
Dental bonding and contouring can be usually performed in one visit at our office in New York, NY. You should not need any anesthesia, but sedation options can be discussed with Dr. Scarmato during your consultation if you have any dental fears, anxieties, or a strong gag reflex. Once you are comfortable in the treatment chair, Dr. Scarmato will begin applying the composite resin to the needed areas of your teeth with the help of one of her dental assistants. The bonding material will be hardened with a special light before more layers are added. Once the bonding process is complete, Dr. Scarmato will contour and polish both the resin and your natural teeth for an even finish.
Dental Bonding and Contouring Recovery
After dental bonding and contouring, you should avoid staining food and drinks (like coffee, tea, and tobacco) for at least 48 hours. The composite bonding material can chip and stain so don’t bite down on hard objects, such as ice cubes, pens, pencils, and your fingernails. You should brush your teeth as soon as possible after eating to prevent staining. Bonded teeth should be cleaned like regular teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. Professional dental cleanings at Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. will help to remove stains from the composite resin. With proper care, dental bonding can last up to ten years. During your annual dental exam, Dr. Scarmato will help you decide if the bonding and contouring procedure needs to be redone to maintain your results.
Dental Bonding and Contouring Insurance Coverage
Dental bonding and contouring is a cosmetic procedure so it is generally not covered by dental insurance. Our front office can contact your insurance company to confirm your coverage, but most patients will pay out-of-pocket for this procedure. During your consultation with Dr. Scarmato, she can go over an estimate of cost and your payment options.
Plan Your Procedure
Bonding and Contouring
Dental bonding and contouring can be a great option if you want to improve the appearance of your smile without the expense and time needed for other cosmetic treatments. Learn more about the benefits of cosmetic bonding and contouring during a consultation with Dr. Scarmato at her office in New York, NY. Contact Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. in Greenwich Village to schedule your appointment and get started toward a beautiful and healthy smile.