About Dental Bonds and Contour
Dental bonding and contouring is a less invasive way to improve small flaws, like a tooth’s size, shape, or spacing, than a dental veneer. Dental bonding and contouring is a technique in which a tooth-colored, putty-like material is carefully applied to improve the appearance of a tooth. It’s a more conservative alternative to placing a dental crown or veneer and also a quicker process. While it will not provide the structural support of a dental crown or fully encapsulate the tooth like a veneer, dental bonding and contouring can conceal minor flaws. Dr. Susan Fredericks, a respected Woodland Hills, CA cosmetic and general dentist, performs dental bonding and contouring at her practice near Calabasas. Bonding and contouring is a quick procedure that does not require any special recovery time. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Fredericks at Southern Cal Smiles if you would like to:
- Conceal a crooked or misshapen tooth
- Cover up stains or discoloration
- Fill in small spaces between the teeth
- Lengthen a short tooth
- Mask small chips or cracks
"My visit was thorough and the hygienist was very gentle. The personalized service I received from Dr. Fredericks is top notch. The office staff is very professional and was considerate enough to get both my children an appointment at the same time as to not be an inconvenience."- H.B. / Google / Jan 22, 2018
"My new teeth are the best !"- M.J. / Google / Jan 15, 2018
"After waiting over 6 years to go back to a dentist, I was nervous going in. My past experiences had been dreadful to the point that I figured it would inescapably be that way no matter where I went. But (thanks to Susan and her staff) it didn't take me long to realize that I was mistaken. Everyone here is kind and considerate - even the other patients I've met so far. Their work is great and pretty quick, too. They even go out of their way to make sure all insurance and payment information is straight-forward (not to mention they helped me find a good oral surgeon who takes my insurance for wisdom teeth removal). All in all, you can't go wrong here. I plan to remain a patient here for as long as I live anywhere in the general area.Thanks for everything, Susan!"- C.D. / Yelp / Dec 18, 2017
"Dr. Susan Fredericks and her team are wonderful. I've been going there for a couple years now and I've never had any issues. They are very knowledgeable, great with scheduling, and try their best to keep prices fair. Highly recommend!Susan is dedicated to her passion and community. She volunteers at MEND clinic and helps teach dentistry all while running her practice. Super woman! Highly recommend!"- M.M. / Google / Dec 03, 2017
"Dr. Fredericks is great! I came in with a chipped tooth and she was able to perfectly match the color - it looks even better than before it was chipped! My regular dentist was very impressed with her work!"- A.A. / Google / Dec 03, 2017
What to Expect
Dental bonding and contouring is usually fast and painless for most patients, so it can be performed in our Woodland Hills office with little or no anesthesia. To prepare the tooth for proper bonding, Dr. Fredericks will etch the top layer of the tooth and then apply a conditioning gel. Before it is applied, the resin itself is matched to your natural tooth color and carefully painted onto the enamel. A special light is used to harden and cure the resin until it fully covers the treatment area. Once the resin is set, Dr. Fredericks can polish and buff the surface of the tooth to make the bonded teeth smooth and even. The natural teeth can also be polished and contoured with special dental instruments to remove sharp edges and even out the tops of your teeth.
You may find that your newly bonded and contoured teeth feel a little weird at first, but you will gradually become accustomed to the new shape and feeling. To prolong the lift of dental bonding, you should schedule regular dental visits at Southern Cal Smiles for cleanings and exams, and maintain a good home care routine with brushing and flossing. After bonding and contouring treatments, you should avoid staining food and drinks, as well as smoking and wear on the teeth. With good care, bonding and contouring can last 3 – 10 years before another treatment may be needed to maintain results.
If dental bonding and contouring is needed to fix a tooth, dental insurance may cover some of the cost. If the procedure is only of cosmetic improvements, insurance will typically not cover the cost. Based on your needs, our office will determine what your dental insurance will cover and what will be charged to you directly. Southern Cal Smiles offers many payment and financing options to make dental bonding and contouring affordable for our Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients.
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Quick, Easy Fixes
For significant cosmetic improvement, Southern Cal Smiles offers dental bonding and contouring to fix chipped, fractured, decayed, and discolored teeth in a single visit to our office in Woodland Hills, CA. The composite resin is easily bonded to the tooth to conceal and strengthen while seamlessly matching the color of your natural teeth. Talk to Dr. Fredericks about using bonding and contouring to enhance your smile and dental health.