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
Dental Bonding Contouring Reviews
"After years of dealing with discoloration on my two front teeth, Dr. Fredericks offered to bond the teeth and remove the discoloration. Every other dentist I've visited only offered veneers or crowns to fix the issue. I'm so happy with the results! The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable as well!"- A.R. / Healthgrades / Nov 07, 2018
"I can honestly say Dr. Fredericks is phenomenal. My father was a dentist so he has been the only dentist I have gone to for the past 45 years. While I love my father, I still was never in love with the idea of going to his office, but my father was extremely intelligent and always provided us with the best care. Since his retirement about a year ago, we received a referral to Dr. Fredericks. Clearly I was skeptical as I wondered if a new dentist would tell me I had numerous cavities and provide me with a laundry list of items needing to be fixed seeing as I only had one cavity. Amazingly enough, I was super impressed with Dr. Fredericks as she provided me with a thorough cleaning which was gentler than my father’s teeth cleaning technique and fortunately I had no cavities which made me super happy. Dr. Fredericks chair side manner is excellent. She will tell you stories of her family partially as a distraction but they are entertaining. I was so impressed with the basics (cleaning, x rays, etc) undertaken during my initial appointment, I chose to go back for a second appointment a week later to have her fix some cosmetic bonding items I never had time to address prior to my father’s retirement. All I can say is WOW! The difference was astounding and truly amazing. I encourage her to show everyone the difference because it is truly remarkable. This review might seem fabricated or provided by one of Dr. Frederick’s family members, but I can assure you, it is not. She is truly a terrific dentist and I encourage everyone to visit her because she truly makes magic happen. I look forward to my next visit."- R.M. / Google / Aug 04, 2021
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.