What are dental bonding and contouring?
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Michaela Tozzi is excited to offer dental bonding and contouring to local Las Vegas patients to correct minor cosmetic flaws. Dental bonding and contouring is a dental procedure that utilizes a tooth-colored, gel-like material (composite resin) to restore chipped, decayed, or discolored teeth. This procedure can also be used to contour the surface and overall shape of the front teeth to achieve a more balanced and natural-looking appearance. If you live in the Henderson or Las Vegas area, contact our office today to schedule a consultation at Michaela Tozzi, DMD. Our team can assess your cosmetic concerns to see if dental bonding and contouring is right for you.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Bonding And Contouring?
Dental bonding and contouring performed by Dr. Tozzi creates a brilliant new smile for you by offering a number of great benefits, including:
- Fixing damaged teeth (cracks, chips, and more)
- Filling in gaps and spaces between teeth
- Rebuilding teeth that are worn down (usually due to grinding)
- Balancing uneven or misshapen teeth
- Building up teeth that are too small
- Resizing overly large teeth
- Achieving a more uniform look to your smile
- Addressing stained teeth
- Improving the bite and overall oral health
- Treatments are quick and pain-free
"Absolutely wonderful. The staff is always incredibly nice and helpful. If you’re looking for a new dentist this is the place."- S.B. / Google / Jul 25, 2022
"Dr. Tozzi is so great! She makes you feel so comfortable with any procedure! Highly recommended!!!"- S.K. / Google / Jun 28, 2022
"I found Dr. Tozzi online and chose her office because she was rated excellent. The receptionist told me to do the Virtual Consult because Dr. Tozzi was very busy during the summer season and she would get back to me. Although it took a little longer than I was hoping for, Dr. Tozzi did get back to me and give me her opinion and advice as to how to correct by cosmetic issue with my gums and teeth. She gave me very good information and I will follow that advice."- B.W. / Google / Jun 28, 2022
"Dr. Tozzi is so great! She makes you feel so comfortable with any procedure! Highly recommended!!!"- O. / Google / Jun 25, 2022
"Best dentist I’ve been to in 50 years. Everyone who works there are top notch professionals. "- M.P. / Healthgrades / Jun 23, 2022
Am I a good candidate for dental bonding and contouring?
Prior to any treatment, Dr. Tozzi will perform a full consultation to determine if this procedure is right for you. Bonding and contouring may fix cracks, chips, gaps, tooth length, discoloration, and other cosmetic imperfections. These concerns may be caused by natural wear and tear our teeth experience over time or from a traumatic injury or accident. Dental bonding and contouring is also typically reserved for men and women who have minor cosmetic flaws. If you have significant tooth damage or major cosmetic concerns, a smile makeover may be better suited for your needs.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM dental bonding and contouring?
Although a highly customized procedure, dental bonding and contouring is usually completed in a single visit at our office in Henderson, NV. Anesthesia is not required for this procedure, but to help keep you comfortable and relaxed, we can administer some form of sedation. We offer several sedation options, which can be discussed during your initial appointment. Once you're prepped, Dr. Tozzi will apply the bonding material to the desired teeth with the help of one of her skilled dental assistants. The resin will be set with a special light before more layers are added. After the layers of composite resin are set, Dr. Tozzi will shape and smooth the filling material and your teeth for a natural, seamless result.
WHAT IS RECOVERY LIKE AFTER dental bonding and contouring?
After bonding and contouring, you should avoid staining foods and beverages (such as coffee, tea, and tobacco) for 48 hours. The composite resin can chip and stain so do not bite hard objects, such as ice cubes, hard candy, fingernails, and pens. You should also brush your teeth as soon as possible after every meal. Bonded teeth need to be cleaned just like natural teeth with daily brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. Biannual cleanings at Michaela Tozzi, DMD will help to polish away stains from the composite resin. With ideal dental care, your restoration can last for many years. At your annual dental exam, Dr. Tozzi can monitor the condition of your restoration and determine when it may be time to perform a secondary procedure to maintain your results.
WILL INSURANCE COVER MY dental bonding and contouring?
Since dental bonding and contouring is considered an elective cosmetic treatment, it is traditionally not covered by dental insurance. Our Las Vegas team can contact your insurance company to double-check your coverage, but you will probably need to pay for the cost of the treatment on your own. During your consultation with Dr. Tozzi, she will discuss an estimate of your procedure cost and the different payment options we accept at Michaela Tozzi, DMD.
Dental bonding and contouring FAQ
Does dental bonding and contouring hurt?
No, most patients don't find the procedure painful or even uncomfortable. In most cases, Dr. Tozzi doesn't even need to use anesthetic, but if pain is a concern, she offers sedation options to ensure your utmost comfort.
How much does dental bonding and contouring cost?
A number of factors will determine the costs of your dental bonding and contouring procedure, including your oral health, the condition of your teeth, which teeth are being treated, how many teeth are treated, and more. During your consultation, Dr. Tozzi will examine your teeth and listen to your goals to help create the best treatment plan for you. Once your plan is finalized, she can estimate your costs.
Are there any cons to dental bonding and contouring?
Like natural enamel, the composite resin from dental bonding can absorb stains over time. The material used is also a little less durable than tooth enamel, so be sure to avoid habits like biting pens or fingernails.
Can you whiten bonded teeth?
It’s important to know that the composite resin doesn’t respond to whitening treatments. So if you’re looking to maintain a bright smile, ask our dental team about our recommendations. We can offer solutions to keep your smile white.
How long do results last from dental bonding and contouring?
Patients can expect dental bonding and contouring to last between 3 – 10 years. Patients may extend their results if they continue to clean and care for their teeth as normal. Remember to avoid biting down on hard objects and ice to prevent damage.
correct cosmetic flaws
Michaela Tozzi, DMD is pleased to serve the surrounding communities of Henderson and Las Vegas, NV with leading dental care. If you are bothered by minor cosmetic flaws, such as chips or discoloration, reach out to our office today to learn more about dental bonding and contouring. Dr. Tozzi is a skilled cosmetic dentist who has extensive experience in restoring flawed teeth to achieve a gorgeous, natural-looking smile.
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