Dental Bonding and Contouring in Melbourne, FL

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Overview

An accident can happen at any time. You may take a bad fall and chip a tooth, or a tooth can become discolored for any number of reasons, such as from a medication or illness. Experienced dentist Dr. Sangiv I. Patel offers dental bonding and contouring to improve minor cosmetic flaws at his office in Melbourne, FL. A fast, effective cosmetic treatment, bonding and contouring applies composite resin (the same material used for tooth-colored fillings) to hide tooth discoloration, fill gaps between teeth, make a tooth longer, or even change the shape of a tooth. If you want a great way to improve your smile, schedule an appointment to learn more about bonding and contouring at Dr. Patel's private practice, Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA.

Best Candidates

Dental bonding and contouring can treat cracks, gaps, chips, discoloration, tooth length, and other flaws. It is an affordable cosmetic procedure and can usually be done in a single visit. This treatment doesn't require prep work, like veneers or crowns; however, it is not as strong as veneers and typically doesn't last as long. Dental bonding and contouring is ideal for minor flaws so if you wish for more extensive changes, another cosmetic or restorative procedure may be better. During your consultation, Dr. Patel will listen to your needs and wants and then go over your options.

What To Expect

Dental bonding and contouring will be typically done in one visit at our office in Melbourne, FL. You shouldn't require any anesthesia, but options for sedation can be discussed with Dr. Patel during your consultation if you experience any anxiety or have a strong gag reflex. Once you are ready, Dr. Patel will begin applying the composite resin to the needed areas with the help of one of his assistants. The composite resin will be hardened with a special light before more layers are added. When the bonding process is set, Dr. Patel will contour and polish the composite resin and your natural teeth for an even result.

Recovery

Once you've had dental bonding and contouring, you should avoid staining foods and drinks (like tea, coffee, and tobacco) for two days. The bonding material can chip and stain so don’t bite down on hard objects, such as ice cubes, hard candy, fingernails, and pens. You should also be sure to brush your teeth immediately after eating. Teeth that have been bonded and contoured should be cleaned, like regular teeth, with regular flossing, brushing, and mouthwash. Dental cleanings at Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA will help to remove stains from the composite resin. With good care, dental bonding can last up to ten years. During your annual dental exam, Dr. Patel will help you decide if the dental bonding and contouring procedure needs to be redone to maintain your smile.

Insurance Coverage

Dental bonding and contouring is a cosmetic procedure so it is typically not covered by insurance. Our office can contact your insurance company to confirm your coverage, but most patients will pay out-of-pocket for this procedure. At your consultation, Dr. Patel will discuss an estimate of costs and payment options we accept at his private practice.

Bonding and Contouring

Dental bonding and contouring can be a wonderful procedure if you want to enhance minor flaws in your teeth without the expense and time needed for other cosmetic procedures. Find out more about bonding and contouring during your consultation with Dr. Patel at his office in Melbourne, FL. Contact our office to make your appointment, and get started on your journey toward a beautiful smile.

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