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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cosmetic Bonding and Recontouring

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Cosmetic Bonding and Recontouring

Image of dentist inspecting a patient's teethTooth bonding is an excellent procedure for repairing a tooth that has become discolored or damaged. Made out of the same material as a tooth-colored filling, the plastic resin used will blend in seamlessly with your natural tooth color.

Are there any preventative steps?

With proper care, you can expect composite bonding to last for up to a decade. Although the composite material is strong, keep in mind that it is not as strong as your tooth enamel. To help extend the life your tooth bonding, it’s crucial that you avoid chewing on hard candy, ice cubes, and other substances that can cause cracks in the bonding material. Avoid such habits as biting your nails and chewing on pen caps as these can also weaken the bonding material.

What else should I avoid following the procedure?

Because the bonding material is subject to staining—particularly in the days following the procedure—it’s best to avoid coffee, tea, and tobacco products right after the bonding material is applied.

As always, brush and floss your teeth regularly at home, and see your dentist twice each year for checkups and cleanings to protect your oral health.

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For more information on dental bondings from your Pikesville dentist, call Naylors Court Dental Partners today. We are happy to answer any questions you might have!

You take excellent care of your teeth but are unhappy with the appearance of your smile. Maybe you have a tooth that is discolored, misshapen, or that overlaps another tooth. Your dentist in Pikesville wants you to love your smile and would be happy to speak to you about dental bonding or recontouring. These are noninvasive and typically inexpensive ways to upgrade your smile.

In some cases, patients opt for both treatments depending on the aesthetic issue.

Dental bonding means your dentist uses a composite resin material to reshape your tooth or conceal discoloration or cosmetic damage like chips or shape issues. In this process, your dentist is adding material to your tooth—the same material used in tooth-colored fillings.

In dental recontouring, your dentist removes negligible dental material to reshape a tooth, correct an overlap, or buff out a cosmetic chip. Your dentist can also use recontouring to correct pointy or long teeth, giving you a more symmetrical smile.  

So, when you think about dental bonding, consider that your dentist is adding material to a tooth or teeth. When you think about recontouring, consider that your dentist is removing material.

Of course, your dentist can use both options to change the appearance of a tooth or teeth as well.

Schedule your tooth bonding and recontouring consultation today.

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