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Dental Bonding and Contouring in Traverse City, MI

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About Bonding & Contouring

A dental bonding is a composite resin that is used as an alternative to amalgam fillings and porcelain veneers. This is an excellent cosmetic option for those patients who do not want the look of silver in their mouths and do not want the expense of veneers. Dental bondings can be used on teeth that are decayed, cracked, stained, crowded or have gaps (diastema). The entire procedure is completed at our fully equipped Traverse City office by board-certified dentist, Dr. Phillip Yancho. These resins typically last from 4 – 10 years before they begin to chip and wear away. Bonded veneers at Yancho Family and Cosmetic Dentistry are a useful go between on younger patients or on patients who are not quite ready to invest in the more durable and aesthetic porcelain. The smaller the restoration, the longer it can last. When used as veneers, the bonding life is dependent on many factors, such as habits (smoking, using teeth as tools), diet, and the force of the bite. 

What to Expect

This treatment option is fast and painless. The dentist will begin by etching the surface layer of the tooth and applying a conditioning gel which will help ensure the resin will correctly bond to the tooth. The resin itself is matched to the existing tooth color and shaped to match the teeth near it. After that, a hardening light is used to harden the resin, and then the tooth is polished to to its final shape. This procedure is usually performed in the dentist’s office with little or no anesthesia. 

Treatment Aftercare

Patients should expect results to last for 3 – 10 years after this treatment. Good dental hygiene can prolong the duration, so patients are encouraged to follow a good home oral care routine and visit their dentist for regular exams and cleanings. Since dental bonding is easier to chip or stain than dental veneers, patients should avoid staining foods and drinks, quit smoking, and avoid biting hard objects. Even after the results diminish, the teeth can often be easily re-treated in order to prolong the results.

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Small Fixes, Big Improvements

Dental bonding and tooth contouring can help eliminate minor blemishes and cosmetic imperfections in your smile. Bonding and contouring is a fast, painless procedure that helps your teeth not only look better, but also improves your oral health by removing places for plaque and tartar to hide. Contact our office today and learn about how dental bonding and contouring can help you.

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