About Dental Bonds and Contour
At Houston Heights Dentistry, Dr. Neela Patel uses dental bonding and contouring to reshape and refine the shape of teeth to produce an enhanced smile. Dental bonding is a procedure that uses plastic resin to cover up any flaws. The resin is matched to the natural color of the patient's teeth. It is a simple procedure that can make a drastic aesthetic difference. Dental contouring helps adjust the shape of the teeth to make them look either longer or shorter, as well as smoother and more even. Whether you are wanting to fix a chipped or misshapen tooth or remove jagged edges, dental bonding and contouring can help you achieve a straighter, more beautiful smile.
Veneers can also be used to achieve the same type of results. The downside to bonding is that it can be stained by coffee, wine, and sodas while veneers will not stain. The plus is bonding is less expensive than veneers.
"Dr. Neela Patel and staff are wonderful. I've been going here for 20 years and even though it is out of the way from my work and home it's worth the drive."- D.A. / Google / Sep 18, 2018
"A PLEASANT VISITI visited Dr. Neela Patel's office for the first time Nov 2019 for the military veteran's smile event. I was able to fill my paperwork out ahead of time with the help of the excellent receptionist to save time during the initial visit. As I entered the office I noticed the lobby was modern, warm & welcoming. Quickly, my initial evaluation was conducted with 3D panoramic high tech equipment and a friendly technician. After the evaluation, I was escorted back to the lobby and offered light refreshments as I enjoyed the joyful music. As I enjoyed my snacks , I noticed another patient that was obviously suffering from some anxiety due to a dental visit. I witnessed the receptionist come from behind the desk to comfort the patient both verbally and physically. As I observed tears subside , pacing reduce and peace fill the room , I was nothing short of impressed with how the office staff when above and beyond to comfort patients. I met Dr. Patel during my procedure and her bubbly personality was delightful ! Another technician finished the job and answered all of my question regarding preventive maintenance and dental care. As I was leaving , I was given a "to go" bag with recommended products to continue my dental health journey. I was reminded that my teeth will be the last identifiable part of my body and how long they last is a direct reflection of my involvement of care. Although it was only my first visit, it felt as if I was visiting a friend to do homework at their home. THANK YOU Dr. Patel and the wonderful support staff! I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS OFFICE TO ALL SEEKING DENTAL CARE :)"- S.M. / SmileReminder / Dec 21, 2019
"I went in for a teeth cleaning as a new patient and they were extremely thorough and gentle! They were able to see a few minor problems that need fixing and have been nothing shy of friendly. They answer any questions you may have!!"- K.J. / Google / Dec 06, 2019
"I was very impressed with Dr Patel and her staff - to a person they are wonderfully efficient and gracious. Her work is outstanding, my bite has always been complicated but she shaped my new fillings expertly and they have been totally comfortable. I also have TMJ problems and a small mouth and typically experience discomfort after dental work. She and her assistant managed things quite well and I had zero soreness afterward. She also used 'anti-numbing' at the end to speed up the process of normalization which cut the time in half, so I was presentable and could resume work more quickly."- M.R. / Google / Nov 25, 2019
"I can't say enough good things about Dr. Patel and her staff. due to personal neglect, I have some serious dental issues and I am self-conscious about it; so it is hard for me to go into the dentist office. Dr. Patel is amazing and her staff does a wonderful job treating me in a way that minimizes pain/discomfort. I give Dr. Patel's office 5 stars only because I am not able to give her anything more than that. If you are looking for a dentist, especially if you have dental office related anxiety like me, I highly recommend Dr. Patel's office."- D.M. / Google / Nov 23, 2019
What to Expect
Dental bonding and contouring is usually a fast procedure for most patients so it can be performed in our office with little or no anesthesia. To prepare the tooth for proper bonding, the top layer of the tooth will be etched and conditioning gel will be applied. Before this step, the resin itself is matched to the patient's 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 set, the resin is buffed and polished to make them look smooth and natural. The natural teeth can also be polished and contoured with special dental instruments to remove sharp edges and even out the edges of the teeth.
Patients may find that their newly bonded and contoured teeth feel a little weird at first, but they gradually become accustomed to the new shape and feeling. To prolong the life of dental bonding, patients should maintain regular dental visits for cleanings and exams, and also maintain a good home care routine with brushing and flossing. After bonding and contouring treatments, patients should avoid foods and drinks that can stain, as well as smoking to keep the resin from staining. Also, patients should be careful biting into foods with their front teeth in order to keep the resin bonded areas from chipping. 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 for cosmetic improvements, insurance will not cover the cost. Based on your needs, our administrative team will determine what your dental insurance will cover and what will be charged to you directly. We offer many payment and financing options to make dental bonding and contouring affordable for our patients.
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Quick, Easy Fixes
For significant cosmetic improvement, our office provides dental bonding and contouring to fix chipped, fractured, and discolored teeth in a single visit. The composite resin is easily bonded to the tooth to conceal and strengthen while seamlessly matching the color of the natural teeth. Call Houston Heights Dentistry to learn about using bonding and contouring to enhance your smile and dental health.