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Not every cosmetic concern with your smile is an oral health issue. A tooth can be perfectly healthy even if it’s chipped, broken, or stained. For minor cosmetic problems like these, Dr. Kevin Boulard, the founder and owner of Something to Smile About, provides smile repair procedures. Dental bonding and contouring restore teeth in a pain-free way. Allow our experienced cosmetic dentist to repair your smile at our Merrimack, NH location.

How dental bonding works

Dental bonding uses liquid resin to seal imperfections or tooth decay. This bonding is color-matched to your existing teeth, which makes it undetectable. Bonding can be used to make teeth look longer or to repair gaps. Before chipped teeth are bonded, Dr. Boulard will etch the top layer of the tooth with a conditioning gel. Next, a UV light is used to harden and cure the resin until it covers the area being treated. Once set, it is polished and buffed to make the tooth smooth.

What is contouring?

Teeth contouring, or reshaping, focuses on aesthetics while also improving oral health. It can be used to fix gaps or broken teeth, which makes it easier to clean them and reduces the risk of tooth decay. Dr. Boulard reshapes the edges of the teeth to be smoother or more even. Minor reshaping of the front teeth can provide a smile transformation too. For patients with jagged edges, overlapping teeth, or a tooth that is longer than others, dental contouring is a great option. Our professional staff will use contouring to create a more symmetrical smile for you.

What does dental bonding and contouring treat?

Dental bonding and contouring can treat the following aesthetic concerns for our Merrimack, NH patients:

  • Chips

  • Cracks

  • Breaks

  • Malformed or misshapen teeth

  • Stains

  • Discoloration

They are both fast and, usually, pain-free procedures that require little to no anesthesia.

Frequently asked questions about teeth bonding and contouring

How long does bonding last?

Our Merrimack, NH patients can expect their teeth bonding, or contouring, to last from three to ten years, depending on your oral hygiene routine. Bonded teeth should be cared for with daily brushing and flossing. Also, avoid biting down on sharp objects as bonding material can chip or break. When this happens, Dr. Boulard can easily repair bonded teeth.

Is contouring good for my teeth?

Yes, it is. Due to the smoothing of chips and cracks where bacteria can hide, reshaping the teeth can help you avoid future cavities.

Does contouring make teeth sensitive?

Every case is different, but some people do experience tooth sensitivity after this cosmetic dentistry procedure. This is often caused by taking off too much tooth enamel. However, Dr. Boulard is a highly trained professional who knows the proper amount of enamel to remove before performing these reparative procedures.

How long does dental bonding or contouring take?

Generally, both procedures can be done in one visit to our Merrimack, NH office. Most patients can return to their daily life immediately after the visit.

Caring for bonded or contoured teeth

When you have dental bonding or contouring, there are many things that you can do to keep these teeth looking their best for a long time. Having regular dental exams and routine dental cleanings ensure your oral health is at its best. Also, avoid any food or beverages that can possibly stain the teeth for at least 48 hours after your treatment.

Learn more about how dental bonding and contouring can repair your smile

At Something to Smile About, Dr. Kevin Boulard performs dental bonding and contouring procedures for patients of all ages looking to transform their smiles. Whether chips, light stains, gaps, or breaks, these flaws can significantly impact your smile. Dental bonding and contouring are noninvasive procedures that provide instant results. They can transform the shape, length, and size of flawed teeth, resulting in a more balanced and symmetrical smile. To learn if dental bonding and contouring is a viable option for you and to find out more information on how to start your smile transformation, call today to schedule a consultation at our Merrimack, NH office.

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