Dental Bonding and Contouring in New York, NY

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Accidents happen. You may take a bad fall and chip a tooth. It's also possible that a tooth can get discolored for any number of reasons, such as a medication or illness. Our cosmetic dentists at SmilesNY Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry offer dental bonding and contouring to improve small cosmetic flaws at our office in New York, NY. A fast but 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 SmilesNY.

Best Candidates

Dental bonding and contouring can help with cracks, chips, gaps, discoloration, tooth length, and other flaws. Bonding and contouring is an affordable cosmetic procedure and can usually be done in one quick visit. It also doesn’t need prep work like veneers or crowns; however, it isn’t as strong and typically doesn’t stay on as long. Bonding and contouring is ideal for minor flaws, so if you want more extensive changes, another cosmetic or restorative procedure may be better. During your consult, one of our dental professionals 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 New York, NY. You shouldn't need any anesthesia, but options for sedation can be discussed during your consult for concerns like fear, anxiety, and a strong gag reflex. Once you are ready, the composite resin will be applied to the needed areas. The composite resin will be hardened with a special light before more layers are added. Once the bonding process is set, the composite resin and your natural teeth will be contoured and polished for an even result.


Once you've had dental bonding and contouring, you should avoid staining drinks and food (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, and 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 SmilesNY 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, your dental care specialist will help you decide if the dental bonding and contouring procedure needs to be re-done 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, a member of our team can discuss an estimate of cost and payment options we accept at SmilesNY.

Dental Bonding and Contouring FAQ

Does dental bonding and contouring hurt?

No, for most people, dental bonding and contouring isn't painful at all. In most cases, it isn't even necessary to use any type of anesthetic. Because only a small amount of enamel is removed when a tooth is being contoured, most patients don't experience any discomfort during the procedure. While there may be some tooth sensitivity after the procedure is complete, it is often easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and typically goes away quickly (within about 48 hours).

What dental issues can dental bonding and contouring fix?

  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Breaks

How long does dental bonding and contouring last?

Most patients can expect the results from their dental bonding and contouring to last up to 10 years before needing a maintenance treatment by practicing good oral hygiene and getting regular dental checkups at SmilesNY Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in New York, NY.

Does dental bonding and contouring look natural?

Yes, it does. Dental bonding uses a type of composite resin that matches the natural shade of healthy, white teeth and can be specifically matched to your specific aesthetic needs for a natural, yet stunning look.

Bonding and Contouring

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 at your consultation at our office in New York, NY. Contact SmilesNY to make your appointment and get started toward a more beautiful smile.

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