Dental Bonding and Contouring (Cosmetic Improvements with Composite Resin) – San Diego, CA

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An accident can happen at any time. Odds are, you could take a bad step, trip, and chip your tooth. It's also possible for a tooth to become discolored from an illness or certain medications. To address accidents or unforeseen events, general dentist Dr. Nick Dovey performs bonding and contouring at his office in San Diego, CA to improve upon certain cosmetic flaws. A fast, effective treatment, bonding and contouring makes use of composite resin (which is also used for tooth-colored fillings) to cover discoloration, reduce gaps in your teeth, lengthen a tooth, and even improve a tooth's shape. For an effective treatment to enhance your teeth, schedule an appointment to get more information about bonding and contouring treatments at Finest City Dental.

Best Candidates

Cosmetic bonding and contouring can treat cracks, gaps, chips, tooth length, discoloration, and other minor cosmetic flaws. It's a more affordable cosmetic treatment when compared to others, and it can often be completed in a single visit. Dental bonding and contouring doesn't require extensive preparations, like crowns or veneers, but it is not as strong and generally does not last as many years. Dental bonding and contouring is good for small issues. If you require bigger improvements, however, a different restorative or cosmetic treatment could possibly be considered. At your appointment, Dr. Dovey will listen to your concerns and then discuss your treatment options to achieve the most ideal outcome.

What To Expect

Bonding and contouring is generally completed in a single appointment at our office in San Diego, CA. You won't require any anesthesia; however, sedation methods can be talked about with Dr. Dovey at your appointment if you experience problems, like anxiety or have a strong gag reflex. As soon as you're comfortable, Dr. Dovey, while aided by one of his team members, will apply the bonding material to the desired teeth. The resin will be set, and more layers can be added as needed. After the layers of composite resin have been administered, Dr. Dovey will shape and smooth the filling material around your enamel for a natural and beautiful appearance.


After you've had bonding and contouring, it's important not to consume staining foods and beverages (such as tobacco, coffee, and tea) for 48 hours. The composite resin can stain and chip so do not bite hard objects, like ice, hard candy, pens, or your fingernails. You should also be sure to clean your teeth right after eating. Bonded and contoured teeth need to be cared for, like natural teeth, with daily flossing and brushing. Bi-annual cleanings at Finest City Dental can help to polish away stains from the bonding material. With ideal care, bonding and contouring may last as long as ten years. At your dental examination, Dr. Dovey can help you determine if your cosmetic bonding and contouring procedure should be done again to refresh your appearance.

Insurance Coverage

Bonding and contouring is an aesthetic treatment so it's usually not paid for by your dental insurance. Our team can talk to your insurance provider. It's likely that you will have to pay for the cost of the treatment on your own. During your consultation with Dr. Dovey, he can discuss your estimated costs and go over various payment methods we accept at Finest City Dental.

Bonding and Contouring

Cosmetic bonding and contouring is a good treatment if you would like to correct your smile without undergoing the time and expense of other cosmetic options. Get more information about dental bonding and contouring during your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Dovey at his office in San Diego, CA. Contact Finest City Dental to schedule an appointment and get a gorgeous smile.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.