Dental Bonding and Contouring Overview
Accidents happen. You may take a bad step, trip, and chip your tooth. It is also possible that a tooth can become discolored from an illness or medication. Highly skilled dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham performs bonding and contouring to fix dental imperfections at his office in Santa Ana, CA. A fast but effective treatment, bonding and contouring uses composite resin (also used for tooth-colored fillings) to hide stains and discoloration, fill gaps between teeth, fix cracks or chips in a tooth, lengthen a tooth, and even improve the shape/size of a tooth. For an effective treatment to enhance your smile, schedule an appointment to get more information about bonding and contouring at LifeTime Smiles of OC.
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are great! Not only have they seen me, but our three kids (ages 8,8 & 9, yes twins) and our grandma. We've all seen dentists that are highly recommended, from Corona Del Mar to San Jose as we use to live in Silicon Valley, but I can honestly say that Sr.Abraham and his staff (from dental hygienists, front office staff to the Doc himself) are the best I've seen. They are obviously a for profit business, but they go out of their way to make sure you get more value than what you would ever expect. Dr.Kareem is above all, concerned with the overall health of our entire family. He does things like screen his patients for different issues, as a precaution and doesn't charge extra, just to make sure he has a good overall picture of your health and that you're well informed. I think the biggest thing though is everyone in our family likes going to the dentist because it's always a good experience. The doc is wonderful with our kids and they really like him. They've never complained of anything and that's great! I just recently found out that Dr.Kareem was listed as OC's top 10 doctors in Orange Coast magazine and he didn't pay them a dime, it was a total surprise to him."- S.B. / Yelp / Mar 20, 2019
"The best dentist in Orange County. I have been visiting this office for years now. The staff are courteous and professional, they know who you are and are happy to see you. They provide excellent care and attention with the newest equipment and techniques. MOST IMPORTANTLY you will not feel a thing when they are working on your teeth. They are incredibly gentle while they work. I recently had a filling and the procedure was over before I even knew it. When I say that I didn’t feel a thing I mean that I did not feel even the slightest pinch, pressure, or discomfort. I was incredibly impressed and can not speak well enough about this office."- A.S. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"We are so thankful we met Dr.Abraham!Our first appointment was our family of four.Luckily they had kids center filled with legos( mind you before this whole COVID craziness happened) where they were able to enjoy legos and watch a movie while my husband and I got our cleaning. I couldn’t believe how sweet and loving all the girls were! I can’t remember all the names but Ms.Anna entertained the girls while Chelsea literally heated up an organic cheese pizza for my girls to eat while we finished! Not only was customer service on point but the actual dental work that needed to be done was finished professionally! Luckily my husband just needed cleaning. But I had some work done including a root canal where I was taken to Dr.Bijan for my root canal In which he did a n awesome job! Didn’t feel a thing with the gentle wave tech! So thank Dr.Abraham for sending me to Dr.Bijan and back to get my perfectly shaped crown that was assisted with Mariah. Did I mention you can get the rhinestones here that have been going In style! Ask Mariah for details! Again, don’t waste your time looking around just check it out! Sorry for novel!"- J.R. / Yelp / Jun 22, 2020
"I have a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in a while and was absolutely amazed at how great his teeth looked. I asked him who his dentist was and I switched immediately to LifeTime Smiles. I am so glad I did. What a great office atmosphere ontop of Dr. Abraham being a great dentist. I believe he takes great care in the wellbeing of my husband and I and our dental needs. I would HIGHLY recommend LifeTime Smiles of OC."- L.B. / Yelp / Jun 10, 2020
"During the COVID-19 pandemic I had a capped tooth that was previously chipped years ago. The cap on the tooth came off leaving me with half a front tooth and no dentist being open to fix it. Luckily through a family member I was able to find Dr. Abraham and see him in less than 24 hours after I chipped my tooth!! Dr. Abraham went above and beyond to see me and fix my tooth, he even apologized for not being able to see me the same day it happened. His office is also extremely helpful and friendly. Anna at the front desk was very welcoming and accommodating. Also, his assistant Mariah was extremely friendly, personable, and helpful. I now will be going Dr. Abraham for all my dental work and will be referring all my family and friends to him."- A.C. / Google / Jun 10, 2020
Best Candidates for Dental Bonding and Contouring
Dental bonding and contouring may help with correcting cracks, chips, gaps, discoloration, tooth length, and other flaws. As a more affordable cosmetic procedure, bonding and contouring can usually be done in one quick visit to our facility. It does not need prep work like with crowns or veneers, but it is not as strong and typically does not stay on as long. Dental bonding and contouring is ideal for minor flaws, but if you want larger improvements, a different restorative or cosmetic treatment may be better suited for your specific needs. During your consultation, Dr. Abraham will listen to your needs and wants and then discuss your appropriate treatment options.
What To Expect with Dental Bonding and Contouring
Bonding and contouring will typically be done in a single appointment at our facility in Santa Ana, CA. You shouldn't need anesthesia; however, options for sedation may be reviewed with Dr. Abraham at your consultation for concerns like fear, anxiety, and/or a strong gag reflex. As soon as you're ready, Dr. Abraham will apply the bonding material using a bonding agent to the desired areas aided by one of his assistants. The composite resin will be set with more layers added, as needed. After the layers of composite resin are set, Dr. Abraham will shape and smooth the composite resin and your natural enamel for a beautiful result. He will also check your bite and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort.
Dental Bonding and Contouring Recovery
Once you've had bonding and contouring, it is important to not consume staining drinks and food (such as tea, coffee, and tobacco) for two days. The bonding material can stain and chip so you should not bite hard objects like ice, hard candy, pens, and your fingernails. Additionally, you should clean your teeth immediately after eating. Teeth that have been bonded and contoured need to be cared for like natural teeth with daily flossing, brushing, and mouthwash. Dental cleanings at LifeTime Smiles of OC can help to polish away stains from the bonding material. With good care, bonding and contouring may last as long as ten years. At your dental examination, Dr. Abraham can help you determine if your dental bonding and contouring procedure should be done again to refresh your smile.
Dental Bonding and Contouring Insurance Coverage
Bonding and contouring is an aesthetic treatment so it is typically not paid for by insurance. Our office can talk to your dental insurance company to double check if it is covered; however, you will probably need to pay for the cost of the treatment on your own. At your consultation with Dr. Abraham, he will discuss your estimated costs and the payment methods we take at LifeTime Smiles of OC.
Plan Your Procedure
Bonding and Contouring
Bonding and contouring is a wonderful procedure if you would like to enhance minor flaws in your teeth without the time and expense needed for other more invasive cosmetic procedures. Find out more about bonding and contouring through a consultation with Dr. Abraham at his Santa Ana, CA office. Contact LifeTime Smiles of OC to make your appointment and achieve your desired smile.