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
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are incredible! They are very kind and made me feel comfortable during my visit. I love that they were very communicative and explained what they were doing. Misty and Anna were gentle during xrays and my cleaning. I can’t recommend them enough!"- A.C. / Yelp / Jul 30, 2021
"Dr Abraham is amazing! I’m terrified of the dentist and avoid it at all cost. But I finally realized I needed to just get it over with. He was very informative on what steps were going to take place. A dear friend referred me and honestly it was the best experience ever. I’m looking forward to fixing my issues and continuing regular care with Dr Abraham and his team. Thanks to the lovely ladies who made my experience not so frightening."- C.P. / Yelp / Jul 29, 2021
"I have been a patient of Life Time Smiles of OC for many many years. Everyone in the office is very nice and friendly. The office is clean and welcoming. I don’t have any problems with my teeth. So I only see them twice a year. Thankyou life time smiles for keeping me smiling"- J.R. / Yelp / Jul 29, 2021
"I always have an amazing experience @ lifetime smiles of OC. DR A is phenomenal. The whole staff goes above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. Misty took a great care of me and my teeth never felt cleaner and my gum never felt healthier not to mention her amazing wonderful chairside manners. Ana M the super Assisstant that wears so many hats and gets the job done while smiling all the way through. Thank you guys"- C.N. / Yelp / Jul 29, 2021
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
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.
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.
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.
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