Dental Bonding and Contouring in Del Mar, CA

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Accidents can happen unexpectedly, which in some cases can lead to a chipped or damaged tooth. It's also possible that a tooth can become discolored from an illness or medication. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Ron Barry performs bonding and contouring to correct certain cosmetic flaws at his office in Del Mar, CA. A fast but effective treatment, bonding and contouring uses composite resin (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, make an appointment to get more information about bonding and contouring treatments at Ron Barry, D.M.D.

Best Candidates

Cosmetic bonding and contouring may help with cracks, chips, gaps, tooth length, discoloration, and other minor cosmetic flaws. Dental bonding and contouring is a more affordable cosmetic treatment and can often be completed in one quick visit. It does not require 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, but if you require bigger improvements, a different restorative or cosmetic treatment may be considered. At your appointment, Dr. Barry will listen to your goals and then discuss your treatment options.

What To Expect

Bonding and contouring is generally completed in a single appointment in our office in Del Mar, CA. You don't need anesthesia; however, sedation methods may be reviewed with Dr. Barry at your appointment for problems, like anxiety or a strong gag reflex. As soon as you're comfortable, Dr. Barry will apply the bonding material to the desired teeth aided by one of his team members. The resin will be set with more layers added, as needed. After the layers of composite resin are done, Dr. Barry will shape and smooth the filling material and your natural enamel for a beautiful appearance.


After you've had bonding and contouring, it's important to not consume staining food 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, and your fingernails, and 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 Ron Barry, D.M.D. 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. Barry 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 by your dental insurance. Our team 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. In your consult with Dr. Barry, he will talk about your estimated costs and payment methods we accept at Ron Barry, D.M.D.

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Bonding and Contouring

Cosmetic bonding and contouring is a good treatment if you would like to correct your smile without the time and expense of other cosmetic options. Get more information about dental bonding and contouring at Ron Barry, D.M.D. in Del Mar, CA today. We can go over all your concerns and create a custom treatment plan for an attractive smile.

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