Bonding & Contouring

Reshaping Teeth Through Bonding And Contouring

Happy with their bonding & contouring treatment from Carson & Carson, DDS in Oxnard, California.

If you have chipped, jagged, or poorly aligned teeth then a bonding or contouring treatment might be the solution to restore the glow to your smile. Bonding mainly adds to teeth or changes their color. Contouring mainly reduces the outer layer of teeth to improve the texture or smoothness, or even to reduce the overall length of a tooth. Both treatment options are highly cost-effective in restoring the proper shape, length, size, and coloration of your teeth.

Bonding & Contouring are primarily used to:

  • Lengthen teeth that are too short.
  • Shorten teeth that are too long.
  • Smooth out jagged edges along teeth.
  • Fill in Chips or cracks in teeth.
  • Fix discoloration. Some stains may be unresponsive to teeth whitening treatments, but may be fixed through bonding and contouring of the tooth.
  • Fill in small gaps in between teeth.
  • Realign teeth that are slightly crooked or misaligned.

In the 45 years that we have served in Ventura County, we have corrected thousands of dental issues with an affordable bonding or contouring treatment. Call today to schedule an appointment with the best dentists in Oxnard or Camarillo – Carson & Carson, DDS (805) 983-0717.


Chipped tooth before bonding treatment. Carson & Carson, DDS in Oxnard, California. Chipped tooth after bonding treatment. Carson & Carson, DDS in Oxnard, California.

Bonding is the reshaping of a tooth through the application of a tooth colored composite resin and a bonding agent. It is often used to reconstruct lost tooth structure or to smooth out the uneven surfaces of teeth. This treatment is perfect for concealing small chips, cracks, or severe stains in teeth.

The process of bonding begins with the slight grinding down of tooth enamel to facilitate the placement of bonding agent and composite resin. Once the materials are placed, the shape of the tooth can be sculpted and the natural tooth color can be refined as needed. Afterward, the extra material can be removed from the new tooth and it will be polished to finish the procedure. The cost, time taken, and pain-free nature of a bonding treatment make it an excellent choice in treating many common dental issues.


Tooth discoloration before and after contouring treatment. Carson & Carson, DDS in Oxnard, California.Contouring reshapes teeth by using a laser or drill to grind away at the enamel layer (outermost layer) to smooth out a the shape of a tooth’s structure. This treatment is often used to shorten teeth that are too long or too sharp, smooth jagged edges, or to improve a tooth’s surface texture.

In Contouring, we make modifications to a tooth using a drill or a laser to provide precise cosmetic results. The key in this procedure is to grind away as little as possible; to maintain the most amount of healthy tooth tissue while restoring the functionality and aesthetic of the tooth to normal.

After Contouring or Bonding

For the first few days after contouring or bonding, your teeth may feel a bit strange and it might take awhile to get used to the new shape of your teeth after these treatments. To maintain the new look and feel of your teeth, you should avoid smoking or eating foods that will stain the color of your teeth again such as coffee or red wine. With good oral hygiene, a bonding or contouring treatment could last up to 10 years before another treatment is needed.

Cost of Bonding and Contouring

The average cost of Bonding is between $100-$500 per tooth while Contouring costs between $50-$400 per tooth on average depending on how much work is needed. Both are cheaper than getting crowns, veneers, dentures, or implants of which many treat the same issues. Since contouring and bonding are considered elective cosmetic treatments in most cases, the cost is usually not covered by dental insurance.

Over 45 Years of Experience in Cosmetic Dentistry – Carson & Carson, DDS

Our dentists are specialists in cosmetic dentistry with over 60 combined years of experience. Since 1970, we have provided affordable dental care to the citizens of Oxnard and Ventura County and we are proud to be able to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people every year. Call us today for a pain-free dental experience from an Oxnard dentist that you can trust with your smile (805) 983-0717. 24/7 emergency dental treatment is available.

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Lamont Yvon
22:50 15 Mar 18
I have had a lot of procedures including 8 implants. There is no better dentist office than Carson and Carson. Dr. Derek Carson (the son of Dr. Leroy Carson) is FANTASTIC! He has learned well from his father (who still works there). Papa is the MAN!, and has been for years. Insane amount of knowledge. The Doctors are THE BEST! The support staff is fun and professional always. I will never go anywhere else.
Ana Castellanos
04:37 06 Aug 22
Excellent service. Dr. Derek was the only emergency oral surgeon to respond, everything was done so fast and without pain. Highly recommended, Carmen is his amazing front office manager, she is highly professional and knowledgeable. I had very painful broken wisdom tooth removed. I can honestly say I have waited longer at the Starbucks Drive thru. Thank you!!!
Laura Lassiter
18:32 15 Mar 18
The BEST dental office in Ventura County!! Super friendly staff, easy to schedule appts, no issues with insurance processing, and Dr. Carson makes sure you are always comfortable and pain-free when getting any work done. I've been a patient for over 7 years now and I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend!