When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, sometimes less is more. A simple fix to teeth can make a dramatic difference in some patients. Dental bonding and tooth contouring are two such procedures that are a quick, simple, and cost-effective way to transform your look. If your teeth are in overall good shape but need a little evening out (symmetry), then you may be a good candidate for bonding or contouring.
Composite resin, the same tooth-colored material that dentists use to fill cavities, can correct a number of other imperfections in teeth that can’t or won’t respond to whitening treatment, such as:
- Chipped teeth
- Short or uneven teeth
- Gapped teeth
To correct the imperfection, we apply resin to the tooth, allow it to harden under an invisible, blue light, and use sculpting and polishing instruments to shape it like a natural tooth. Dental bonding is usually performed in one visit and is one of the most conservative cosmetic procedures.
Dental contouring, or reshaping, gently removes a small amount of enamel to reshape imperfect teeth. Cosmetic issues that contouring address are:
- Rough or jagged teeth
- Teeth of uneven length
- Overlapping teeth
- Pointy bicuspid teeth or “vampire fangs”
We take x-rays to check the strength of your tooth enamel before proceeding with the contouring process. If the enamel is not substantial, we suggest something else, such as porcelain veneers. Contouring is best for people who don’t have bruxism (teeth-grinding) or the teeth will become uneven again.
When cosmetic dentistry was in its infancy, it meant complex procedures that required multiple dentist visits. Thanks to simple procedures like tooth bonding and contouring, patients can achieve remarkable results with minimal discomfort and time.
Whether our patients are looking to fix a single tooth or desire more extensive cosmetic work, we dedicate our practice to getting you on the journey to perfecting your smile.