Have you finally had enough with the imperfections in your teeth? Cracks, staining and gaps between teeth can cause even an otherwise confident person to feel self-conscious. But that doesn’t have to be the end of your story. If you’re fed up with a smile that doesn’t make you happy, it’s time to learn about your cosmetic dentistry options. Dental bonding and contouring are two minimally invasive procedures that can often be completed in as little as an hour at your dentist’s office. Together they can provide you with a more symmetrical, and more beautiful smile, enabling you to start a new, more confident chapter in life!
Dental Bonding and Contouring Can Help Reshape Your Smile
Dental bonding relies on a composite resin material, which the dentist can use to help sculpt the teeth into better shape. This is the same material used in many tooth-colored fillings, which is favored for how well it bonds to teeth, and its beautiful esthetics.
Once properly shaped, the bonding material is hardened through the use of a special light, providing a durable smile enhancement that can help make small teeth more proportional, cover permanent staining and smooth worn or jagged edges.
Contouring, on the flipside, involves gently filing away portions of the teeth that are jagged, or disproportionally large. This, too, can help create a more symmetrical smile, though some patients may require a combination of the two in order to achieve their ideal smiles.
What Are the Added Benefits?
Two of the primary benefits of dental bonding and contouring, as opposed to other cosmetic treatments (such as porcelain veneers), are that they’re affordable and very quick. Most patients’ treatment takes less than an hour, allowing people to leave the office with almost instantly improved smiles.
There’s no waiting for treatment, because the dentist doesn’t have to order custom veneers and wait for them to arrive. This helps make the cost considerably less than veneers, though the material may not last quite as long as veneers made of stain-resistant dental porcelain.