Are you getting ready for the biggest day of your life? October is the third most popular month of the year to say, “I dos,” so chances are at least a few of you are getting ready to tie the knot. If you’ll soon be exchanging nuptials with the love of your life, you’ve probably arranged every last detail, from the flowers you’ll carry, to a signature drink. But have you given that same level of attention to your smile? If not, it’s not too late to enhance your pearly whites. In fact, tooth bonding and contouring can often be completed in as little as an hour. So, before you head down the aisle make sure your smile is in tip-top shape. Your cosmetic dentist can enhance your natural beauty, so you can feel and look your best on your big day.
What Can Bonding and Contouring Do?
Like porcelain veneers, bonding and contouring can be used to correct a number of cosmetic concerns, such as:
- Disproportionally-sized teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth
- Worn or jagged edges due to wear
- Minor chips or cracks
- Gaps between teeth
However, unlike veneers, bonding and contouring can both be completed in a single office visit, often in as little as an hour. They’re also less expensive than porcelain veneers, making them an ideal cosmetic option for anyone in a hurry or working within a tight budget.
How Does This Cosmetic Treatment Work?
Tooth bonding relies on the same composite resin material used for many modern, white fillings. The substance bonds well with teeth, can be made to match your teeth’s natural shade, and is moldable, allowing the dentist to create a more uniform smile by sculpting the material onto your teeth. Once hardened using a special light, and polished, the resulting treatment is both natural-looking and beautiful.
Contouring is the process of carefully etching portions of the teeth away, in order to correct issues. This can be used when teeth are disproportionally large, or even to fix minor overlapping.