Conservative Treatment to Reshape and Improve Your Teeth
If you want to reshape or resize your teeth, or if you are looking to cover up small blemishes in your smile, dental bonding and contouring may be the solution. These cosmetic dental treatments are highly affordable, and they can have a transformative effect on your appearance.
What Is Bonding and Tooth Contouring?
Dental boding and contouring are two minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. During dental bonding, Dr. Pietrok or Dr. St. Germain will use composite resin to build up your teeth and conceal small cracks, chips, and stains. After choosing the shade of resin that will blend naturally with your smile, your dentist will micro-etch your tooth’s enamel. Then he or she will apply a bonding agent and the composite resin. As your dentist works, he or she will sculpt the material so that it is smooth and blends with your smile. Finally, he or she will trim away any extra material and polish your teeth.
During tooth contouring, Dr. Pietrok or Dr. St. Germain will reshape your teeth by removing a small amount of your dental enamel. Our dentists will always trim away the smallest amount of material possible, while still providing outstanding cosmetic results. Because of this conservative approach, the procedure will not damage the structure of your teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Bonding and Contouring
Dental bonding and contouring can improve a wide range of cosmetic blemishes. These concerns include:
- Unusually large or unusually small teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Sharp, pointed canines
- Chips or cracks
- Discoloration, especially intrinsic stains that are unresponsive to teeth whitening
- Slightly crooked teeth
Are These Treatments Right for You?
If you suffer from any of the concerns listed above, you may be an excellent candidate for bonding and/or teeth contouring. To be considered for this treatment, you should enjoy generally good dental health, and you should not have any untreated decay or gum disease. At your consultation, your dentist will discuss your other cosmetic dentistry options, such as porcelain veneers. Then he or she will help you choose the right treatment for your goals and budget. Please note that although dental boding can enhance slightly crooked teeth, it cannot address widespread misalignment. If you suffer from malocclusion, Invisalign® or ClearCorrect will be a better choice.