Last week we discussed how cosmetic dentistry can help remove teeth stains. We can also use cosmetic dental care to repair damaged teeth, whether they have chips or fractures. In addition, we can use these procedures to reshape malformed teeth. Don’t continue to feel self-conscious about your smile or hide it from the world. Restore the beauty of your smile with cosmetic dentistry.
When Is Bonding and Contouring the Right Solution?
Dental Bonding: Dental bonding involves repairing a tooth with composite resin, the same material we use in metal-free fillings. We first etch the tooth surface to allow the material to better adhere to the surface. We then apply several different layers of specially shaded material before curing it with a light. As it cures, we sculpt and mold the tooth. We can use bonding to repair chipped teeth, mask teeth stains, or even close gaps between teeth. The entire procedure takes one visit.
Dental Contouring: With contouring, we gently buff away small amounts of surface structure to remove pits or grooves in the tooth. We can also use it to address overly pointed teeth or misshapen teeth. As with bonding, the procedure is completed in a single visit. In fact, we can perform both procedures in the same visit.
Talk to Your Dentist About Ways to Correct Chipped/Fractured Teeth
Of course, not every damaged tooth can be addressed with bonding and contouring. For example, fractured teeth or broken teeth may be better addressed with a lifelike ceramic dental crown or possible a veneer. If you have any questions about our cosmetic treatments, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, then please contact our office today.