Small Tooth Changes for Big Smile Improvements


With the goal of preserving your smile as well as improving it, many of the cosmetic dental treatments we offer are made specifically to be minimally invasive. Tooth bonding and contouring, for example, may be able to address several types of concerns with your smile’s appearance, all while minimizing the amount of work your dentist has to perform on your tooth structure. This offers the dual benefits of dramatically improving your smile and confidence while optimizing your long-term oral health. Because of this, tooth bonding and contouring may be a more suitable option for improving your smile than other cosmetic solutions.

When to bond a tooth

Issues like severe tooth discoloration, chipped or worn edges, minor tooth cracks, excessive spaces between teeth, and more are sometimes among the most noticeable types of tooth blemishes. For many people, such issues can be corrected by applying a small amount of tooth-colored composite resin to the tooth and sculpting it to match the tooth’s appearance. This process is known as tooth bonding, and the tooth-colored composite resin used to accomplish it is a biocompatible, highly customizable material. That means bonding it to your tooth structure doesn’t require much prep work, and once it’s bonded in place, your tooth will look whole, healthy, and blemish-free once again.

When to contour a tooth

When a tooth has a jagged or pointy edge, it can scrape uncomfortably against the surrounding soft oral tissues as well as impact your smile’s appearance. If the tooth’s edge overlaps another tooth, or if it has a rough patch of enamel on it, then it can also be highly noticeable, depending on the extent of it. Tooth contouring is the process of gently sculpting a small amount of your tooth enamel to correct such issues and make your tooth more uniform with the rest of your smile. By implementing minor, strategic changes to the tooth’s enamel, contouring can create a significant improvement in your smile’s symmetry and appearance.

Schedule a visit to ask about bonding/contouring

Tooth bonding and/or contouring could dramatically improve your smile with much less effort than you might have imagined. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699. We also proudly serve patients who live in Bayard, Deming, Las Cruces, Lordsburg, and all surrounding communities.