Cosmetic Smile Touchups with Bonding & Contouring
Smile improvement can mean something different for everyone. For instance, if you just need to brighten a stained smile, then teeth whitening may be the best solution. Sometimes, however, you may have to do a little more for your teeth to restore their cosmetic appeal, and often, tooth bonding and contouring can offer the most beneficial option.
The Benefits of Tooth Bonding
When a tooth is discolored, chipped, or slightly worn, dental bonding can help rebuild and restore the tooth’s structure. The procedure involves applying and “bonding” tooth-colored composite resin to a small area of your tooth, covering imperfections or adding to the structure to improve the tooth’s size, shape, and appearance.
The Art of Tooth Contouring
Often performed together with tooth bonding, tooth contouring describes careful sculpting to whittle away jagged, jutting-out edges, or to resize an apparently large tooth. Because the procedure is typically minor, local anesthesia may not be needed, and tooth bonding/contouring can usually be performed in just a single visit.