Dental Bonding & Contouring
Reshaping Your Smile with Bonding and Contouring
You might not be able to tell by looking at them, but your teeth are comprised of layers, the outermost one, called enamel, being semi-translucent (see-through). Underneath enamel lies the main portion of your tooth, known as dentin, with the tooth’s tissues housed in a chamber at the dentin’s center. When one or more teeth are chipped, worn down, or otherwise visually marred, we may be able to improve their appearance without modifying much of their structures. Dental bonding and contouring is the process of reshaping teeth by slightly altering their shapes while retaining most of their natural layers.
What is Dental Bonding?
In its essence, dental bonding is the process of adding to a tooth’s structure through the use of tooth-colored composite resin. When a tooth is chipped, or appears slightly smaller than those around it, dental bonding can add to the tooth to create a more attractive contour. In some cases, bonding can also improve the appearance of a tooth with localized stains that don’t respond to teeth whitening.
What is Dental Contouring?
The opposite of dental bonding, contouring is essentially the process of subtracting from a tooth though a minimally invasive sculpting procedure. Teeth with jagged edges, or that appear slightly larger than those around it, can be reshaped or smoothed using comfortable, non-invasive instruments. Often, dental bonding and contouring are performed together to create a natural, uniform look for all of your teeth.