Dental bonding and dental contouring are a budget-friendly way to improve your smile. Dental bonding can address a wide variety of cosmetic concerns by adding structure, and dental contouring can reshape your teeth to look more uniform. At Value Dental Centers Queen Creek, these two treatments can be combined to dramatically improve the aesthetics of your smile in just one appointment.
What is Dental Bonding and Dental Contouring?
Dental bonding uses composite resin, the same material used for tooth-colored fillings, to correct a wide range of cosmetic flaws, including minor damage, discoloration, and minor misalignment. The composite resin can be matched to the shade of your natural teeth so that there is no noticeable difference between your bonded teeth and your natural teeth.
Dental contouring, also known as tooth reshaping, uses a sanding device to remove miniscule amounts of enamel to reshape your teeth. This treatment can correct overlapping teeth and eliminate the need for orthodontic treatment.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Bonding and Contouring?
Most patients who wish to correct minor flaws such as deeply stained teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, or misaligned teeth may be candidates for dental bonding, contouring, or both. Dental bonding can be used to lengthen a tooth that is too short, and dental contouring may be used to shorten a tooth that is too long. The combination of these treatments can reduce or eliminate the appearance of overlapped and crooked teeth and can fill any gaps between teeth.
It is important to be in good oral and overall health prior to treatment. If you have gum disease, tooth decay, or any other oral health condition, we will need to address those before we can perform any cosmetic treatment. We also recommend that patients be non-smokers or quit smoking. Composite resin can stain in the same way our natural teeth do, however, resin is typically resistant to professional teeth whitening.
What to Expect During a Dental Bonding and Contouring Procedure
During a consultation, we will discuss your goals for treatment and perform a thorough examination to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for a cosmetic procedure. We will also discuss your lifestyle and budget to help you choose the treatment, or combination of treatments, that is best for you. While some patients may desire porcelain veneers, dental bonding is a more affordable alternative for many.
Your dental bonding and contouring procedure may take up to two hours, depending on the number of teeth that require treatment. We will select the shade of composite resin that matches your natural smile. An acidic etching solution will be applied to your teeth to create a rough surface for a more durable bond.
The composite resin may be applied in several layers to lengthen or widen a tooth and fill gaps. A sanding device may also be used to contour the teeth. Your teeth will be polished and a UV light will harden the resin. Your dentist will ensure your smile is symmetrical and that your bite is properly aligned before lightly etching the surface of the teeth to look more natural.
Benefits of Dental Bonding and Contouring
Perhaps the greatest benefit is that these cosmetic procedures are one of the most affordable ways to correct a wide range of dental flaws and dramatically improve your smile in just one appointment. Taking the steps to repair damage and correct alignment issues can improve your oral health and strengthen your teeth. These procedures can also eliminate the need for lengthy orthodontic treatments. Dental bonding and contouring is a minimally invasive and painless procedure that will give you a stronger, whiter, more radiant smile.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
While cosmetic dentistry typically focuses solely on the aesthetics of your smile, certain procedures such as dental bonding and contouring can actually improve your oral health as well. At Value Dental Center Queen Creek, our goal is to give each of our patients a healthier and more beautiful smile. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.