What is tooth contouring?
Tooth contouring, also known as tooth reshaping, is a conservative cosmetic procedure that involves the reduction of small amounts of tooth structure. This procedure is often used to alter the length or shape of teeth that are too long, pointy, flattened, or jagged. Tooth contouring can also alter slightly crooked or overlapping teeth, taking the place of braces to create a more attractively-aligned smile.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding is another conservative cosmetic procedure that is used to cover or reshape tooth imperfections with composite resin. Composite resin is the same material that Dr. Truong uses for cavities, and can be tinted to match surrounding teeth for a completely natural-looking smile. Cosmetic bonding can cover tooth stains or surface cracks, as well as reshape chipped, too small, or irregularly-shaped teeth, all with no reduction of healthy tooth structure.
How are tooth contouring and dental bonding performed?
Tooth contouring and dental bonding can be performed separately or as part of the same treatment plan to shape a smile that fits your mouth and facial features perfectly. Dr. Truong will first X-ray your teeth to evaluate the location of the pulp, ensuring you have enough outer tooth structure for the procedure. After marking the areas of your teeth to be removed, she will artfully sculpt them, removing a small portion of enamel at a time until she achieves the desired effect.
For bonding, Dr. Truong will slightly etch the tooth enamel for better adherence of the composite resin. She will then place the soft material on your tooth, shaping and sculpting it to her satisfaction. The resin must then be hardened under a special light and polished so that it achieves the same smooth, shiny surface as a natural tooth.
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