What is tooth contouring?
Tooth contouring involves the reduction of small amounts of tooth enamel 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 attractive and properly 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 your dentist uses for tooth-colored fillings. It can cover tooth stains or surface cracks, as well as reshape chipped, small, or irregularly-shaped teeth, all with no reduction of healthy tooth structure.
How are tooth contouring and 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. Contouring means to artfully sculpt a tooth, removing a small portion of enamel at a time until your dentist achieves the desired effect. For bonding, your dentist will place the soft material on your tooth, shaping and sculpting it to the tooth’s ideal contour. The resin is then hardened under a special light and polished so that it achieves the same smooth, shiny surface as a natural tooth.
Ask us if bonding and/or contouring can improve your smile.
If your smile can use a cosmetic touchup, then find out if tooth bonding or contouring can help you achieve the results you desire with minimally invasive treatment. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson). We also proudly serve patients who live in North Dallas, Plano, Garland, North Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts District, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and all surrounding communities.