Understand Bonding & Contouring

April 7, 2022

Deciding to undergo cosmetic dentistry procedures can feel like a major undertaking. After all, you are discusses both procedures and describes how they can benefit your smile.

Cosmetic Bonding

, bonding can solve multiple problems at once — and it can accomplish this at a much lower price point. When you come in for the procedure, your dentist will select a resin that closely matches the color of your natural teeth, so it will blend in seamlessly. Next, they will apply the resin to the affected teeth and shape it based on what you want to alter. Once this is done, they will use a specialized light to harden the resin and follow it up by completing any necessary finishing touches. Each tooth being bonded only takes bout 30 minutes, so you can expect the procedure to take just a single visit. Bonding lasts between 5 and 10 years, so while it is quick and relatively inexpensive, you should expect to have it touched up periodically. The resin used is also prone to discoloration and staining, so undergoing teeth whitening should be in your long-term plans.

What Is Contouring?

Contouring is either a standalone procedure or can be paired with bonding. Instead of adding resin to your teeth — like what happens with bonding — contouring consists of your dentist carefully shaping and removing enamel to alter their shape. It is frequently done when a tooth appears too large or is over-crowding other teeth. Moreover, it smooths out jagged edges and rough spots on your teeth and can ensure that your bonding results are precise. It is performed using either a drill or laser, but highly-skilled professionals do it very carefully. Overall, bonding adds to a tooth, while contouring removes slight amounts of enamel.

Contact Us To Learn More About Bonding And Contouring

If you have any questions about either of bonding or contouring, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Reach out to to schedule your next visit with our team and ask our team about these procedures and other cosmetic dental options.

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