How Bonding & Contouring Can Help

bonding and contouringFeeling insecure about your smile can really bring you down. When you do not feel confident smiling around your loved ones or in pictures, you are limiting yourself and your happiness. While we always want everyone to feel fantastic about how they look, we also realize that this isn’t always the case. We also understand that, when it comes to your teeth, it can feel overwhelming when considering the assorted cosmetic treatments available to you. Luckily, bonding and contouring can solve multiple aesthetic issues in a single treatment. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI dentist talks about both of these procedures and discusses how they can improve your smile. 

Understand Tooth Bonding

Tooth bonding is a dental procedure in which your dentist applies a composite, biocompatible resin to your teeth. This is done to alter their appearance, frequently by repairing chips and cracks in addition to filling in large gaps between your teeth. Similar to veneers, bonding can solve multiple aesthetic issues in just a single procedure. With that said, bonding is less intrusive and less expensive, making it a great option for many people. Like other cosmetic procedures, when you come in for bonding, we go to great lengths to precisely color-match the resin we use to the rest of your smile. This ensures that it blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Once we know the exact hue to use, we will prepare your tooth and apply the resin to meet your unique needs and goals. After we place and shape it, we will solidify it with a specialized light. Once it is firmly in place, we can smooth it out and make any adjustments necessary to ensure you are happy with the look of your smile. 

This may seem extensive, but the process only takes about 30 minutes per tooth. Because of this, we can alter numerous teeth in just one visit. After we are done, you can rest easy knowing that your bonded teeth will continue looking good for up to a decade.


In addition to bonding, contouring can also help you achieve the smile you want and is also done in conjunction with it. Bonding adds material to your teeth while contouring consists of your dentist carefully removing enamel from them. This procedure is often done if a tooth is overcrowding others in your mouth or if you have jagged edges and cracks. Frequently, contouring is paired with bonding, so you can get the exact results that you want. When these procedures are done together, you are receiving a comprehensive, cosmetic experience. No matter which you opt for, if not both, just be sure to brush and floss your teeth regularly in addition to visiting the dentist for cleanings and exams. 

Schedule Your Appointment With Us Today

If you have questions about bonding, contouring, or cosmetic procedures in general, we invite you to contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI by calling 248-693-6213