Small cosmetic imperfections can have a big impact on your smile. Chips, cracks, and unusually shaped teeth can affect the symmetry of your grin. They can also give your teeth an unhealthy look or make you appear older than you actually are. At the same time, you may not have received treatment because you do not want an expensive or invasive procedure. Fortunately, we provide dental bonding and contouring at Value Dental Centers in Gilbert, AZ. These procedures are conservative and affordable. During bonding, your dentist will enhance your teeth with tooth-colored composite resin. During dental contouring, he or she will carefully trim and reshape your teeth. Often, we can combine the two procedures to enhance your entire smile.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Bonding?
Bonding can be an effective way to address the following cosmetic concerns:
- Tiny cracks
- Chipped teeth
- Small gaps between your teeth
- Unusually small teeth
- Unusually shaped teeth
- Slightly crooked or overlapping teeth
Porcelain veneers can often achieve these effects, as well. However, while veneers are a popular option, they are not right for everyone. If you have suffered enamel erosion, or if you want to enhance a tooth with an existing filling, bonding may be more suited to your needs.
The Dental Bonding Procedure
Your dentist will perform bonding after a thorough cleaning. When you are ready for treatment, he or she will gently roughen your dental enamel. By increasing the surface area on your teeth, this process will help the bonding agent to adhere to your teeth more securely. At the same time, the fissures will be microscopic, and you will not typically feel anything during this step. Next your dentist will apply composite resin to the front of your teeth. We will find the color that most closely resembles your smile, and we can even mix different shades for a near-perfect match. Your practitioner will carefully shape the composite so that your teeth will have a smooth, natural finish. Then, he or she will harden the material with a curing light. Finally, your dentist will make sure that the bonding does not interfere with the normal force of your bite. If needed, he or she can trim off some of the composite.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Contouring?
Dental contouring does not add material to your teeth. Rather, your dentist will remove some excess tissue to give you a more even and proportionate smile. Therefore, if you want to improve any of the following issues, contouring may be appropriate:
- Proportionately large teeth
- Pointed teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Teeth with uneven edges
The Dental Contouring Procedure
During your consultation, your dentist will determine exactly how much tissue he or she needs to remove. Your practitioner may even draw a line on your teeth, showing where their new edges will be. Next, he or she will remove excess enamel using a gentle buffing instrument. Often, your dentist will remove just millimeters of tissue, which will not affect the deeper layers of your teeth. As a result, you will typically not feel anything during treatment. Once he or she has achieved the desired shape, your dentist will polish your teeth.
The Benefits of Bonding and Contouring
Bonding and contouring are conservative procedures. They do not require prep work or major alterations of your teeth. In fact, bonding is reversible, although you will typically want to replace damaged composite to retain your enhanced smile. Because bonding and contouring are so affordable, it will be easy to receive touch-up treatments. In addition, the procedures involve negligible discomfort. Most of the time, you will not require local anesthesia. Most importantly, bonding and contouring are highly effective. After your customized treatment, your smile could look noticeably bigger, brighter, and younger.
Contact Us for More Information
Enjoy an enhanced smile in just one easy appointment. Contact Value Dental Centers Gilbert to find out if bonding and contouring are right for you.