We understand the stress of not liking the way your smile looks. Few things are worse than feeling like you cannot smile freely due to a lack of confidence in how it looks. We also understand that the prospect of undergoing cosmetic procedures can feel daunting. After all, there are quite a few to choose from, and each can seem like a significant undertaking. Luckily, there is a simple, yet immensely effective solution that can have you feeling great about your smile in just a couple of hours. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist discusses bonding and contouring and describes the ways these procedures can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
What Is Tooth Bonding?
It is when your dentist applies a composite resin to your teeth to alter their shape, size, and uniformity within your mouth. Bonding is also done to repair chips and cracks as well as close large gaps between your teeth. Moreover, it can add size to your teeth if you are unsatisfied with their current length.
If you and your dentist decide that this is the best procedure for your needs, your dentist will make sure the resin they use will match the color of your natural teeth. Once this is determined, they prepare your tooth with a liquid to ready it for the resin. Once that is done, your dentist applies the resin to your tooth and shapes it according to your cosmetic goals. Finally, it is hardened with a laser or UV light and has the finishing touches applied by the dentist. The entire procedure only lasts between thirty minutes to an hour per tooth, so despite fixing a lot of issues, it is quite simple. Keep in mind that while this is a relatively inexpensive and quick procedure, it usually lasts between 5 and 10 years. The resin also remains the same color, so you will need to undergo teeth whitening to make sure the rest of your teeth match the added bonding. For a more permanent solution, porcelain veneers are a great option.
Contouring is either a standalone procedure or can be paired with bonding. Instead of adding resin to your teeth, contouring consists of your dentist carefully shaping and removing enamel to alter their shape. It is often done when a tooth appears too large or is over-crowding other teeth. What’s more, is it smooths out jagged edges and rough spots on your teeth. It is performed using either a drill or laser, but it is done very carefully by highly-skilled professionals. Contouring can also be paired with bonding to help shape the resin that was just added.
Contact Us To Learn More About Bonding And Contouring
If you have any questions about either of these procedures, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Reach out to Sue Ellen Richardson, DDS in Houston, TX by calling 713-796-9600 to schedule your next appointment with our team today.