What is Tooth Bonding and Contouring?
If a single tooth develops a spot of discoloration, or if the tooth is chipped, has a jagged edge, or doesn’t quite fit in with the teeth around it, then tooth bonding/contouring may help. Bonding means to apply a small amount of tooth-colored composite resin over a small area of the tooth. The resin is tinted to match the tooth’s color, sculpted to match the tooth’s ideal shape, and then cured and polished for a durable, lifelike finish.
By contrast, contouring is the process of lightly sculpting a tooth’s outer layer of enamel to change its shape, smooth its edges, and make it appear more in-line with your smile’s contour. Dental contouring is often performed together with bonding to reshape more than one tooth without extensive cosmetic dental work.
The Benefits of Bonding/Contouring
- Because of its noninvasive nature, dental bonding does not require permanent modification to your tooth. The resin also closely mimics your natural tooth color, making it a non-invasive and inexpensive smile improvement option.
- While dental contouring permanently reshapes your tooth, it does not drastically change your tooth’s main structure, like placing a porcelain veneer or custom dental crown.
- Bonding and contouring can improve a number of different cosmetic issues, from stained or misshapen teeth to excessive spaces in your smile. Depending on your needs, they can help you avoid multiple and/or more involved cosmetic treatment.