Dental Bonding and Contouring

If you would like to lengthen your teeth or you want to cover small chips, bonding or contouring can improve your smile. These techniques require minimal time and investment, but they can make enhance your appearance. Often, these procedures go hand in hand, and they can normally be completed in one visit.

For issues like slightly overlapping teeth and excessively pointed teeth, contouring can help reshape how these teeth look. Bonding involves the use of composite materials to cover small imperfections in your smile. Your dentist can determine if one or both of these procedures would work for your specific case. Before performing dental bonding or contouring, your dentist will take X-rays and examine your mouth to make sure you don’t have any underlying problems.

With dental contouring, the dentist will remove small amounts of enamel to adjust the length, shape, or surface of your tooth, or teeth. Even subtle changes to the teeth can transform your smile. Using a sanding instrument, the dentist will reshape the teeth until the desired look is created; then, the teeth are smoothed and polished.

For bonding, the doctor will apply a gentle acid material to the teeth, which roughens the surface so that the bonding will adhere to the teeth. Then, your dentist will take composite materials and shape them into the right mold to cover gaps, cracks, or chips. A curing light is used to harden the bonding materials into place. Finally, the dentist will polish and buff the surface to complete the process.

It’s time to schedule an appointment at our Richmond, VA dental office – Brown, Reynolds & Snow.

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