Bonding and Contouring

Improve Tooth Shape

Improving the tiny chips, cracks, and other esthetic concerns that mar the uniformity of your smile is possible with dental bonding or dental contouring. Your minor physical damage or excessive tooth tissue may seem to you like an overwhelming esthetic problem, when it is actually quite minor. By visiting your dentist at Oasis Family Dental, we can determine which of these cosmetic treatments may best improve your smile.

What To Expect From Bonding

Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure you may think of as an “additive treatment,” meaning we will carefully add replacement tissue where you need it. Your dentist will use a tooth-colored material called composite that we will color-match to your surrounding tooth. By sculpting the material or painting it over a problem area, you will achieve a smile that appears complete and uniform. Your dentist will use a special curing light to harden the material to complete the treatment. You may select bonding to improve:

  • Small chips
  • Cracks
  • Small concentrated stains
  • Spaces between teeth – bonding will allow neighboring teeth to look as though they are touching without the use of orthodontics
  • A tooth that appears shorter than the rest

What To Expect From Contouring

You may think of dental contouring as the opposite companion treatment to bonding. Rather than adding tissue, contouring gently takes it away. Your dentist will use a special polishing instrument that removes a minimal portion of your tooth’s outermost layer, called enamel. This treatment is comfortable and requires no anesthetic. You may choose contouring to improve one of the following concerns:

  • A jagged or pointed tooth
  • A tooth that appears longer than the rest
  • Gently overlapping teeth – removing minimal tissue may improve the appearance of your smile’s alignment without braces
  • Poor tooth texture, such as a pitted appearance

Am I A Good Candidate?

Bonding and contouring offer effective esthetic improvement for minor problems. These treatments are appropriate for use on natural teeth, but will not offer help for prosthetic teeth. In the case of severe physical tooth damage or misalignment, your dentist may suggest alternative courses of action with restorative care or orthodontic solutions.