When Does A Smile Need Bonding And Contouring?

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When you have several different cosmetic issues with the smile, you may benefit from dental bonding and contouring. These two treatments offer esthetic improvements in only one visit, and are safe for all ages. In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists talk about when a smile should consider bonding and contouring.

A Cosmetic Consultation

If you have cosmetic issues with your smile, then start treatment with a consultation. This means that we will sit down with you and discuss your smile, and also make a detailed examination with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. This allows us to make a diagnosis with precision and accuracy, assessing the cause and extent of your esthetic concerns. We then choose the most appropriate treatment. For some, this involves teeth whitening, while others may benefit from porcelain veneers. But for many, we can transform the smile with a one-visit bonding and contouring treatment.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding involves repairing or correcting smiles with composite resin. We use the same materials in our tooth-colored dental fillings. Composite resin is metal-free and safe for patients of all ages. The material is strong, and we color-match it to blend with the rest of your smile. We start by numbing your tooth and then etching the surfaces. We clean it and apply the composite resin in several layers. We mold the tooth as this material cures under a light. We then polish the tooth for a brighter appearance. Treatment could mask permanent teeth stains, fill gaps between teeth, and reshape malformed teeth. We also repair cracks and chips, and lengthen worn down teeth too, all in one sitting!

Cosmetic Contouring

We also have cosmetic contouring, which again takes one visit. This could be done in the same sitting, or in a separate one. Instead of adding composite resin to your tooth, we address esthetic issues by gently sanding and buffing your teeth. We could correct the appearance of minor chips, and reshape malformed or overly large teeth for a more uniform appearance. We could also address problems with the surfaces of your teeth, smoothing out pits, grooves, and rough patches. If you have sharp, jagged, or pointed teeth, we can dull them too. Essentially, a smile transformation is possible in one sitting with these unique cosmetic treatments.

If you have any questions about our approach to cosmetic smile improvement, or if you haven’t scheduled a checkup and cleaning lately, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a healthy and strong smile, one that looks good too!

Talk To Your Austin, MN Dentist About Improving Smile Beauty

We would like to help improve the overall beauty of your smile. If you would like to find out more rebuilding and restoring smiles, contact your Austin, MN, dentists, Dr. Potach and Dr. Mitchell, by calling 507-437-6312.