If you have stained teeth, we can often help with professional teeth whitening. But what if you have misshapen or damaged teeth? For a bright and attractive smile, your Austin, MN, dentists can help with dental bonding and contouring, two cosmetic procedures that can be completed in only one visit!
The dental bonding procedure actually uses the same composite resin we employ to create our tooth-colored dental fillings! This material is a mix of quartz-like and acrylic particles, which we can shade to blend with the tooth seamlessly and match the rest of the smile. Application involves numbing the tooth to keep you comfortable as we etch the surface and apply the material in several layers. We then sculpt the tooth as the composite resin cures underneath a light. We then polish the tooth for a brighter appearance, all in one visit.
We can use this material to help mask the permanent teeth stains that don’t respond to teeth whitening, or to lengthen worn down teeth. We can reshape malformed teeth, close gaps between teeth, and even repair minor chips and cracks as well.
The contouring process takes a very different approach. Again, the procedure can be done in one visit, but instead of adding to the tooth, we gently sand and buff away outer structure. Doing so helps smooth our pits, grooves, and rough patches in the surface, and helps treat minor chips and reshape malformed teeth too. We can also dull sharp, jagged, or pointed teeth too. This could be done in the same sitting as bonding, or alongside other cosmetic treatment options.
Protecting Your Smile
To help safeguard your newly improved smile, be sure you brush and floss daily, and see us for a checkup and cleaning every six months. Good oral health habits help the teeth stay bright and prevent decay or infection from weakening the teeth and causing esthetic issues. In addition, you could wear a mouthguard when playing full contact sports or martial arts, to help avoid chipped or knocked out teeth. We want you and your family to enjoy a safe and healthy summer, and for your cosmetic results to last for years to come.
If you have any questions about protecting your smile, or about our cosmetic treatment options, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy a bright and stunning smile!
Talk to Your Austin, MN, Dentist Today
If you want to learn more about treating tooth loss with a custom and natural-looking dental prosthetic. To schedule an appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312. Our office welcomes patients from Austin, MN and surrounding communities.