Dental bonding and contouring are popular, minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments that help reshape your teeth without drastically reducing their structures. Bonding describes adding composite resin to a tooth’s structure, while contouring means to lightly sculpt away some of its outer layer. Whether performed together or separately, bonding and contouring are often recommended as more conservative alternatives to more permanent cosmetic enhancements, like porcelain veneers.
When to Consider Bonding/Contouring
Bonding and contouring are conservative, inexpensive solutions for a variety of cosmetic blemishes, including;
- Severe tooth stains/discoloration
- Chipped tooth edges
- Small cracks in a tooth’s enamel
- Teeth that appear too small or too large
- Teeth with excessive spaces between them
- Rough, irregular areas of tooth enamel
- And more
Because the procedures are minimal, you may not need local anesthesia or dental sedation during your treatment.