Dental bonding is an easy, fast, and affordable way to mask minor tooth imperfections such as craze lines, discoloring, cracks, chips, and more. Another quick, easy, and affordable procedure is dental contouring. Dental contouring alters the shape and/or size of your teeth. Bonding and contouring are often combined to create just the right smile. If you have minor imperfections that you are ready to take care of before the holidays, you may be interested in trying bonding and contouring. Have your dentist contour your teeth into shape.
Opposite of Bonding
While dental bonding involves adding composite resin to your teeth to cover stains, fill in gaps, spaces, chipped areas, and conceal cracks, fractures, or craze lines, contouring involves removing the slightest bit of tooth enamel to reshape your teeth. This is done easily and painlessly using a buffing tool. This type of treatment can be used for the following:
- Adjusting the length of teeth
- Correcting overlapping teeth
- Smoothing out chipped teeth
- Rounding pointed “vampire” teeth
- Correcting bite problems
- Smoothing pits and fissures
Are You A Candidate For Contouring?
While in most cases contouring can help improve your smile, there are some reasons that may prevent you from undergoing dental contouring. They include:
- Decayed teeth
- Unhealthy gums
- Not enough tooth between the enamel and inner tooth pulp
The Good News
The good news when it comes to dental bonding and contouring is that both are painless and do not require anesthesia. They are fast–contouring only takes 30 to 60 minutes depending on how many teeth are treated–and affordable. Reshaping a tooth generally runs about $50 to $300 depending on the extent of the procedure.