With the holidays coming up, there will be a lot of smiling and picture-taking. If you are looking for a non-invasive and quick way to enhance your smile long-term, bonding and contouring can help you. At Cedar West Dental in Richfield, Minnesota, we offer this cosmetic treatment as an alternative to other methods. In today’s blog, we are here to tell you more about these procedures.
Two Ways To Enhance Your Appearance
Bonding and contouring are actually two different methods that are often paired together to achieve the best results. You have the option of choosing to just have one option done over the other, but many people find combining them is the most effective.
Both of these techniques are minimally invasive and quick enough to perform in one appointment. Bonding is the method of adding composite resin to a tooth that has small damage like a minor chip or discoloration. Contouring is a technique that shaves down a small portion of your tooth, allowing it to be symmetrical to the rest of your smile.
Different Than A Restoration
We recommend these treatments to patients who may have a gap in between their teeth, small cracks, or that appear too small in comparison to the rest of their smile. However, if you have severely broken a tooth, bonding will not solve the problem. In this case, you should speak to your dentist about a ceramic crown.
Ceramic crowns are similar to the bonding technique. This adds to your broken tooth, but the new piece that is adhered to the natural tooth can add stability and strength to the harmed area. Alternatively, a bridge or dentures could also help you restore your smile depending on your needs.
Caring For Your Smile After A Cosmetic Treatment
One of the best benefits of this procedure is that this is permanent. Contouring cannot be reversed, so you do not have to worry about your teeth becoming unsymmetrical again. The composite resin that is used for the bonding process is also very durable. If it happens to come off, it can also be replaced with little worry.
Many patients wonder why we offer this procedure if you can adjust your teeth with braces. For some people, this straightening method takes too long. When you have less severe spacing issues, visits to the orthodontist may not be worth the minimal changes that will be made. Cosmetic options like bonding and contouring can be done in one appointment and will achieve the desired effect.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
To find out if a cosmetic treatment is right for you, call Cedar West Family Dentistry in Richfield, MN, today at (612) 861-7188.