If you have imperfections with the shape and the color of one or more of your teeth, then you may need cosmetic dentistry. With dental bonding and cosmetic contouring, we can transform the smile in one visit. In today’s blog, your Richfield, MN, dentist talks about how we boost the appearance of your smile.
The dental bonding procedure uses the same composite resin we employ as part of our metal-free fillings. This material blends glass-like and acrylic particles, so the result is a filling that can be shaded to blend with the tooth, and one that is safe for people of all ages. The procedure involves our team numbing the tooth and then removing any decay before cleaning it. We then apply the composite resin in several layers, and sculpt the tooth as the material cures underneath a light. We then polish it for a brighter appearance.
In one visit, we can mask permanent teeth stains that may not respond to teeth whitening. For some, we can improve bite balance and chewing function. Our team can also close gaps between teeth, reshape malformed teeth, lengthen worn down teeth, and repair minor chips and cracks, all in only one appointment.
Contouring a Tooth
In the same visit, or a separate one, we can also contour the teeth to correct common aesthetic issues. This involves gently sanding and buffing the tooth to remove esthetic issues. For example, our team can reshape overly large teeth, dull sharp or pointed teeth, and even smooth out rough patches, grooves, and pits in the outer structure. We can also correct minor chips too. This can also be used to help improve the balance of your bite and prevent complications like TMD or bruxism (teeth grinding).
Protecting Your Smile
Often, these options are used to address damaged teeth. To help lower the risk of injury, be sure you wear a mouthguard if you play full contact sports or martial arts. Take care of your teeth too, as good oral hygiene habits can prevent decay to keep the outer structure strong. You should also see our team every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can keep an eye on your smile and diagnose any areas of concern. We also clean the teeth, removing plaque and treat to keep the smile healthy, functional, and bright.
If you have any questions, then give us a call today.
Do You Have Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry?
Our team wants to help you enjoy a beautiful smile after only one appointment. If you have any questions about improving the beauty of your smile, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact your Richfield, MN, dentist, Dr. Keller, by calling (612) 861-7188.