Dental bonding and contouring at our Chino, CA practice is a conservative, non-invasive way to enhance your smile. If you have small to moderate surface blemishes on your teeth, you may be a candidate for this treatment. Bonding and contouring can also be beneficial if you are unhappy with the shape and/or size of your teeth. During dental bonding, your dentist will conceal flaws with tooth-colored composite resin. If you undergo tooth contouring, he or she will trim your dental enamel to reshape your smile. At Value Dental Centers Chino, our skilled team plays close attention to detail. Therefore, after treatment, you should enjoy subtle, natural results that will still have a huge impact on your appearance.
Are You a Candidate for Bonding and Contouring?
Dental bonding can cover up flaws and reshape teeth. Therefore, it may be appropriate if you suffer from any of the following concerns:
- Severe stains
- Small chips or cracks
- Unusually shaped teeth
- Overly small teeth
- Small gaps in your smile
- Eroded or uneven edges
Bonding does not require any tooth preparation. Therefore, you will typically qualify for treatment even if you have suffered enamel erosion or if you have struggled with dental decay. Of course, if you have an untreated cavity, you will need to receive appropriate restorative care first.
Dental contouring can address overly large, pointed, or irregularly shaped teeth. It can also improve small chips, especially along the edges of your teeth. Because this treatment involves the removal of some enamel, it will not typically be appropriate if you have sustained tooth erosion.
The Bonding and Contouring Procedure
Bonding does not require tooth prep, but your dentist will coat your teeth in a mild acid solution before applying the composite. This solution will create microscopic fissures in your teeth. The tiny grooves will increase the surface area for a stronger bonding surface. At the same time, it will not cause discomfort or damage your teeth. Then your practitioner will spread a bonding agent onto your teeth before applying the dental composite. The material will match the color of your teeth, and your dentist will carefully shape it to provide a smooth, natural finish. As your practitioner works, he or she will also make sure that the composite fully conceals any blemishes and that it does not affect the normal balance of your bite.
Contouring is a conservative treatment. You will experience negligible discomfort, and in most cases, you will not even require local anesthesia. During the procedure, your practitioner will carefully remove a tiny amount of enamel without affecting the overall structure of your tooth. Then he or she will shine and polish your tooth. Typically, contouring takes an hour or less.
Bonding vs. Veneers
At Value Dental Centers Chino, we offer a range of cosmetic treatments, and we will help you select the option that is in your best interests. Bonding and porcelain veneers will both conceal surface flaws, and they can have similar effects. At the same time, however, porcelain typically lasts longer than composite. It also has a more realistic sparkle. Nevertheless, you may not qualify for veneers if you have suffered dental erosion. Further, bonding costs less than veneers. Our dentists are committed to excellence, so no matter which treatment you undergo, they can achieve beautiful, natural results.