What’s The Difference Between Bonding and Contouring?

When a tooth becomes chipped you may feel embarrassed about your smile. In addition, even a seemingly minor chip could increase the risk of complications, such as decay or even infection. To repair the tooth or address cosmetic issues we may suggest a cosmetic treatment, such as dental bonding or dental contouring. What’s the difference between bonding and contouring?

Dental Bonding

The procedure involves the use of composite resin; the same material we use for lifelike metal-free fillings. The doctor cleans the tooth and may gently etch the surface, which allows the material to better adhere to the tooth. The material is applied in several layers, which are sculpted as the tooth cures under a light. Finally, the tooth is thoroughly polished. This procedure can close gaps between teeth, repair chips, and even mask discoloration. The entire procedure can also be completed in a single visit.

Dental Contouring

Contouring helps correct surface issues. The doctor will gently buff away portions of the surface. Doing so can remove pits or grooves in the tooth surface, and also dull overly pointed teeth. We often perform both contouring and bonding in the same visit, as both can be completed in a single sitting.

The Importance of Repairing Teeth

Why is repairing a tooth so important? For surface issues, the treatment can improve the appearance of the teeth and make someone feel more confident about his/her appearance. Bonding repairs chips, which could otherwise expose sensitive tooth structure to bacteria, allowing decay or even infection to occur. Repairing a tooth is important for both the appearance and health of your smile. If you have any questions, remember that we offer a free cosmetic consultation. We can examine your smile to see if you benefit from a cosmetic treatment.