Is there anything better than a good giggle fest? As a mom, few things probably delight you more than spending quality time laughing with your little one. But, when it comes to showing that same authentic smile to the adults in your life, do you feel insecure? Imperfections about your teeth can make it difficult to smile proudly, but they don’t have to cause permanent insecurity. Cosmetic bonding and contouring are quick and affordable ways your cosmetic dentist can help create your ideal smile, so you can get back to more important things, like loving your life, and, of course, your precious little ones.
What Can Bonding and Contouring Accomplish?
Both bonding and contouring are minimally invasive procedures, which can drastically improve a smile’s appearance. Both can be completed in the dentist’s office, usually in less than an hour during a single office visit.
Bonding – Bonding uses a composite resin material to fill gaps between teeth, or to help create a more uniform, symmetrical smile. By applying the material to your teeth, then sculpting it to create more proportional teeth, a dentist can drastically improve your smile’s esthetic.
Because the dentist is using his or her own artistic skills to create the improvements, this treatment is far more affordable than many cosmetic alternatives, such as porcelain veneers, which must be custom-crafted and then shipped to the dentist.
Contouring – Contouring is also fast and affordable, but this treatment is meant to minimize the size of disproportionally small teeth or minor overlapping of teeth. The process is also minimally invasive; it involves carefully filing away portions of the teeth that appear out of place.
Combining these treatments is often the best way for a person to achieve his or her ideal smile. One of the only drawbacks to choosing dental bonding is that it is not as stain-resistant or chip-proof as other treatments, such as porcelain veneers. This means the bonding may be susceptible to damage during high contact sports, dangerous jobs, or if you use staining products like tobacco.
Being honest with your dentist about your lifestyle can help the two of you determine the best course of cosmetic treatment for you.