Smile improvement is an important aspect of professional dentistry because your confidence in your smile is as important as its overall health. However, when improving your smile’s appearance, it’s just as important to make sure that you preserve a maximum amount of healthy, natural tooth structure for the good of your long-term oral health. To that end, we often recommend cosmetic tooth bonding and contouring, which can create dramatic results for your smile’s appearance without your dentist having to modify a large amount of tooth structure.
Building Up Your Tooth Structure
Tooth bonding is more commonly performed than tooth contouring, and involves carefully bonding tooth-colored composite resin to your tooth. The resin, which is custom-tinted to mimic the unique shade and color of your teeth, can be sculpted to match the tooth’s ideal outline. After your dentist hardens and polishes the bonding, your tooth will look like new again, without blemishes and with a stronger, healthier structure.
Reshaping Your Tooth’s Outline
In some cases, adding to your tooth’s structure isn’t the right answer. For instance, if your tooth slightly overlaps another, then you don’t want to add to the other side of the tooth so that it overlaps that one, as well. Instead, your dentist can carefully sculpt the overlapping edge (or jagged, sharp edge) through tooth contouring, creating a more symmetrical tooth and uniform smile. For some patients, we may recommend performing bonding and contouring together to improve the appearance of several teeth simultaneously.
Ask Your Dentist About Tooth Bonding & Contouring
With tooth bonding and contouring, you can completely transform your smile’s appearance without drastically changing your healthy, natural tooth structure. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.