Don’t let an imperfect smile steal your confidence and dreams. Studies show that people with an attractive smile are considered friendlier, more intelligent, and more successful. If your front teeth are oddly spaced, chipped, or misshapen, cosmetic bonding or contouring can reshape them for a beautiful smile. Bonding adds more structure to teeth to fill spaces and chips, while contouring reshapes existing tooth enamel, softening the edges of sharp or jagged teeth.
Often, our dentists perform bonding and contouring together for optimal outcome. If the dentist is contouring a tooth, he will use a special tool to reshape the tooth’s edge. For bonding, a composite material is tinted to match your natural tooth coloring. The dentist will apply the compound to your tooth, sculpting the material to create an aesthetically-pleasing restoration. Bonding won’t last forever, but patients generally enjoy these restorations for at least 10 years. Many patients choose bonding as a precursor to porcelain dental veneers.