Who says cosmetic dentistry has to be all about complex procedures and dramatic smile overhauls? In many cases, your smile might benefit from just a couple small changes. When designing your personalized smile makeover treatment plan, Dr. Colin Lathrop might recommend dental bonding or contouring to gently repair chips, reshape teeth, close gaps, remove overlaps, and mask a number of other flaws. Both procedures provide reliable results and are surprisingly affordable.
Composite resin is versatile, durable, and can be shade-matched to blend with your natural tooth color. Bonding can generally be performed in less than an hour and the procedure requires no local anesthetic. First, Dr. Lathrop applies composite resin to the tooth. Then, using special tools, he sculpts the material, gently reshaping the tooth. After the resin hardens, Dr. Lathrop contours the edges and polishes the bonded tooth to a lifelike gleam. Dental bonding is a great treatment option for:
You will need to take a few special steps to extend the life of your bonded tooth. Use non-abrasive toothpaste, since the abrasive ingredients in most pastes can create tiny scratches in the composite resin than attract stains. When you consume darkly colored foods and drinks, try to avoid or minimize contact with the bonded tooth.
While cosmetic bonding augments the tooth’s structure to reshape it, contouring removes enamel to improve the shape of your natural teeth. Tooth contouring is inexpensive, reliable, and can really improve the symmetry of your smile. Even better, in some cases, contouring can be accomplished with the innovative LightWalker® laser instead of conventional tooth reshaping tools. Overlapped teeth are more susceptible to decay and gum disease because the hard-to-clean spaces between the overlaps encouraged the build up of plaque and tartar. Removing that overlap opens makes cleaning the teeth easier. Tooth contouring can improve a number of minor to moderate smile imperfections, such as: