What Is Tooth Bonding?
Tooth bonding is the process of applying tooth-colored composite resin to the surface of a tooth, then shaping the resin to match the tooth’s ideal contour. The custom-tinted resin is then hardened and polished for a highly lifelike and durable finish. Bonding is often recommended to correct a number of issues, such as:
- Chipped teeth
- Gapped teeth (diastemas)
- Pitted teeth
- Tooth discoloration (which can’t be treated with teeth-whitening)
What Is Tooth Contouring?
Like tooth bonding, contouring is designed to provide maximum smile improvement with minimal changes to your tooth structure. The procedure involves carefully sculpting a small amount of tooth enamel—the outer layer of your teeth—to correct issues such as:
- Overlapping teeth
- Jagged edges
- Minor chips
- Pointed bicuspids (also referred to as “vampire teeth”)