If you have one or more of your teeth that sticks out in your smile, you may be considering your options. When a tooth has points, ridges, uneven surfaces, gaps, cracks, and chips, one tooth can be the odd one out, causing chaos in an otherwise lovely grin. Depending on the issue at hand, teeth bonding or teeth contouring may be a great solution. With teeth bonding, your dentist will add composite resin to the tooth to build it up, and with teeth contouring, your dentist will polish your tooth enamel into a more attractive shape.
Are You a Good Candidate For Teeth Bonding?
To be a good candidate for teeth bonding, you need a natural tooth to build from. The composite resin that your dentist uses will only adhere to natural tooth enamel, so a crown or an implant won’t work as a base. If your chipped or broken tooth is a good match for this cosmetic fix, your dentist will add layers of resin until the rough shape of the tooth is there, then polish it up to make it look sparkly and perfect.
Are You a Good Candidate For Teeth Contouring?
If you have natural teeth that are excessively pointy, have extra ridges, or other weird bumps on their surface, teeth contouring might be the answer. Your dentist can polish away the extra enamel to reveal the perfectly shaped tooth hidden underneath. This can also fix some small teeth overlaps, which might be preferable to braces.
How Long Will This Take?
Teeth contouring and bonding are surprisingly quick processes. Your dentist can finish them in one office visit, which would give your smile a big boost. To find out whether either of these might be right for you and your teeth, schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss your specific case.