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Dental Bonding vs. Contouring
Dental bondingThis procedure enhances a tooth’s appearance by adding a small amount of material to it.
Material usedComposite resin is typically the material used to fill in irregularities in a tooth. This is the same compound generally used to fill more visible cavities because it is similar in color to the natural enamel of the tooth. It can even be shaded to match the color of a tooth so the bonding is not noticeable. A treatment like this can last between five and 10 years depending on care.
Issues it can fixMore serious irregularities may not be able to be repaired by bonding. The following are some of the issues commonly fixed by this type of procedure:
- Small gaps between teeth
- Intense stains unable to be lifted with other whitening options
- A tooth that appears short or uneven
- Chipped teeth
- As an alternative to a crown on a front tooth
Dental contouringInstead of adding material to a tooth, this procedure takes away a small amount of enamel.
Tools usedA sanding instrument is most often used to correct small imperfections on the enamel of a tooth. When the irregularity is on the side of a tooth, contouring can be accomplished using sandpaper-like strips. The issue needs to be on the surface of the tooth and not down too deep for this treatment to be a recommended option.
Smile problems it can solveContouring can only be performed on thick enamel. Attempting to contour thin enamel can cause chipping or cracking. A procedure like this can successfully deal with pits or rough patches, pointed or jagged edges, teeth that overlap or longer teeth that create an uneven smile. While this treatment can be completed in a dental office, the strength of your enamel should be thoroughly checked by a dental professional before beginning the procedure. This can prevent thin enamel from being damaged unnecessarily. Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Dental Bonding in Boca Raton, FL.
ConclusionTeeth with small surface imperfections may be able to be fixed with dental bonding and contouring. These relatively simple procedures involve adding material or shaving off small amounts of enamel. Many common tooth issues can be addressed quickly and easily with these treatments. Request an appointment or call Regency Court Dentistry at (561) 566-5443 for an appointment in our Boca Raton office.
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