In our last blog, we talked about how professional teeth whitening can brighten your smile. But what do you do if your teeth do not respond well to the bleaching agents? At our office, we offer several cosmetic solutions for you to have the best look. Bonding and contouring could be a great alternative to whitening services, and you can achieve the results you are looking for. Today, Dental Impressions of Ankeny, IA, is here to explain what this service entails.Read more: Bonding And Contouring For A Natural And Even Appearance
The Process Of Bonding
This cosmetic option has two steps. You may choose to just do one or the other, but they are very effective when paired together. Bonding is the process of taking composite resin and adding it to the natural tooth. This creates the effect of having a uniform shape and size that matches the rest of your smile.
If you have small chips, cracks, or discoloration that cannot be removed, or have a tooth that is smaller than the others, this is a great option for you. This process is similar to receiving a dental crown but is only for visual purposes. If you have severe damage to a tooth, talk to Dr. Foust about a restorative solution like dental crowns.
What Is Contouring?
Contouring the teeth is a process that involves lightly shaving down a portion of the tooth. By doing this, we can shape down teeth that are sharp pointed, jagged, or too long. This is also known as enameloplasty or odontoplasty. If you have ever considered getting veneers, this is similar to the preparation process, but not as drastic. You will not need to be sedated during this, either.
Even after going through braces or another alignment process, your teeth may not be symmetrical. This is not because your smile is not straight, but because the teeth themselves are different shapes and sizes. This cosmetic procedure allows you to achieve an even smile.
How Does This Compare
Every patient is different, which is why it is important to have a variety of options available. For some people, teeth whitening will be the best way to improve their smile. Or, if the staining is too deep, the discoloration will not be able to be lightened at all. Bonding can help create the appearance of a vibrant smile. For others, veneers may be too invasive or permanent. We find that bonding and contouring may be the happy medium that most people are looking for.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
These minimally invasive cosmetic procedures can help you reach your smile goals. To schedule a consultation, call Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA, today at (515) 965-0230.