Ankeny, IA dentist offers bonding and contouring services

Bonding And Contouring Can Enhance Your Smile

Are you looking for a more conservative approach to cosmetic dentistry? Bonding and contouring are ways to make your smile look more uniform without drastic changes. While professional teeth whitening is a helpful option, patients with deep discoloration will not benefit from it, and veneers may be too drastic of a change for their smile goals. Bonding is a great solution for patients with intrinsic stains, minorly chipped teeth, or other small blemishes. Today, Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA, is here to explain the benefits of this cosmetic enhancement.

Read more: Bonding And Contouring Can Enhance Your Smile

Using Composite Resin For Esthetics

We use the same material for bonding as we use for dental fillings. Composite resin can be matched to the shade of your pearly whites, easily bonds in place, and is highly durable. For cosmetic purposes, this can be added to hide unwanted blemishes on your teeth. Patients who have small chips, cracks, or areas of discoloration will benefit from this technique. However, if you have severe damage to a tooth, a restorative option will need to be used instead. In many cases, a dental crown can repair a broken tooth.

Benefits Of Tooth Contouring

If you have uneven, jagged, or pointy teeth, we can reshape them to achieve a more uniform look. We will use special tools to gently contour these teeth to improve their appearance. This is beneficial for patients who have minor cosmetic problems. Instead of going through several years of orthodontic treatment to fix small overlaps, contouring can help achieve this within a single appointment. Before beginning, you will have a consultation with your dentist to ensure that this is the right treatment. If you have more severe alignment or overlapping issues, they may recommend other methods.

Other Uses For Composite Resin

As mentioned previously, we use composite resin during the bonding process and with fillings. If you have a cavity, it is important to have this treated as soon as possible. During your checkup, your dentist will examine for signs of decay such as change in texture or sensitivity of the tooth. You may also feel a lingering sensitivity to the area after eating certain foods, a hole in the area, and even minor discomfort in some cases. If you feel these changes, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. Ignoring a cavity can cause it to worsen, and you may need more invasive restorations if not treated promptly. For a filling, the decayed part of the tooth is removed gently using a drill. Then, the composite resin is placed. This will blend in with your smile and is highly durable.

See If This Cosmetic Treatment Is Right For You

To schedule a consultation for bonding, contouring, or another service, call Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA today at (515) 965-0230.