Ankeny, IA, dentist offers bonding and contouring services

Discovering The Benefits Of Bonding & Contouring

In our last blog, we discussed how a professional whitening treatment can help improve the appearance of your smile. This treatment is helpful for patients who have stains on the surface of their teeth. However, if these blemishes occur below the enamel, an alternative method may be necessary instead. Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA, offers bonding and contouring which can help hide imperfections and leave you with an even grin.

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What Causes Internal Blemishes?

Two kinds of stains can occur on your smile. The first type is extrinsic discoloration, which occurs on the surface of your teeth. This may be caused by outside factors such as certain food and beverages you consume. Popular items such as coffee, tea, soda, and even food can make your smile appear yellow. These can often be treated with a professional whitening treatment.

The other type of blemish that could occur would be intrinsic. These occur below the enamel and may be due to disease, injury, genetics, and more. Unfortunately, the bleaching agent used in whitening cannot remove these stains. Instead, their appearance can be minimized with options such as cosmetic bonding or veneers. Before having this done, the dentist will need to examine your smile to ensure that the tooth is healthy before starting cosmetic changes.

Why Bonding And Contouring?

One helpful way to achieve a more even-appearing smile is with cosmetic bonding. This is a minimally invasive option that can be done during a single appointment. The dentist will first examine your smile and look for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other problems. It is important that you do not have any oral health concerns before beginning any visual improvements. If the intrinsic blemishes are due to an injury, you may need restorations done first.

If your smile is in good health, cosmetic bonding can be done. The dentist will add a small amount of composite resin to the area and bond it. This material is durable and lifelike, so it will blend in naturally with your pearly whites. You will be able to eat, drink, and chew, with ease. You can combine this option with contouring, which can reshape your pearly whites if they appear uneven or jagged. Only a small amount of your tooth will be reshaped, and this should not cause discomfort.

What About Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are another option to hide these internal blemishes. This option is slightly more invasive than cosmetic bonding. Instead of adding composite resin to the area, porcelain shells will be adhered to the front of your tooth. Veneers can cover the appearance of spots, uneven teeth, or other imperfections.

Talk To Our Team Today

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, call Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA at (515) 965-0230