tooth contouring and bonding
‘to mould or shape so as to fit a certain configuration’
tooth contouring and bonding are cosmetic dentistry procedures that deal with subtle changes to the teeth. often, the slightest change to a corner, or edge of a tooth achieves the desired symmetry and perfects the existing smile-line.
using the rules of ‘the golden proportion’, smiles can be tweaked using a combination of enamel removal (contouring) and sculpted tooth-coloured filling material (bonding). in this way, symmetry is attained and tooth chips along with other imperfections are filled in. polishing discs are also used to flatten rough edges and round off corners.
the technique is minimally invasive and best for people who just need tiny adjustments or repairs to improve the look and feel of their teeth. it can be used to disguise fluorosis, discolouration, round off ‘fangs’, shorten or lengthen teeth. the possibilities are endless, the results astounding.
the pro’s of this type of cosmetic procedure are many. it is relatively inexpensive. because only surface enamel is removed in tooth contouring, there’s generally little pain during, or after the procedure and no anesthesia is required. removing minor overlaps and other imperfections where tartar and plaque can build up lowers your risk of decay and gum disease. in some situations, this conservative approach, can be a substitute for braces as they make teeth look a little straighter and eliminate minor overlapping.
tooth contouring and bonding are quite often, but not always, the first steps toward more extensive cosmetic dental work. procedures such as veneers, tooth whitening, and crown lengthening can be performed months or even years afterward.
minimal, painless, cheaper… but oh-so effective.