Simple and quick, bonding and contouring are cosmetic treatments that achieve significant results with minimal time and financial investment. In some cases, little or no anaesthetic is required during these procedures.
What are Tooth Bonding and Contouring?
- Tooth Bonding: Think of bonding as an additive process. Dr. Murray-Curtis applies custom-shaded, tooth-coloured composite resin to natural tooth structure to correct chips and uneven or wide spaces between teeth.
- Tooth Contouring: Think of contouring as a subtractive process.
By sculpting tooth enamel, contouring smoothens and softens rough edges on teeth.
What are the Benefits of These Treatments?
- Bonding corrects chips in teeth
- Bonding closes spaces between teeth
- Bonding can be applied as a veneer to correct tooth stains and discolouration
- Bonding can lengthen a tooth that appears short
- Contouring can improve the appearance of a slightly rotated or overlapping teeth
- Contouring can shorten long teeth
- Contouring can soften the edges of sharp, ridged, or jagged teeth
Will I Make a Good Candidate?
Minor natural imperfections or chips that do not extend into the layers beneath tooth enamel (dentin, pulp) may be ideal for bonding. Dr. Murray-Curtis must examine the teeth in question, and may need to review X-rays prior to recommending tooth bonding over other restorative and cosmetic procedures.
If your front teeth never lost the ridges that usually wear down during adolescence; if you have always disliked your sharp, vampire-like canine teeth; or if the biting tips of your front teeth are uneven, contouring might be a perfect treatment.
What Does Bonding and Contouring Cost?
Bonding replaces the need for whitening, crowns, braces, or veneers and costs only a fraction of these more invasive restorations. Contouring replaces the need for crowns or veneers, and again, is a much more affordable option. However, bonding and contouring can only address minor flaws, whereas other cosmetic treatments can correct more significant smile imperfections.