Bonding & Contouring
Bonding entails closing gaps and correcting chips with composite resin in a process much like the one we use for placing white fillings. As one of the more affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures, bonding can be a temporary alternative to permanent cosmetic crowns or porcelain veneers. The composite resin used in bonding procedures is tinted to match the natural shade of the patients’ tooth. Bonding is usually completed in one office visit.
Problems that Bonding Corrects
- Minor cracks and chips in the teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Jagged edges
Prior to applying the composite resin, Dr. Chin will gently and slightly roughen the surface of teeth to ensure that the resin bonds securely. The bonding process often takes less than an hour per tooth.
This procedure may accompany bonding. To contour teeth essentially means to reshape edges that appear rough, sharp, or jagged. For example, if one tooth is slightly longer than the one right next to it, Dr. Chin may recommend contouring the longer tooth so that the two look even. Before Dr. Chin begins contouring treatment, he will take X-rays of your teeth to ensure that they are healthy enough for the procedure.
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