What is Tooth Bonding and Contouring?

Teeth stains make up only a small portion of the smile imperfections that patients exhibit. For instance, many patients have chipped or worn teeth that affect the uniformity of their smile, or they may have a variety of cosmetic concerns to contend with.

Bonding and contouring is the process of changing the appearance of your tooth by slightly modifying its structure, either by adding a tooth-colored resin (bonding) or by slightly sculpting its edge or surface (contouring). In many cases, bonding and contouring can offer a more conservative alternative to other more involved cosmetic treatments.

What is tooth bonding?

Tooth bonding is the process of adding a small amount of tooth-colored composite resin to the surface of your tooth. The material is the same that Dr. Petto Messina uses to create durable, lifelike tooth-colored fillings. Once applied to the tooth, Dr. Petto Messina will artistically sculpt the composite to the ideal size and shape, then harden and polish it for a strong, attractive finish.

Bonding can be used for a number of imperfections including stubborn staining, minor chips and cracks, to close gaps between teeth, and more.

What is tooth contouring?

Tooth contouring is the complement to bonding and describes lightly sculpting the edge, or a small area, of tooth enamel. Contouring can help patients with minor overlapping teeth or teeth with jagged edges or rough spots of enamel.