Naylors Court Dental Partners

What is the difference between dental bonding and recontouring?

You take excellent care of your teeth but are unhappy with the appearance of your smile. Maybe you have a tooth that is discolored, misshapen, or that overlaps another tooth. Your dentist in Pikesville wants you to love your smile and would be happy to speak to you about dental bonding or recontouring. These are noninvasive and typically inexpensive ways to upgrade your smile.

In some cases, patients opt for both treatments depending on the aesthetic issue.

Dental bonding means your dentist uses a composite resin material to reshape your tooth or conceal discoloration or cosmetic damage like chips or shape issues. In this process, your dentist is adding material to your tooth—the same material used in tooth-colored fillings.

In dental recontouring, your dentist removes negligible dental material to reshape a tooth, correct an overlap, or buff out a cosmetic chip. Your dentist can also use recontouring to correct pointy or long teeth, giving you a more symmetrical smile.  

So, when you think about dental bonding, consider that your dentist is adding material to a tooth or teeth. When you think about recontouring, consider that your dentist is removing material.

Of course, your dentist can use both options to change the appearance of a tooth or teeth as well.

Schedule your tooth bonding and recontouring consultation today.

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