In our last blog, we talked about how professional teeth whitening can help remove stains and brighten your smile. While this is a great option, this may not be the best solution for everyone. At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we know that every patient has different needs they would like to address. Other cosmetic dental services may help them achieve the effect they are looking for. In our office, we offer several means of esthetic enhancements, including bonding and contouring. This minimally invasive treatment is effective and long-lasting and can be done in just one appointment.
The Process Of Bonding
Bonding and contouring include two methods: adding material to the teeth or shaving down a small portion of your enamel. Depending on your needs, we can combine these methods to create an even appearance. If you have staining that cannot be lifted from the whitening process, this is a great alternative. Bonding also helps with minor cracks, chips, or spacing in between your teeth. If you have severe gapping, orthodontics may be recommended. However, if you have small problems that only affect the visual appearance of your smile, braces may not be necessary, and bonding can be used as an alternative.
How Contouring Works
If you have ever considered getting veneers, you may be familiar with the process of shaving down the teeth. Problems such as jagged or overly sharp teeth, uneven dentition, or unsymmetrical teeth can be evened with this solution. Unlike with the initial process of veneers, this will only be enough to create symmetry in your smile. The process is so minimal that you will not need anesthesia or numbing. Contouring is an irreversible treatment, which means that this effect will last you a lifetime.
Dental Care After Cosmetic Treatments
These treatments can be done within the same appointment, and you can leave the office with a brand-new smile. You may need to avoid eating or drinking during the first few hours after having these services completed. After that, you should be free to go about with your normal day. To help make these effects last long term, be sure to follow a regular dental hygiene routine. Cosmetic treatments do not replace good oral health. You should continue brushing and flossing as usual, as well as visiting the dentist twice a year.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
Talk to your dentist today to see if this cosmetic option is right for you. For more information about bonding and contouring give us a call at Sunny Smiles Family Dentistry in El Paso, TX at (915) 849-9000! We also offer other cosmetic services including teeth whitening, veneers, and gum contouring.