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Bonding vs. Tooth Recontouring: Which is Right for Me?

So you’ve decided to finally do something about your smile. You know, the two or three teeth that look a little “off” and take away from your smile’s overall appearance. You’ve heard about other cosmetic treatments but have decided that tooth recontouring or bonding is probably your best choice – but which one is right for you?


Bonding is perfect when you need to add to a tooth’s surface. That is, if there is a small chip or gap, or even a tooth that appears slightly shorter than the others. Tooth colored composite is then applied to the conditioned tooth and shaped in a way that it creates what looks like new tooth structure so that the tooth appears fuller and larger. Composite comes in many different shades and is perfectly matched to the natural enamel for the most dramatic results. 


Recontouring involves gentle reshaping of the natural tooth surfaces, so they appear even and smooth. You may notice that some teeth appear bumpy along the edges, are slightly uneven or some teeth look longer than the rest. By recontouring them, you can remove a small amount of tooth surface without causing tooth sensitivity or damage to the tooth itself. This creates a more even appearance from one side of the smile to the other. Soft tissue recontouring can also impact the appearance of your teeth, by adjusting the gumlines to make teeth look fuller and even.

Bonding and recontouring can also be used together, with one tooth addressed at a time. Your dentist can help you decide what the overall effect is that you want, and give you dramatic results in just one appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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