Many of us are self-conscious about our smiles. Perhaps our parents didn't have access to good dental care when we were children and we've never found ourselves in circumstances that allowed for correction as adults. Or we may have complicated genetic and/or lifestyle issues that lead to a set of teeth we'd rather hide than highlight.

Cosmetic dentistry is the perfect solution to all our mouth maladies. Cosmetic dentists offer a wide variety of services, though perhaps the most well-known are veneers. Veneers are used for stained or malformed teeth and involve placing a thin sheet of material over one's natural smile. You may also be able to keep your teeth as they are but still take advantage of things like whitening and reshaping.

Many patients want a cosmetic solution for their teeth, but they don't have the time, money or patience to opt for a full-scale treatment like veneers, crowns or braces. These patients may benefit from a solution called cosmetic bonding and contouring. It's inexpensive, quick and effective at fixing common imperfections in your smile.

What Is Cosmetic Bonding and Contouring?

Dentists use a special material called composite resin to cosmetically improve the appearance of the teeth that show when you smile. When the resin is applied, it is hardened and bonded to the teeth with a special curing light. Using dental tools, your dentist can then smooth and contour the hardened resin so that it matches the rest of your smile.

The Benefits of Dental Bonding

If you have minor smile issues that make you feel insecure, it's worthwhile to ask your dentist about dental bonding. This easy cosmetic treatment can provide you with a number of benefits:

It gives the teeth a better shape. - It gets rid of unattractive and unnecessary spaces in the grille, which reduces the chance of the teeth moving out of position.

  • It's a painless procedure that usually doesn't require any sedation.
  • The results will last for five or more years
  • It is a relatively inexpensive treatment compared to veneers or crowns.

A Relatively Quick Lunchtime Appointment

One additional benefit of cosmetic bonding and contouring is that it is a procedure that can be completed in just 15 to 30 minutes at the dentist's office. You can schedule a lunchtime appointment with your dentist and go right back to work with a more attractive smile. It's important that you avoid biting into tough foods like steak or drinking hot beverages like coffee after your appointment. The better you care for your teeth, the longer your new smile will last.

Ask Your Dentist If Cosmetic Bonding Can Help Your Smile

If you have a cosmetic concern that you believe may be resolved with the help of bonding and contouring, call a dentist today to schedule a dental consultation and exam. You may find out that this simple treatment is all you need to get the smile you've always wanted.