Composite Bonding and Tooth Contouring in Acworth, GA

Sometimes, patients desire cosmetic changes to the size, shape or appearance of teeth, but do not want permanent treatment through porcelain veneers. Dr. Yen Tran, DMD, offers tooth contouring and bonding as a quick, but effective treatment for improving the uniformity and symmetry of your smile.

Cosmetic Issues Treated by Composite Bonding

The resin-like material that dentists use to bond to teeth during composite bonding treatments is the same material used for composite fillings. It closely resembles the texture and appearance of your natural tooth. It can be used to camouflage, fill, or replace areas of tooth that are damaged or discolored.
Typically, it treats:

  • Cavities: composite material is used to fill and cover the space left behind after tooth decay is eradicated. 
  • Spaces between teeth: Dr. Tran can lessen or eliminate the gap between teeth, without the time or expense of traditional orthodontics.
  • Chipped teeth: minor chips, cracks or fracture lines in teeth can be covered by bonding, also protecting the tooth from a possible root canal or extraction treatment later on.
  • Extrinsic stains or discolored teeth: a thin covering of composite can function like a veneer and camouflage the appearance of yellowed, stained, or dull teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth: by shaping, smoothing, and polishing the composite, your dentist can create a more uniform smile.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Composite Bonding

With composite bonding, you can preserve more tooth enamel. Dr. Tran often only needs to file the area slightly to create a tactile surface on which the resin can bond. Enamel protects the pulp, or vulnerable inner core of the tooth, and once it’s been removed, it can’t grow back. In addition, bonding is less costly than veneers or dental crowns, and the treatment can usually be completed in just one hour.

However, composite bonding has certain disadvantages as well. While it can cover discoloration in your natural tooth, the more porous composite material won’t resist stains as well as porcelain. It’s also not quite as enduring or strong as a dental crown or veneer; dental bonding must be replaced about every eight to 10 years.

To decide if it’s right for you, think about what you desire for your smile both now and in the future. If price and speed of treatment are important to you, dental bonding could be an excellent option. But if you are searching for a permanent solution, there could be other treatments more suited to your goals. Dr. Tran can talk through our different cosmetic treatment options with you to help you decide.

Tooth Contouring

Tooth contouring is a fast and permanent cosmetic solution to change the length or shape of a natural tooth. Shaping and polishing teeth through tooth contouring treatment takes just one appointment, so you can quickly obtain lasting results! With no nerves present in enamel, the process is not painful, and does not require local anesthesia. Therefore, this is a great treatment option for patients who are fearful or nervous of more invasive cosmetic treatments. The final effects of contouring are permanent because once enamel is removed, it cannot grow back. Dr. Tran will ensure that a safe, minimal amount of enamel is removed to keep your tooth protected, while still giving you the final results you desire.

Cosmetic Dental Care in Acworth, GA

If you’re looking to discuss a dental bonding or tooth contouring treatment with a dentist in the Acworth, GA area, call 770-974-6868 to speak with a member of our staff today!