Bonding and Contouring


Bonding and contouring are cosmetic dental procedures used for minor modifications to your teeth. They are mainly recommended for patients who want to get rid of any stains, cracks or chips that affect their smile.

During dental bonding, a small amount of resin is applied to a chipped or cracked tooth in order to hide the damage. The resin can also be used to make teeth longer or to cover the gaps between two teeth. Dental contouring, on the other hand, entails reshaping the tooth and removing the enamel to make it more even and improve its appearance. Though different, these two methods are often used in tandem to improve the overall look of your smile.

Advantages of Dental Bonding and Contouring

If you need minor adjustments and modifications to improve the look and feel of your teeth, dental bonding and contouring are the best options. They can also be a part of the larger cosmetic or restorative treatment like a smile makeover or full reconstruction. Regardless of why you may opt for these procedures, rest assured that you will reap the following benefits:

  • Cost Effectiveness – Compared to complete smile makeovers, this is a very inexpensive and easy way to enhance your smile. At our practice, you can further be sure of affordable treatment and long-lasting results.
  • No Pain – In most cases, an anesthetic is not required. After all, the only potentially painful aspect of tooth reshaping and dental contouring is the removal of a little bit of tooth enamel. However, this is mostly done in a painless manner.
  • Better Dental Health – Getting rid of the minor cracks, chips and imperfections prevents the plaque from accumulating in those areas, thus reducing the risk of tooth decay and cavities.
  • No Braces – If you are not a fan of braces and your dental imperfections are minor, you can go for dental bonding and contouring. However, this procedure may not be the best substitute for everyone.

The Procedure for Dental Bonding and Contouring at Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox, DMD

Before the process of bonding and contouring begins, dental X-rays are taken to ensure the health of the teeth. The areas of your teeth that need modification will be highlighted so that the process can start.

For dental contouring, the dentist will then use a sanding instrument and reshape the surface of the tooth. Strips of sandpaper-like material will also be used to contour the teeth. Finally, your teeth will be smoothed and polished.

For tooth bonding, a composite resin-based material is used to counter the damaged or discolored appearance of the teeth. The resin is applied onto the tooth and then sculpted into shape using special tools.

To book an appointment or get more information on bonding and contouring in Swedesboro, call now at 856 467 1100 or visit 1507 Kings Highway Route 605, Swedesboro, NJ 08085. Dr. Elizabeth Fox and her dental staff will provide you with the finest dental care in the tristate area.