The Value in Tooth Bonding & Contouring

If one or more of your teeth are marred by more than just teeth stains, then improving their appearance will require more than just teeth-whitening. However, the goal of your cosmetic treatment will still be to achieve optimal results with minimal changes to your teeth, and bonding and contouring are often ideal for accomplishing this. Tooth bonding and contouring are minimally invasive procedures designed to change the size, shape, and contour of your teeth, which doesn’t require much dental work but can have dramatic results for improving your smile.

How Tooth Bonding Is Performed

Bonding a tooth is the process of using tooth-colored composite resin to repair and/or buildup a portion of its structure. The resin is customized to match the specific color and shade of a tooth, then bonded to the tooth’s surface. By sculpting the resin to match the tooth’s ideal shape and contour, then hardening and polishing the resin to match the tooth’s appearance, bonding can effectively repair a chipped, lightly cracked, worn down, or otherwise blemished tooth.

What Tooth Contouring Does

Contouring a tooth also focuses on cosmetically improving a tooth’s shape and contour, though it does so by lightly sculpting a small amount of the tooth’s outer enamel. If the tooth has an overlapping or jagged edge, or is too sharp or pointy, then contouring it can make the tooth a more uniform match with other teeth. Bonding and contouring are often performed together to address several different types of tooth blemishes, though you may only require one procedure, depending on your specific smile needs.

Conservatively Improve Your Smile

With cosmetic tooth bonding and contouring, we can correct the size, shape, contour, and texture of one or more teeth while minimizing the extent of changes to their structures. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cain and our team, call Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN or Portage, IN today at 219-938-2637, or email our office at We proudly serve all of Northwest Indiana and surrounding areas.