Cosmetic Makeovers With Bonding And Contouring

des moines bonding and contouringWhen you have esthetic issues, including issues beyond teeth stains, then you may benefit from a conservative and minimally invasive treatment. Dental bonding and contouring can transform the appearance of your smile in one sitting! In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about our cosmetic treatment options.

Planning Your Treatment

Everything starts with an initial visit for a consultation. During this appointment, we will talk to you about your hopes or your smile, and what issues you want to see addressed. Our team will then plan your treatment with precision and accuracy, starting with a detailed examination using advanced digital technology. This will allow our team to assess the cause and extent of your esthetic issues, and then create a personalized treatment plan to address them. In many cases, dental bonding and contouring can be used to transform the appearance of your teeth in only one visit!

Dental Bonding

The dental bonding process repairs and restores teeth with composite resin, the same metal-free material we use in our dental fillings. This blends quartz-like and acrylic particles, and can be color-matched to blend with your smile senselessly. The process starts with our team numbing the tooth and removing any decay. We then clean the tooth and gently etch the outer surface. The composite resin is added in several layers, and we sculpt the tooth as this material cures underneath a special light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a brighter appearance.

In one visit, we can close embarrassing gaps between teeth, lengthen worn down teeth, and repair chipped or cracked teeth. Our team can also reshape malformed teeth and even mask permanent teeth stains to brighten teeth that can’t be treated with whitening alone.

Cosmetic Contouring

In the same visit, our team can also contour the teeth. This involves gently sanding and buffing away outer structure to repair the teeth and also correct common esthetic issues. For example, our team can address minor chips, and even reshape malformed or overly large teeth. Rough patches, pits, and grooves can be smoothed out as well, and we can even dull sharp, jagged, and overly pointed teeth. For a smile makeover, we combine these treatments with options like professional teeth whitening or even porcelain veneers.

If you have any questions about how we treat esthetic issues in one visit, then contact our team to learn more. We want to help transform the beauty of your smile!


Our team wants to help improve the appearance of your smile. If you have any questions about improving the health and beauty of your smile in one visit, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.