When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, tooth contouring or reshaping is one of the few treatments available that can be taken care of in just one to three trips to the dentist’s office and can be used to correct overlapping teeth, cracked teeth, chipped teeth or crooked teeth. In certain situations, you might even be able to substitute the dental contouring process for braces. The changes that result from the procedure are subtle ones. Just a couple millimeters of tooth-colored laminate or reduction can help to create a very beautiful smile. But first, X-rays will need to be taken by the cosmetic dentist so that he or she can see if there is a sufficient amount of bone to work with. Your teeth will be marked with a pencil as a guide for the dentist. Any imperfections are skillfully minimized and very often, eliminated completely by using a laser or sanding drill for gradually removing small amounts of the surface enamel on your tooth. Next abrasive strips are used to shape the sides of the tooth. Finally the teeth are polished and smoothed. In most cases, anaesthetic won’t be needed.
Minor problems with your bite can also be fixed by contouring. A gorgeous smile can be created by combining tooth reshaping with bonding.
The Advantages And Disadvantages
Even though contouring and reshaping are considered minor procedures, you should still consider the pros and cons to help you to decide if it is the right remedy for your situation.
Cost – The procedure is very inexpensive in most cases but really will depend on what needs done. Since the procedure is painless in most cases, not using anesthesia helps to keep costs low. Your insurance could even cover it if the defect was the result of an accident. If you only have minor overlapping problems with your teeth, this could also eliminate the need for braces.
Improves tooth health – Plaque and tartar tend to build up when teeth overlap and by removing these types of imperfections, the risk of gum disease and decay is greatly reduced.
Changes Are Subtle – Dental contouring and tooth reshaping doesn’t dramatically alter the appearance of your smile. If you are looking for whiter teeth, you may want to choose veneers.
Tooth Damage Possibility – Your teeth may become more sensitive after the procedure if too much of the enamel is eliminated. This could also cause your tooth to break more easily.
If you only need small repairs or adjustments to improve the way your teeth look, this could be the best way to go. If one side of your tooth sticks out more than other teeth or you have a tooth that you think is too pointy or just a tiny bit crooked, this would be the best way to fix it. If you are getting crown lengthening or veneers, sometimes these more extensive procedures start with contouring and tooth reshaping. Consider your options so that you can eliminate any imperfections that may be bothering you so that you can feel more confident by getting the smile that you have always dreamed of having.
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