Teeth that have structural imperfections can be visually improved with tooth contouring, also known as tooth reshaping. Chips, irregular shaping, and bad positioning all may respond to this procedure depending on their nature and severity. In some cases, reshaping can even make more extensive treatment unnecessary as long as health-related problems are not involved. Below, you can read more about this procedure, including what it offers and how it is performed at our office in Houston.
Tooth Reshaping Overview and Benefits
The basic process behind tooth contouring is simple: It involves carefully removing enamel from the teeth so that the shape, length, or surface is improved. With symmetry and uniformity playing major parts in how the smile is perceived, even tiny amounts of enamel removal can enhance appearance dramatically. The cost is minimal compared to other options, such as veneers. When orthodontics is being considered to correct tooth positioning problems, such as tooth overlapping, tooth reshaping is sometimes a faster, more affordable alternative. Finally, this painless procedure can even potentially improve oral health if it eliminates crannies where plaque tends to accumulate.
How Tooth Reshaping Works
Before tooth contouring, our dentist may use X-rays to confirm the health of the teeth being treated. Next, a pen is used to mark the teeth in places where enamel requires removal. Finally, the contouring process is performed using instruments to abrade the enamel away. Afterwards, our dentist ensures that the tooth is comfortable and looks good by polishing the enamel smooth. Teeth sensitivity does not normally occur afterwards.
Tooth contouring is suited to making small changes in the appearance of teeth. However, the versatility of the treatment makes it a valuable option for patients with numerous cosmetic flaws that would be far more costly to address with other procedures. If too much enamel were removed, the teeth could be uncomfortable and prone to decay and breakage. Choosing an experienced dentist for tooth reshaping can promote the best results and minimize risks of discomfort or damage. At a consultation with Dr. Nazari, our cosmetic dentist, Houston patients can find out if this is the right procedure to improve their teeth.
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