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Tooth Reshaping and Contouring: What You Should Know

What You Should Know

People are quick to comment on a smile. It is one of the first things most people are attracted to and a beautiful, straight smile can improve your appearance and help you to make a good first impression.

Unfortunately, not all of us are naturally blessed with a perfect smile. If your teeth are crooked, you can use braces to bring them into alignment. If they are discolored or stained, teeth whitening is a common solution. You can even reshape your gums with laser treatments if you have a “gummy” smile.

What can you do if your teeth have uneven edges, if your tooth line is asymmetrical, or you have irregular wear or chipping along the edges of teeth that make you self-conscious about your smile? In such cases, tooth reshaping and contouring is a great option to explore with your dentist. Here are a few things you should know about the procedure.

What is Dental Reshaping and Contouring?

The process of dental reshaping and contouring begins by talking to your dentist about what you would like to change about your teeth. It is often used in concert with other treatments to close gaps, align crooked teeth, or otherwise improve one’s smile.

If you want to improve the appearance of an irregular or mildly damaged tooth line, if you want teeth that have more rounded or straighter edges, or you want to eliminate chips or ridges along the edges of teeth, dental reshaping and contouring could be a much simpler and more affordable solution than, say, bonding or veneers.

Once you and your dentist have assessed x-rays of your teeth and decided on the new and improved tooth line you prefer, the edges of teeth will be smoothed and contoured with a small sanding tool. The process only removes surface enamel, so there is generally no pain or discomfort and no anesthetic is needed during the procedure.

What are the Benefits?

Aside from attaining a more attractive smile, you’ll find that the process of tooth reshaping and contouring is preferable to alternatives like bonding, veneers, and in some cases, even braces, if you’re a good candidate. The process is quick, painless, and far more affordable than many other options. It’s a great way to make small changes that have a huge impact on your appearance and your confidence when you smile.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Good candidates for tooth reshaping and contouring will maintain good oral health and have minor imperfections such as an uneven tooth line, ridges on the edges of teeth, or minor chips. It’s best to speak with your dentist to find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure and if it will deliver the cosmetic improvements you desire.

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