Tooth Contouring and Reshaping

Fixing the flaws of your teeth

Last modified: August 05, 2011

Dr Luana O'Connor

Happy Dental Romania
and Contributing Writer

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping

Are you ashamed of your smile? When you check your teeth in the mirror do you always notice the same little problem?

When you have small problems with your teeth, like a chipped tooth, a worn down tooth or grooves in your teeth you know that perfect smile is just not there.These minor problems can be fixed a dentist using the tooth contouring and reshaping procedure.

The dentist will clean and scale your teeth first to get the teeth ready for the cosmetic work. The next instrument to be used is the polishing instrument, which the dentist will use to remove small amounts of enamel.

This simple and pain free procedure will make a big difference to your smile. It is also relatively inexpensive. Are there benefits to tooth contouring?

The overall aim for tooth contouring and tooth reshaping is alter the size and shape of damaged teeth and bring them back in line with your healthy teeth.

The procedure is usually performed on your visible teeth, the ones people see when you smile like the lateral teeth, canine teeth and upper central teeth. This procedure will also benefit your oral health. It helps prevent gum diseases and cavities.


What Should I Expect While At The Dental Exam?

If your tooth defects are relatively minor and the dentist will be able to tell this after the first consultation, the dentist will x-ray your teeth to ascertain whether they are healthy enough to withstand the removal of small amounts of enamel from the surface of the tooth.


Tooth Contouring and Reshaping Procedure


This is usually a one-time dentist visit but sometimes you may need a follow up visit for the dentist to check everything is ok. Safety first.

Step one; the before picture which will be taken by the dentist. The dentist will then use different tools, which are at his disposal to polish off small areas of the tooth surface enamel and reshape the tooth into a more eye pleasing shape.

The tooth is then smoothed and polished which is the end of the procedure. Now the dentist will take and after picture so you can see the differences.

The aim of the procedure is to make the teeth in your smile more uniform in shape and size, which makes your smile more appealing to the eye. Depending on the amount of work your teeth need the procedure can last as little as 15 minutes or up to an hour.


Is Tooth Contouring and Reshaping Painful?


This is a pain free procedure so you don’t need to be numbed up and walk around drooling for the rest of the day. Don’t you hate that feeling? Once the procedure is complete most patients will have sensitivity to hot and cold for up to 48 hours after the procedure.

This is a minor irritation and usually goes away shortly, if it doesn’t make sure you go back and see your dentist. You can resume your regular eating habits the same day as the procedure as the removal of the small amount of enamel by the dentist does no harm to the tooth.


Good Candidates for Tooth Contouring and Reshaping


If you have some minor defects on your teeth as we have indicated you might be an ideal patient for this type of procedure. If you have one or more teeth that are out of sync with your teeth in your smile, such as large canine teeth is another indicator you might be suitable for this type of procedure.

You must remember that reshaping and tooth contouring can only be performed on healthy teeth.

Teeth that would not be suitable for the tooth contouring and reshaping are teeth that have thin enamel, teeth that have undergone extensive restorations, teeth with poor gum support and teeth that are shifting. Patients that will have their bite affected are not suitable for this procedure.

Listen to your dentist and they will explain it all.Some characteristics of the teeth that might preclude reshaping are: thin enamel, previous extensive restorations of the tooth or surrounding teeth, recently erupted teeth, teeth having gum structure that would be disturbed by the procedure, or teeth that are still shifting.

Some contouring is not recommended if it will adversely affect the patient's bite.

Finally, speak with your dentist, tell the dentist what you think is wrong and ask the dentist what he thinks will be the best way to fix your small imperfections. There are minor risks but by visiting a cosmetic dentist these risks are minimised.

Contact a dentist that offers tooth contouring and reshaping.

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