If you are self-conscious about your smile, you may feel uncomfortable smiling, laughing, or speaking around others, and this can negatively affect your self-esteem and confidence. But with dental contouring at Elite Dentistry, you can get the smile you deserve, and correct cosmetic problems. Learn more about contouring below, or by contacting us for an appointment.
What Is Dental Contouring?
Tooth contouring and shaping, also known as enameloplasty or odontoplasty, is a treatment in cosmetic dentistry used to alter the appearance of your teeth by removing a small amount of tooth enamel to change the shape, length, or surface of the teeth.
It is a treatment that is often used in tandem with dental bonding to achieve your smile’s desired appearance. Certain teeth may need to be bonded because they have been chipped or are missing some structure of the tooth while other teeth may be too long, awkwardly shaped, or too sharp.
Dental contouring can be used to repair damage to teeth, improve dental imperfections, fix cracked or chipped teeth, and lower the risk of tooth infection by making them easier to clean. This procedure is painless, minimally invasive, and one of the cheapest cosmetic alterations.
What is the Recontouring Process Like?
You’ll first need to come into Elite Dentistry for a consultation. Dr. Mark Ashy will examine your teeth to rule out tooth decay and gum disease and determine the severity of the tooth condition. Severely damaged and chipped teeth may not be good candidates for dental contouring, and dental crowns or veneers may be recommended instead.
Since this procedure is only performed on the surface of the teeth where there are no nerves, no anesthesia is required. We will remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth with a dental drill or sanding disc.
This procedure may be combined with dental bonding which builds the structure of the tooth back up. That involves bonding composite resin to the tooth and then it is cured with UV light to instantly harden.
The dental drill or sanding disc will be used to contour and shape the teeth to the desired length, shape, and surface. Once we’ve achieved the desired appearance of the teeth, we will polish them to match the sheen of the rest of your teeth.
Does Recontouring hurt?
No, dental contouring is so painless that we rarely need to use local anesthesia unless you have very sensitive teeth or other special circumstances. Since we only file a small amount of your enamel, which is the uppermost layer of your teeth and doesn’t contain any nerves that are responsible for sensation, you will not feel any pain and there is no recovery time.
Who Is A Candidate For Contouring?
A good candidate for dental contouring is someone with minor aesthetic or structure issues with their teeth. Patients who are undergoing dental bonding may also want to use dental contouring for additional shaping of the teeth.
You must also be in good oral health and not have any present tooth decay, gum disease, damaged dental pulp, or severe chips, cracks, or other damage to the teeth. Patients should also be aware that removal of tooth enamel is permanent and irreversible.
What Can Dental Contouring Fix?
- Teeth that are too long
- Teeth that are too big
- Misshapen teeth
- Minor chips or cracks
- Uneven teeth
- Rough surface
- Sharp teeth
- Teeth that are too round
- Smoothing out pits and ridges
- Slightly crooked teeth
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