Dental contouring is commonly referred to as tooth reshaping and it the procedure is exactly what it sounds like. Dental contouring involves the removal of some of the tooth enamel and this allows teeth to be shaped for improved esthetics. Tooth shaping and composite bonding are often recommended together and can make a significant difference in one’s smile.
Dental contouring is one of the least invasive and most subtle cosmetic dentistry procedures that can tremendously improve the look for the teeth. Tooth reshaping is a very cost effective and painless procedure that has many benefits.
The process for dental contouring simply involves x-rays, sanding, and polishing. First, x-rays are taken to ensure that your teeth are healthy and that you are a suitable candidate for tooth reshaping. Once the x-rays are taken, the teeth that need reshaping will be highlighted for the sanding. The surface and sides of the teeth are then carefully sanded to remove a small portion of enamel. Finally, the newly shaped teeth are smoothed out and then polished.
Tooth reshaping can solve some minor imperfections in the teeth. Chips, overlaps, and irregular shaped teeth can all be fixed with dental contouring.
As mentioned before, dental contouring is minimally invasive procedure which means that it is generally painless. Anesthesia is not required because the enamel is only removed from the surface of the teeth and there is usually little to no discomfort or sensitivity.
Tooth reshaping can also improve your overall health. When teeth are overlapping, tartar and plaque can easily build up which can lead to gum disease and/or tooth decay. Tooth reshaping can fix the overlapping issue which will reduce the chances of more serious dental issues.
Tooth reshaping is not recommended for people who have serious oral health issues or for those who need extensive cosmetic work. Dental contouring is ideal for you have small or minor tooth imperfections.
Mal Braverman DMD FADFE has years of experience with tooth reshaping and his New York City cosmetic dentistry office is your first stop to a better smile. If you live in New York City and have some minor tooth imperfections that you want to clear up, give Dr. Braverman a call. Contact us to schedule a consultation for dental contouring with one of NYC’s leading cosmetic dentists.