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What is Dental Contouring and Why Might You Be Interested?

Posted on September 18, 2019 by Ryan Smith

NYC Dental Contouring

Everyone wants a beautiful smile, but often small flaws result in less than the ideal. For some, it may be a stained tooth, a chipped tooth, or a tiny crack and while all are small imperfections, they can affect your smile. For others, the issue may be teeth of unusual shapes, minor overlapping of multiple teeth, or even overall overcrowding in certain areas of your smile. These issues, though minor, if left unresolved can result in bigger concerns in the future.

Would you believe your dentist can offer non-invasive cosmetic procedures to correct these issues? It’s true and you might be more surprised to discover that the procedure won’t take seemingly endless visits to get the smile you want! Now, are you interested and maybe wondering what the procedure is? The non-invasive procedure is known as dental contouring and it may be exactly what you’ve been looking for to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

What is Dental Contouring?

Dental contouring, also called dental reshaping, is a relatively simple cosmetic dental procedure in which your dentist reshapes your tooth through the careful removal of some of your tooth’s enamel. By shaving away small amounts (as little as a millimeter or two) of enamel, your tooth’s size and shape can be improved along with the enhancement of your smile. Dental contouring is often combined with a procedure known as dental bonding in which a perfectly matched tooth-colored resin is used to further reshape the tooth.

How Does Dental Contouring Work?

Your dentist will first need to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. You’ll need X-rays to ensure your teeth are healthy and have sufficient enamel to support your tooth during the procedure. Once you are shown to be an ideal candidate for dental contouring, your tooth (or teeth) will be marked in the areas which need to be treated. The selected areas will then be shaped using a dental laser or sander. Once the contouring is complete, your tooth will be smoothed and polished.

What Problems Can Dental Contouring Help?

Dental contouring is a great solution for less than symmetrical teeth, minor chips or cracks, crooked teeth, minor overlapping or overcrowding, and pointy or misshapen teeth. During your consultation, you and your dentist can determine if dental contouring is the proper solution for you and your smile.

The Benefits of Dental Contouring

Dental contouring or reshaping may be the best option for you because of its non-invasive nature. It can also be considerably less expensive than other options while helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Contouring is painless for most patients and requires no anesthesia.

In addition, because contouring can repair minor overlaps, the possibility for decay in hard to reach areas is reduced. Plus, in many cases, contouring only requires a visit or two, making it less time-consuming and ideal for those with busy schedules.

Curious about Dental Contouring?

Are you curious about how dental contouring can help your smile? Call us today for a free consultation and let us show you how dental contouring can enhance the look and health of your smile!

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