What is Tooth Contouring and Reshaping?

What is tooth contouring and reshaping? Teeth reshaping is one of the most convenient and cost-effective options for fixing chipped, uneven, or poorly aligned teeth to create a more attractive smile. Dentists may combine shaping or contouring teeth with a treatment called bonding. Bonding involves applying resin to improve the overall appearance of the teeth. The best teeth to perform this kind of procedure on are typically the front teeth. For more advice about tooth contouring and reshaping from Dr. Christopher Murphy at Southern Maine Orthodontics, please keep reading.

Tooth reshaping removes small amounts of tooth enamel in order to change the shape, length, or surface of one or more teeth. This cosmetic dentistry technique is usually used to correct crooked, chipped, cracked, or even overlapping teeth. Sometimes this procedure is even a substitute for braces.

In tooth contouring, a dentist gently removes tooth enamel with a laser or drill. However, before this treatment can begin, the dentist must X-ray the teeth to evaluate the size and location of the pulp of each tooth to ensure that there’s enough bone between the teeth to support them. Next, they trim misshapen areas, shortening excessively long teeth or altering badly-shaped teeth to even them out for proper bite and alignment.

While these procedures are a great option for improving or changing your smile, they aren’t the best answer for everyone. To even be considered for these procedures, your teeth must meet certain criteria. The best place to start is by meeting with a cosmetic dentist. They can determine what course of action will be most beneficial for you and your teeth. If you have any questions or are wondering if these procedures are right for you, please contact our office.