Little defects in the appearance of your teeth may cause you to refrain from smiling. Fortunately, these minor defects can often be corrected using an affordable, minimally invasive procedure known as tooth contouring and reshaping.
Tooth contouring involves the removal of a small portion of the tooth enamel with a dental drill in order to sculpt the tooth into a more aesthetically pleasing shape and also to help the tooth fit better in the mouth. This is followed by polishing the tooth to give it a smoother finish. Contouring is most commonly used for the canines and the upper front incisors as these are the most visible teeth.
At Dental Arts, we use tooth contouring and reshaping to correct the following issues:
Before beginning the contouring procedure, we will first examine your teeth to understand how reshaping could correct your problems. This will involve ensuring that the teeth being contoured would look better and there would be no bite issues after reshaping. We may also take an X-Ray to understand how far the inner tissue of the tooth is from the area being contoured. Since the enamel is non-living, you will most likely not need an anesthetic during the procedure. You will only feel some vibration in your tooth as we smoothen and polish it. The procedure can be completed in about half an hour. Reshaped teeth are prone to sensitivity, which only lasts for a day or two.
If that small chip in your front tooth or that extra-pointy canine is bothering you, teeth contouring and reshaping can help. Call the office of Dental Arts at (414) 462-3160 to know more about this procedure.