Sat, May 4, 2013
Do you have a minor defect in your pearly whites that you’d like to erase? Seeing your dentist about tooth reshaping, also called dental contouring, could be the answer.
The appearance of the teeth can have a big impact on how the overall smile looks like. Even a single tooth that is misshapen can have a negative impact on the overall appearance of the teeth, with the problem being multiplied if several teeth are affected with shape or contour issues. Misshapen teeth can also affect the way you speak, or even the way you bite or chew and can lead to more serious dental problems if the issue is not addressed in the soonest possible time. In cases when the shape or contours of the teeth need to be improved, tooth contouring offer ideal solutions to these particular issues.
The goal of tooth contouring and reshaping is to change the size or shape of the teeth so that slightly damaged or out of proportion teeth are brought back into alignment with the rest. In essence a cosmetic procedure, it is most often performed on the upper central, lateral, and canine teeth. Beyond the outward benefits, there are often oral health gains, too, as smoothing the teeth and repairing overlaps can make them easier to clean, reducing the risk of the primary consideration for the suitability of cavities and gum disease. Reshaping can also be used to correct minor problems with bite and function.
The dental contouring procedure can even be a substitute for braces under certain circumstances. It is also a procedure of subtle changes. A few millimeters of reduction and a few millimeters of tooth-colored laminate can create a beautiful smile when performed by a cosmetic dentist, with no discomfort to you. Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of your teeth.
Advantages of tooth reshaping and dental contouring:
- Cost. This is an inexpensive way to improve the look of your teeth. If the defect occurred due to trauma or an accident.
- Painless. Because only surface enamel is removed in tooth reshaping and dental contouring, there’s generally no discomfort during the procedure and no anesthesia is required.
- Improves health of teeth. Removing minor overlaps and other imperfections where tartar and plaque can build up lowers your risk of decay and gum disease.
- Possible substitute for braces. In some situations, tooth reshaping and dental contouring can substitute for braces since they make teeth look a little straighter and eliminate minor overlapping.
Disadvantages of tooth reshaping and dental contouring:
- Subtle change. Unlike some cosmetic dentistry treatments, tooth reshaping and dental contouring will not dramatically change the look of your smile or make your teeth look whiter. For a more noticeable smile makeover, you may want to go with veneers. Tooth reshaping and dental contouring only eliminate small imperfections, whereas veneers cover the entire front surface of the teeth, giving them a completely new look.
- Risk of tooth damage. Depending on how much enamel is removed during tooth reshaping and dental contouring, teeth can become sensitive afterwards. And if too much enamel is removed, you can be at risk for tooth breakage.