Tooth Contouring and Reshaping
You may have perfectly healthy teeth and an even bite – but what if some or all of your teeth are misshapen, asymmetrical or disproportionate to the rest? Then you’ve got a problem. Even a perfectly healthy smile will look unhealthy and unattractive if something is off about your tooth shape.
It’s fortunate, then, that modern technology allows you to quickly and easily change the shape of your teeth to your liking. You don’t have to get crowns, wear dentures or undergo expensive procedures. You really can walk out of our office with a brand new set of perfectly shaped teeth in as little as 40 minutes!
Contouring is the simplest form of tooth shaping. During contouring, a dentist takes small, fine tools and uses them to remove micro layers of enamel: the hard tissue that forms the outer layer of your teeth.
This way, a doctor can re-shape jagged, chipped, misshapen and disproportionate teeth in minutes – and you can go home with a beautiful smile with zero downtime. Contouring does not require any implant work and is not invasive, meaning you can go back to enjoying your life the very same day.
Contouring is a perfect solution if you have excess enamel – but sometimes, you may have the opposite problem. You may want to change the shape of a tooth, or multiple teeth, by making them larger. If that’s the case, you’re looking at…
ReShaping via Bonding
Bonding refers to applying a soft, doughy material to your teeth and then hardening it with professional dental tools. Bonding can help fill gaps and cracks, as well as add size to a small tooth (or teeth). Even better, it can give a permanently discolored tooth a healthy, natural hue, removing the need to get dentures.
When used together, contouring and bonding give you endless options in terms of shaping your teeth. What’s truly fantastic here is that these options are permanent, or nearly so – because bonded resin is extremely durable, and because shaved enamel will never grow back and give you problems again.
It’s important to care for your reshaped teeth the same way you would for your natural ones. The exception is, you may want to use whitening toothpaste in the days after you get your bonding to prevent discoloration. You will also want to avoid biting down hard on food items like hard pretzels and apples. Dental resin is durable – but it’s not titanium, and it can lose its shape over time.
Now, if you’re considering tooth contouring against other alternatives – like veneers, a crown or even dentures – why not talk to the specialists at our office? If you call us today at (781) 277-3120, we’ll be more than happy to give you a free consultation!