Teeth can become crooked, chipped, cracked, and even overlap as a result of many factors, including traumatic injury, bruxism (grinding) or even heredity.
Cosmetic contouring and reshaping procedures can remedy, and in many cases, greatly improve these conditions.
For example, an uneven or crooked tooth can be gently reshaped by removing a small amount of enamel, to correct the alignment.
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What is Tooth Contouring and Reshaping?
Tooth contouring and reshaping is the medical treatment for minor dental problems and is one of the few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry. This treatment corrects minor faults like chipped teeth, stained teeth, overlapping or crooked teeth, to name a few, and enhances facial appearance.
Although the problems which dental reshaping and countouring correct are minor, these demean the impression of one’s smile. Tooth contouring and reshaping is also performed when a tooth is fractured. The treatment is performed to correct the upper lateral, central and canine teeth.
The dental contouring procedure can also be used as a substitute for braces under certain circumstances. Generally, tooth contouring and reshaping is used to alter the length, shape or position of your teeth. The whole procedure does not take more than a day.
The main goal of tooth contouring and reshaping is to alter the size or shape of the slightly damaged teeth so that they are brought back into alignment with the rest. In addition to cosmetic benefits, the procedure also offers health gains. Aligned teeth are easier to clean and correcting overlaps makes sure that the risk of dental problems is reduced. The tooth contouring and reshaping procedure is painless and you will feel no discomfort whatsoever, both pre and post the procedure.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Dental Contouring and Reshaping Surgery?
Tooth contouring and reshaping is a safe method to ensure that your teeth are always looking good. Anyone with the following minor problems is the ideal candidate for a dental reshaping and contouring session:
- Slightly chipped teeth
- Small overlaps
- Teeth which show minor unevenness
- Eroded tooth surface
- Worn-out biting areas in the teeth
- Disproportionate size and shape of teeth
One important thing to remember is that if you want to go in tooth contouring and reshaping, you should have healthy teeth and gums. Dentist do not perform contouring and reshaping surgeries for patients who have major teeth and gum problems.
What is the Tooth Contouring and Reshaping Procedure?
The tooth contouring and reshaping procedure is quick, painless and sans any discomfort. To begin with, an X-ray of the patient’s teeth is taken to ensure that there are no other low lying problems in the gums and teeth, other then the reported ones that is. Then the doctor begins the procedure with first using different tools to polish off the surface enamel of the teeth and then reshaping and working upon them to give them the appropriate shape. The edges are then polished and smoothed to complete the procedure. Finally, a recheck of all the teeth is done by the dentist before bringing the surgery to a close.
The entire tooth contouring and reshaping procedure takes 30-60 minutes. However, depending upon the number of problems and teeth to be corrected, the procedure can be more time consuming. But in no case does it take more than a couple of hours.