For individuals who have chipped, cracked
or irregularly shaped teeth, dental contouring and reshaping
can be just the ticket for a more beautiful smile.
Tooth reshaping, or contouring, is one of
few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry.
Dental reshaping and contouring is a procedure
to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or
even overlapping teeth in just one session.
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.
The reshaping of a your teeth is a procedure
that involves the removal of a very small amount of tooth
structure to help achieve a more desirable smile. Chipped
or fractured areas are smoothed out and specific angles or
edges can be rounded or squared. Contouring creates better
alignment and can create a more feminine or masculine smile.
It is sometimes done to prevent chipped areas from getting
worse. Tooth reshaping is a safe and conservative way to improve
your smile. Since teeth can become weaker if large amounts
of enamel are removed, this procedure is limited to minor
changes or combined with veneers or bonding for a terrific
• Immediate correction of the problem
• Generally painless, no anesthesia
• Less expensive than other forms of
• Permanent results
• No maintenance.
• Most conservative
• Quickest solution
• Your dentist can remove only a small
amount of tooth enamel, contouring your problem tooth into
a more pleasing shape for an improved smile. The tooth contouring
procedure is quick, simple, painless, and inexpensive.
• Too much reduction can alter the
appearance of the smile line and may be unattractive.
• Does not reposition the tooth
• No improvement in color
• Bite may limit how much of the tooth
can be taken away.
• In rare instances, sensitivity may
be a problem.
• There are limits as you may be at
risk for tooth breakage and decay if too much enamel is removed
• If your teeth were uneven because
you grind them, they'll become uneven again until the grinding
issue is resolved.