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A Guide to Teeth Reshaping: How Dental Contouring Works

April 30, 2021
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Posted By: Alta Dental

Do you have a small tooth flaw that gets on your nerves? Sometimes it’s the small problems, like teeth that slightly overlap or a chipped tooth, that really affect people when they look in the mirror, causing them to smile less.

Teeth reshaping, also known as dental contouring, is a process many cosmetic dentists use to quickly and easily fix small tooth flaws, like chipping or fracturing. 

Can a Dentist Reshape My Teeth?

In some cases, the teeth reshaping process gives dentists the opportunity to make positive changes to their patients’ smiles affordably and without invasive procedures. Teeth reshaping is often an ideal choice for situations where a patient doesn’t like the look of their teeth due to small cosmetic flaws and wants to make aesthetic improvements.

The flaws we can fix with tooth reshaping vary but include mildly overlapping teeth, small gaps between teeth, grooves in your enamel, chips, cracks, and more. If you have minor aesthetic problems that need fixing, teeth reshaping may work for you. The only main requirement is that your teeth are strong and healthy. 

However, the best way to know whether your dentist can reshape your teeth is to ask him or her yourself. Book an appointment with your dentist for an evaluation to make sure reshaping is the best choice for your cosmetic fix. After a thorough evaluation of your dental situation and an examination of your enamel, your dentist will let you know if tooth reshaping is the right course of action.

How Does It Work?

Enamel is the outer covering on your tooth, and it’s the hardest substance in the human body. When a dentist reshapes a tooth, they remove a small amount of the enamel. This allows the dentist to easily change the shape or size of your tooth to create a more pleasing appearance. 

The dentist plans for the reshaping in advance, taking x-rays and examining the tooth or teeth carefully. It’s a quick and easy process for the patient, and it’s possible to reshape a tooth in just one short dental appointment. 

Because the procedure focuses only on your enamel, patients generally experience no pain during the tooth reshaping appointment, which is another important benefit of this cosmetic procedure. 

What Is Dental Bonding and How Does It Factor In? 

Dental bonding is another great option for making cosmetic changes to patients’ teeth. With dental bonding, dentists apply a tooth-coloured composite resin material to their patients’ teeth to hide their aesthetic dental problems, such as chips and cracks. It is called dental bonding because once the material is applied, the dentist uses a special light to “bond” the material to the tooth. Like tooth reshaping (or dental contouring), it is a great way to make small alterations, and it’s a perfect solution for many minor cosmetic problems. It is also a solution that can last for years

Dental bonding and tooth reshaping are often performed together to create the patient’s ideal look. The dentist can both reshape the tooth and add dental bonding to fix flaws.

Does Tooth Bonding Last?

Studies have shown the combination of tooth reshaping and dental bonding to be a successful and long-lasting alternative to more invasive cosmetic procedures that require more time and investment, like dental crowns and porcelain veneers.

It is possible for dental bonding to last up to a decade. However, the length of time your dental bonding lasts partially depends on how well you care for your teeth. 

Caring For Your Contoured Teeth

After tooth reshaping is complete, many patients enjoy a more uniform, attractive smile. However, to keep enjoying a beautiful smile long-term after the procedure, it’s important to maintain a proper hygiene routine with regular brushing and flossing, in addition to bi-yearly visits to the dentist for dental cleanings and exams.

We recommend using a soft toothbrush for a gentle but thorough brushing. 

To make sure your dental bonding stays bright and intact, try to avoid consuming hard, chewy, or staining foods, like popcorn, nuts, and berries. Also, avoid drinking beverages that may cause stains, such as tea and coffee. Finally, don’t chew on your fingernails or hold items in your mouth, like a pencil or a pen. 

Caring for your teeth after reshaping and bonding is fairly straightforward and doesn’t stray much from most patient’s usual oral hygiene routine, making this procedure convenient even after the fact.

What Are the Benefits of Tooth Reshaping and Dental Bonding?

Even small flaws may keep people from smiling. Tooth reshaping and dental bonding can help patients eliminate small but distracting flaws from their teeth. With these cosmetic procedures, some patients may feel more comfortable showing their teeth in social situations and in photos, so they’re not the ones hiding their smiles when the camera comes out. 

At Alta Dental, we love helping our patients make smile alterations with tooth reshaping and dental bonding. 

Tooth Reshaping in Vancouver

If you are interested in tooth reshaping or dental bonding in the Vancouver area, we welcome your phone call. We would love to speak with you about our cosmetic dentistry procedures or book an appointment for a consultation in our dental clinic. Our experienced dentists enjoy assisting patients with all their smile needs.

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