Sometimes, our teeth could use a little help getting there. Whether you’re looking to further improve the appearance of your teeth after braces, or for a simple fix to even out misshapen teeth, tooth reshaping may be the solution best-suited for you.
Tooth reshaping/ dental contouring is a technique used in cosmetic dentistry to alter the length, shape, or surface of your tooth to improve its overall appearance.
Tooth reshaping is often used in combination with bonding, a procedure that involves the use of tooth-coloured material to sculpt your tooth or fill in the gaps between teeth.
First, your dentist will x-ray your teeth to pinpoint the exact location of your tooth’s pulp (the sensitive innermost layer of your tooth that contains your tooth’s nerve endings) and to determine how much pulp your tooth contains. Where the outer layer of your tooth (enamel) is too thin or the pulp is too close to the tooth’s surface, your dentist will not recommend reshaping and will suggest another procedure.
If your dentist decides that you’re good to go, a small amount of your tooth’s enamel will be removed, using either a drill or a laser. Your tooth will be reshaped according to your desired specifications and then polished to smooth out any jagged edges and to add a natural-looking sheen.
Where tooth reshaping involves the removal of some of your tooth’s enamel, bonding involves adding tooth-coloured composite resin to your teeth in order to alter the look of your teeth.
Bonding doesn’t require major changes to be made to the actual structure of the tooth and is best used to fill in slight gaps between teeth and to improve tooth colour.
Cosmetic dental issues that can be corrected with tooth reshaping Tooth reshaping can be effective in:
Following tooth reshaping, you will need to be very careful when exposing your teeth to hard foods. Furthermore, you will need to avoid biting your fingernails and pens, as well as using your teeth as a bottle-cap opener or as an extra pair of hands to hold onto heavy objects.
A desensitizing toothpaste can be used to help relieve symptoms of tooth sensitivity. And remember to be gentle when brushing your teeth, making sure your brush in circular motions without exerting too much force on your teeth.
If you’ve been considering reshaping your teeth, don’t hesitate to give us a call. The friendly team at Loy Dental Care will help you decide if reshaping your teeth is the best treatment for you.
We’re here to answer all your questions about tooth reshaping and other cosmetic dentistry procedures that can give you that picture-perfect smile!