Cosmetic Dentistry – Cosmetic Contouring
Cosmetic Contouring and reshaping is a procedure that straightens crooked, chipped, cracked or overlapping teeth.
A chip in a front tooth, some worn edges, or shallow pits or grooves in the tooth enamel are all minor issues, but they do reveal an imperfect smile. If you have one or more of these smile defects they can all be repaired using a procedure known as tooth contouring and reshaping.
After contouring, the teeth are more uniform in shape and size making them appear less crowded and eye-catching imperfections are gone. The length of the procedure is dependent on the amount of changes that are being made to the teeth, but can run from under 30 minutes to over an hour.
The ideal candidate will have minor imperfections in their teeth such as small chips, minor unevenness, slight overlaps, shallowly pitted surfaces, or worn biting areas in their teeth. Other indications for the procedure are one or more teeth out of proportion in size to the rest of the set, such as large, pointy canine teeth. Note that reshaping can only occur on healthy teeth, so x-rays are often taken before the procedure is done to check for problems.