Dental contouring also called cosmetic tooth recontouring is a procedure that can quickly improve the appearance of your teeth and give you an attractive smile.
It is recommended for people who have irregularly shaped teeth because they are crooked or cracked and chipped. In some cases, it can replace the need for braces when the teeth are overlapping.
We can modify your teeth by millimeters and lighten their color with no discomfort to you. We can change the position, length, and shape of your teeth.
Tooth recontouring is a conservative and safe way to improve your appearance. The only requirement is that you have healthy teeth. For example, any infection in the root or decay in the tooth would need to be treated first.
In a consultation with our cosmetic dentist, you can learn about the options for your teeth and explain your expectations. We can help you see the possible results through computer imaging.
If you have grooves and pits in your enamel and stained and broken teeth, cosmetic tooth recontouring may be your best option to undo years of damage.
Another benefit may be to improve your dental health by removing overlaps and crevices that are difficult to clean and where plaque and tartar can accumulate.
First, we will take x-rays to see the location and size of the pulp of each tooth, to make sure there is enough jawbone to support the teeth.
The dentist will mark each place that needs to be contoured, and the tooth is artfully sculpted gradually with a laser or sanding drill to remove small amounts of surface enamel.
Depending on the amount of damage, it may take one to three visits to complete the process. In some cases, bonding is combined with tooth recontouring.
There are several types of tooth recontouring, and they are often combined to get the best results. Tooth reshaping can round or square edges to give you a more masculine or feminine smile.
Veneers may be used in conjunction with reshaping especially if the teeth are severely discolored or misshapen. They are custom-made for your teeth and are glued directly to the tooth.
Bonding covers natural flaws. It is a thin coat of plastic on the front of your teeth. Our dentist applies the right color plastic material and then sculpts it for attractive results. When it looks right, a high-intensity light is focused on the plastic to harden it, and the surface is polished.
Tooth recontouring is a quick and conservative way to improve the appearance of your teeth. It can change the color, hide chips, and cracks and make your teeth look correctly aligned.
If your teeth are seriously misshapen, recontouring can be combined with veneers and bonding to achieve the desired results. Recontouring may not be the best solution for everyone, so it is worth having a consultation to see if it is suitable to improve your smile.
If you are in the Cabot, AR area, contact the office of Dr. Samuel F. Jirik today to get started.