Straightening Out Your Questions About Teeth Reshaping: 3 FAQs Answered

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The skills of cosmetic dentists are well-used across the country, as Americans spend about $2.75 billion each year on cosmetic dentistry, as estimated by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Despite this large number, you don't have to give away your life savings to have a cosmetic dental procedure. Teeth reshaping, also known as dental contouring, is an affordable option that makes small changes to improve your overall smile.

How Do I Know If I Need Tooth Reshaping?

This simple procedure is designed for people who want to improve the look or feel of their teeth and need small adjustments or minor repairs in order to do so. If you have a tooth that is slightly crooked, a little too pointy, or has one side that sticks out more than the other, teeth reshaping could be a great option. When cosmetic dentists use teeth reshaping to fix these issues, the changes are often very simple but can make a big difference.

What Happens During The Procedure?

Before starting the reshaping process, your dentist may take dental x-rays. Your teeth need to be healthy in order to withstand reshaping. If the x-rays show that you have decaying teeth, root canals, or unhealthy gums, your dentist may recommend that to hold off on reshaping until your teeth are in better shape. If your teeth are healthy, your dentist will use a pen to mark the areas on your teeth that need sculpting. The dentist will then use a sanding instrument to eliminate or minimize the imperfections on the surface of your teeth. To contour the sides of your teeth, your dentist may use sandpaper-like strips. Once they're well-sanded, your dentist will smooth and polish your teeth. Sometimes, your dentist may recommend combining a bonding procedure with teeth reshaping. Bonding can fill in chips and gaps between teeth, add shape, and improve tooth color. Ask your dentist if this additional step would be effective in improving your overall smile.

Are There Any Downsides?

As it is a more minor procedure performed by cosmetic dentists, there are not many downsides. There is a risk of tooth damage if too much enamel is removed during the procedure. Your teeth may be more sensitive after they've been reshaped, but if you are concerned about this you can consult your dentist. If you are expecting a major difference in the overall appearance of your teeth, you may be disappointed with only getting your teeth reshaped. The procedure will not dramatically change your smile or make your teeth whiter. If you're looking for a more noticeable change, you may want to ask about veneers, which cover the entire front surface of your teeth to give them an entirely new look.

The main responsibility of cosmetic dentists is to help your teeth look the best that they possibly can. If you think that teeth reshaping can improve your smile and boost your confidence, contact your cosmetic dentist today. 

Jeff Raschka