- by Dr. Ravneet Dhillon
- November 28, 2023
Teeth contouring also known as teeth reshaping, enameloplasty, and by other names is an incredibly quick, pain-free, and effective cosmetic dental treatment. Cosmetic tooth contouring can be used to fix minor dental problems related to aesthetics like chipping, cracked teeth, overlapping teeth, etc, by removing minor amounts of tooth enamel.
Most of the time, this procedure can be done from beginning to end in a single sitting. It may even be a more convenient option to braces when the imperfections are fairly minor. Sometimes these aesthetic imperfections also create functional issues. A procedure like pointy teeth contouring can provide better functional and cosmetic outcomes. Let us find out more about this truly transformative cosmetic process that can change your smile.
It is best to consult a professional dental specialist to understand whether cosmetic contouring of teeth is good for your dental issues, or some other treatment or another treatment in conjunction with contouring can be a better option.
This article aims to provide you with information regarding this procedure, its benefits, and the cases where it is most suitable.
Tooth contouring is basically reshaping the teeth, which is also called Odontoplasty, that can help treat cosmetic and functional issues such as uneven teeth, overlapping teeth, teeth with different heights and shapes, chipped teeth, crooked or misshapen teeth, etc. The process itself is quite simple, painless, and quick, and the results are long-lasting without any major maintenance.
Contouring of teeth is a cost-effective procedure too as there is no major intervention required, no prosthetics involved, and multiple visits are also not needed. Please don’t confuse it with shaving down teeth for veneers as this is a separate and complete cosmetic dental procedure used to reshape teeth.
You should consult your dentist regarding this. Only a qualified dentist can examine your teeth and decide whether you are fit for teeth reshaping or not. If your teeth are weak, the dentist may advise you to get other treatments like dental veneers.
Teeth contouring: Before and after expectations
First of all, you need to know if you are the right candidate for this procedure or not.
This simple cosmetic process is suitable for minor issues only like:
- A tooth that is a little misshapen
- A tooth or teeth longer than normal
- Small issues with tooth positioning
- Minor overlapping
- A small crack along the edge of the tooth
- A chip around or along the tooth edge
- Pointy/sharp teeth
For more serious dental issues, your dentist may suggest more invasive dental treatments.
Teeth Contouring: The process
The procedure will involve getting dental X-rays to evaluate bone structure, pulp, tooth condition, etc. Dental health is evaluated after which a small amount of tooth enamel is gently removed with a laser or a drill. There will be negligible discomfort during the process. There aren’t any lasting side effects or discomfort either.
This procedure is going to improve your aesthetics which is why only a trained specialist needs to perform this procedure, where the next step will be to reshape teeth, trim any needed area to correct alignment or bite, shorten a long tooth, etc. This is followed by tooth polishing. When done alone, tooth contouring takes 30 minutes on average and a single sitting suffices.
If tooth contouring is combined with teeth bonding to enhance the results, it may take more time. In many cases, dental bonding is paired with teeth contouring to achieve truly transformative results.
With teeth contouring, you can expect benefits like:
- Noticeable changes in a single appointment
- Pain-free treatment
- No lingering pain or soreness
- Permanent results without any maintenance
- Highly improved aesthetic with a minimally invasive process
- Boosts self-confidence
- It may be a better option than braces for correcting minor issues
- You can go back to normal routine and normal eating right away as there is no healing involved
- The process doesn’t require anesthesia because it doesn’t involve direct contact with nerves
Always ask your doctor for before and after teeth contouring pictures to be able to see how different problems are corrected and also the expertise of the dental specialist. This process can alter both the width and height of your teeth and can be used in conjunction with dental bonding or other procedures.
After tooth contouring
This is a low-maintenance process with permanent results where you don’t need any special steps or guidelines except for the ones needed for good dental health in general.
You should follow the tips given below to improve your dental health
- Avoid drinks and foods high in sugar.
- Be regular with dental appointments and check-ups.
- Eat a diet rich in calcium, protein, and fiber.
- You may have some sensitivity immediately after the procedure for which you can use a specific toothpaste while avoiding foods and drinks which are very hot or cold.
- Brush well but gently with a good toothbrush.
- Avoid biting on hard substances.
- Avoid teeth grinding.
Is teeth contouring a cosmetic process only or does it have a functional impact too?
Contouring does have a cosmetic function where very minor changes actually produce a great transformation and that too with minimum resources and a minimally invasive process. Considered mainly cosmetic, teeth reshaping or contouring is generally not included in insurance coverage. Teeth that are uneven and create minor bite issues can be reshaped to correct this functional problem. Even pointy teeth are both a cosmetic and a functional problem as they can injure the soft tissue.
Teeth contouring again solves it for functional and cosmetic benefits. Anyone who wishes to get a major transformation for both the look and feel of their teeth but without a major cosmetic dental procedure should consider this procedure. Talk to our dentists soon to know if you are the right candidate to benefit from this procedure.
Most dental clinics today offer services like tooth contouring, gum reshaping, dental bonding, etc. Although these are considered to be minor procedures, they have enormous cosmetic impact and even functional impacts. The teeth contouring cost should not be your only criteria when choosing a dentist for such procedures as you also need to take into account the expertise, experience, and other facilities.
The average cost of contouring teeth is between $50-$300 for each tooth depending on different variables like where you live, expertise of the dentist, type of incorrection, etc.
If you have any questions regarding this procedure, before and after shaving effects on teeth, or any other dental treatment, feel free to reach our experts at Morgan Hill Dentistry. We offer honest opinions and guidance along with expert services with a thorough evaluation.