- by Dr. Ravneet Dhillon
- November 25, 2023
Tooth reshaping is a process that can transform the appearance of your smile. A better-looking smile can enhance your confidence and make you feel better about yourself. There is nothing more attractive than a smile that lights up a room.
Almost everyone knows that getting braces is one way to improve your smile. However, not many know that teeth contouring or teeth reshaping is a more affordable cosmetic alternative. Even though this is an option, it is not meant for everyone. In this article, you will find out everything about teeth reshaping.
Here is everything you need to know about reshaping teeth, including eligibility, disadvantages, process, cost, and aftercare.
Tooth Reshaping: Here’s what it means
Tooth reshaping or odontoplasty is an affordable cosmetic procedure that is used to fix chipped, misaligned, uneven, or cracked teeth. This process is convenient, swift, and painless. In this process, part of your tooth enamel is removed and the concerned tooth is shaped. To get the best shape and the desired size, the dentist may use tooth-bonding resin.
Teeth reshaping is a process that may be right for you if you have some minor imperfections that don’t need major dental work. Now, are you the right candidate for teeth reshaping?
Who is the right candidate for reshaping teeth?
You should remember that teeth reshaping is not for everyone. If you have major imperfections in your teeth, your dentist may suggest other dental treatments based on your specific dental problems.
You should have healthy teeth and gums if you want to get tooth reshaping done. If your teeth are not in good condition, your dentist may not agree to reshape your teeth. If your teeth are decayed or infected, you will not be considered fit for teeth reshaping.
Teeth reshaping – Know the disadvantages
Some may feel that tooth reshaping is too little work done with very subtle changes. However, reshaping each tooth may cost between $50- $300. The cost of the treatment certainly depends on the work done and the extent of damage to the teeth. Even though the changes are subtle, the results are transformative.
One of the disadvantages of tooth reshaping is that this is a cosmetic process so the costs may not be covered by your insurance. Insurance may cover some costs if the reshaping is being done to address damage caused by an accident.
The most important thing is to find a skilled and experienced dentist to do the process. Removing too much enamel can be risky. If too much enamel is removed, you may experience issues like heat and cold sensitivity.
How does this work?
The process is pretty straightforward with no need for sedation or even a numbing agent. You don’t have to go through a healing process.
In the first step, X-rays will be taken after a dental exam. This is done to make an assessment of your teeth and gum health. Your dentist will check whether you have a strong enamel or not. If your enamel is weak, your dentist may not agree to perform this procedure and suggest other possible treatments like dental veneers.
Shaving down teeth for veneers might be a better thing in your case. Your dentist is the best judge. If you get veneers, just a little bit of your enamel is shaved off. Veneers are thin tooth-shaped chips made out of porcelain or composite resin that sit on top of your front teeth and give them an improved appearance.
If your dentist finds that your teeth are fit for reshaping, they will start removing part of your enamel with a sanding disc or fine diamond bur. This is one of the more crucial parts of the process because this is where their skill and experience allow them to correct imperfections.
Now, the dentist will reduce the length of longer teeth and give shape to uneven teeth. This step allows the dentist to correct your teeth alignment or bite alignment.
Most dentists use bonding along with reshaping to achieve perfect-looking results. Bonding is done to cover chips or fill gaps in between the teeth. Bonding, when done perfectly with reshaping, can give you a totally new and transformed smile.
The dentist will apply the bonding agent and then give it the right shape according to the surrounding teeth. This bond is colored to match your original teeth. Bonding adds an extra half an hour to one hour to the whole teeth reshaping process.
Note: You should know that bonding is an additional process and would add to your overall cost of teeth reshaping. With additional bonding, your treatment may cost between $300 and $600 per tooth.
Tooth reshaping aftercare tips
Whether you want teeth reshaping for big front teeth or anything else, you need to know how to maintain your newly shaped teeth. Teeth reshaping or re-contouring is permanent so it does not require you to make follow-up visits.
However, you need to know aftercare tips if you want to keep the enhanced look of your teeth for a long time. Maintaining oral hygiene can help you keep those pearly whites in top shape for a long time.
Here are a few things that you need to remember after getting your teeth reshaping treatment
- Try to cut down on sugary foods and drinks since too much sugar is harmful to your teeth and overall health
- Talk to your doctor about your diet and how you can add calcium to your everyday diet
- Make sure that you brush your teeth twice a day with a soft toothbrush
- Try to not grind or clench your teeth too much
- Quit smoking
- Reduce the intake of highly acidic foods or drinks
- Make sure that you visit your dentist for regular dental checkups
- Ask your dentist for specific dental care tips that are right for you
Teeth reshaping results – Before and after
You will be surprised to find the “Before and After” difference in the results of teeth shaping. People get their smiles transformed in just one sitting with the right dentist. While choosing the right dentist for teeth reshaping, make sure you ask them for before and after photographs of their customers.
A good-looking smile does wonders for your confidence. Similarly, dental problems like chipped, cracked, or uneven teeth can negatively impact your self-confidence. Many people stop smiling after they become conscious of their smile. If you have minor dental issues that can be corrected with teeth reshaping, why don’t you try it?
Many dental procedures are too costly and impractical but this one is pretty affordable and quick if you are fit for it. This is a great way to enhance the look of your smile.
You just need to ensure that teeth reshaping is right for you. Your dentist is the best person to guide you in this matter. Once you understand the process and everything else about it, you can go ahead.
If you are curious to find out more about teeth reshaping, you should contact us at Morgan Hill Dentistry. Our experienced dentists will be glad to help you achieve the perfect smile that you deserve.