Improve Your Smile With Tooth Reshaping

The dental procedure known as tooth reshaping or contouring is mostly a conventional and inexpensive one, but it goes a long way toward improving the overall aesthetics of a smile. Tooth reshaping could well be suitable for you if your smile has a little defect that you want to get fixed. Reshaping is a type of cosmetic dentistry that is used to alter the teeth in a subtle way to improve a patient's confidence and appearance. With the procedure, a small amount of enamel is removed from one or more teeth to alter their length, shape, and surface appearance. Very often, reshaping is used in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry work such as bonding to reshape and re-contour the teeth.   

What Does the Procedure Entail?

  • Different dental instruments and abrasion methods are used for reshaping teeth.
  • It is likely that x-rays will be needed to ascertain the health of the teeth before the procedure starts.
  • The dentist will then define the area that needs to be sculpted and re-contoured.
  • Surface imperfections are removed or reduced from the teeth's surface with a sanding device.
  • The sides of the teeth may be contoured using strips of sandpaper-type material.
  • As a final touch, the dentist will polish the teeth so that their original shine is restored.

Afterwards, no one will know you have had any dental work done except you and the dentist who treated you.    

Benefits of Having Teeth Reshaped

  1. The procedure is inexpensive.
  2. Treatment is not invasive and there is no discomfort or pain.
  3. It improves dental health in several respects.
  4. Tooth reshaping can possibly be used in place of other orthodontic treatments such as braces.  

Are You a Suitable Candidate for Tooth Reshaping?

The process of tooth reshaping and re-contouring is more suitable for those who only need small changes to improve the aesthetics of their teeth. The procedure is not suitable for those who have tooth decay, root canal treatment, or whose gums are in an unhealthy state. Very often, reshaping and re-contouring procedures are undertaken as a prerequisite or first step before more detailed procedures are carried out on the teeth. For example, dentistry work such as porcelain crowns, veneers, tooth lengthening, and tooth whitening may be undertaken many months or perhaps years after teeth have been reshaped. 


If or when you are looking for a solution that isn't as costly or doesn't require the same investment of time as more extensive cosmetic dentistry, then reshaping and contouring can be a great substitute for improving your teeth and smile. It is also a procedure that can make it easier for you to maintain oral hygiene and leave you feeling more self-confident. In any case, you should continue to visit your dentist for regular check-ups and to have your teeth professionally cleaned if you want your smile to remain healthy for life.   

For more information, contact John P Poovey DMD PC or a similar dental professional.