Altering a Smile Profile via Dental Contouring
Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, is the process of removing small amounts of tooth enamel to alter the appearance, shape and function of a tooth. Tooth reshaping is also effective in resurfacing the tooth in the case of decay or damage from wear.
It’s an option for patients who wish to avoid the cost and pain of more invasive procedures. In most cases, tooth reshaping improves the health of the teeth, and eliminates issues that may cause damage or pain in the future.
In some cases, tooth reshaping may be an alternative to braces, as the process is effective at altering tooth protrusions and misshapen teeth.
The five groups of photos immediately below were reshaped and polished to reduce their damage during chewing and nighttime bruxism. Rough and chipped teeth will chip more during normal chewing, smooth teeth do not! You would not let you fingernails get this rough? And they grow back!
For the person below, she was told that to correct her smile, ten maxillary front teeth needed to be restored. Upon an extended interview we decided to simply reshape and slenderize her two front teeth, place porcelain veneers on her two lateral incisors to bring them forward and replaced the chipped upper bicuspid.