Are you unhappy with the shape of your teeth? Or maybe you just have that one tooth that you notice every time you look in the mirror, and your positively sure that everybody else notices it, too, every time you smile. On the other hand, perhaps you feel as though your teeth are too big. Or, again, maybe there is just that one odd tooth that stands out because it looks abnormally big for your mouth. You may think there is nothing you can do but there is, and it doesn’t have to be extreme. If you’re pulling your hair shouting, “My teeth are too big! What can I do?” try dental contouring.
What is Dental Contouring
Dental contouring, also referred to as tooth reshaping, involves removing a small amount of surface enamel to change the size, shape, or surface of your tooth or teeth. It is a minor, minimally invasive procedure that usually causes no pain, but if you are at all anxious about it a local anesthetic can be administered. Contouring is often the treatment of choice for minor imperfections on the surfaces of your teeth, or it can be used to correct:
- Slightly overlapping teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Teeth that are too long or too big
- Excessively pointed cuspids or “vampire” teeth
- Uneven or jagged teeth
Contouring can be performed as a single treatment or in combination with dental bonding. Dental bonding involves adding composite resin to the tooth to build-up, reshape, or cover imperfections on the tooth, while contouring removes the slightest amount of tooth structure. Contouring is an affordable, quick, and easy procedure that can make a big difference.