Cosmetic Contouring Proves Small Changes Can Make A Big Difference in Your Smile
If you are looking for a cost-effective way to upgrade the appearance of your smile, consider cosmetic contouring. At our Fishers practice, Dr. David Taler can use this simple tooth reshaping technique to correct minor cosmetic imperfections such as chips, cracks, and misshapen or crooked teeth. Also called dental contouring, the process involves the removal of tiny amounts of enamel to alter the shape or size of a tooth. In certain cases, it can even be used as a substitute for orthodontics by making teeth look straighter and more evenly spaced. Cosmetic contouring is often combined with dental bonding and porcelain veneers to correct cosmetic flaws and create a dazzling impression. To find out if this treatment can make a difference in your smile, contact our friendly staff today.
About Tooth Contouring
Dental contouring is an extremely conservative approach to cosmetic dentistry. As a procedure that improves your appearance, it is typically reserved for the teeth that show when you smile—usually six upper and six lower teeth. If this is an appropriate treatment for you, Dr. Taler will carefully evaluate your teeth and mark the areas that would benefit from sculpting. He will then use sanding tools to gently change the length or shape (or the appearance of the alignment) of one or more teeth. The area is then smoothed and polished. Even subtle changes that are created by the reduction of a millimeter or less of enamel can produce a noticeable improvement.
This common procedure is a great option for patients that could benefit from minor aesthetic improvements. Used in combination with other treatment options, cosmetic contouring can make subtle changes to certain teeth while leaving larger issues to benefit from procedures like veneers and crowns. Good candidates for tooth contouring include patients with teeth that:
- Are too pointy
- Are too large compared to surrounding teeth
- Have shallow pits or grooves in the enamel
- Are slightly crooked or uneven
- Have small chips or worn edges
Dental contouring is not appropriate for patients with tooth decay, gum disease, or other issues that need to be addressed with general or restorative dentistry. Other conditions that could affect candidacy are thin enamel or extensive fillings. Dr. Taler will examine your teeth with x-rays prior to beginning any cosmetic shaping.
The main risk with cosmetic contouring is the removal of too much enamel. If too much is taken off, it could result in tooth sensitivity and an increased risk of breakage. An experienced dentist will perform a careful evaluation of the tooth ahead of time, with x-rays that show the position of the pulp, and work in a very measured and precise manner. There is also a risk that the flaw will reappear if the underlying problem is not addressed. These could include habits such as tooth grinding, nail biting, or repeatedly using the teeth to hold or open objects.
Patients who choose cosmetic contouring enjoy a variety of benefits. In addition to improving symmetry and balance, the procedure can also enhance your oral health. After reshaping, your teeth may be easier to clean, which reduces the risk of decay. In some cases, minor reshaping can also improve your bite and correct small functional issues. Other benefits include:
- Painless, instant results
- Avoiding the time and expense of major cosmetic dentistry
- Relatively low cost
- Great way to gain some improvement ahead of having more work done
- If the defect is due to trauma, insurance may cover it
We enjoy educating our patients on all the ways their smiles can look their best. Call us at (317) 849-1223 to find out more or schedule an appointment.