Cosmetic contouring is a dental procedure that is performed to improve the appearance of worn, damaged, or irregularly shaped teeth. It involves the removal of a minimal quantity of the tooth's enamel to correct the appearance of its shape, length, or surface. Tooth contouring and reshaping can help fix a wide range of dental issues such as chipped, cracked, or crooked teeth.
During the Cosmetic Contouring process, the worn-out edges or chips from the teeth are removed. The teeth are slightly reshaped to make them appear more attractive. Even minor alterations can make a significant overall difference to the teeth and consequently help improve a person's self-confidence.
How Is Contouring and Reshaping of the teeth performed?
After an initial exam is done to decide if the patient is an ideal candidate for the procedure, the dentist will take X-rays to determine the tooth's pulp's size and location. If the teeth are healthy enough and meet the conditions necessary for the procedure, the dentist will start the treatment. Tooth contouring and reshaping can take as little as 30 minutes, depending on the amount of work required. The teeth that need to be sculptured are marked with a pencil or pen to highlight them. As the enamel is mainly composed of minerals, and there are no underlying blood vessels or nerves present in it, there is no sensation in this layer. As a result, no pain medications or numbing agents will be necessary. The dentist makes use of several tools, such as a sanding drill with a laser, to slowly remove small amounts of the tooth's surface enamel. The fractured or chipped teeth are smoothed out, and precise edges are rounded or squared. To shape and smooth the sides of the teeth, abrasive strips are used between them. The dentist will smooth and polish the teeth after checking the bite for proper alignment. The patient will have a more uniform appearance and less crowded teeth at the end of the procedure. The patient can maintain the effects of the treatment by brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and going for regular dental checkups.
What are the benefits of Cosmetic Contouring?
Cosmetic Contouring helps cover minor flaws and imperfections where the accumulation of tartar has created minor flaws in the teeth. This process helps lower the risk of developing gum disease or decay.
- It is a painless way to change a tooth's look as only the surface enamel is removed.
- It offers a quick fix, especially when a person has experienced sudden trauma.
- No anesthesia is required.
- It is a comparatively less expensive cosmetic procedure.
- The cosmetic contouring procedure can be completed in a single visit to the dentist.
- In some conditions, it can be a smart alternative to uncomfortable braces.
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