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Get a Smoother Smile with Dental Recontouring

Written by Tooth Fairy | Oct 26, 2017 1:13:11 PM

Are you self-conscious about a minor overlap in your teeth? Do you need to repair a small chip or crack? Have you considered dental recontouring?

Dental recontouring is ideal for patients who would like to improve their smiles without surgery or lengthy procedures. 

Benefits of Recontouring

When is recontouring the right option for you? Gentle reshaping can yield the following benefits:

1. Correct cracks and chips

Keep in mind that this can only be used if the damage is superficial and does not affect the dentin or other structures below the enamel.

2. Eliminate minor overlap

Are you self conscious about overlapping teeth? Many people are… especially if these teeth are highly visible at the front of the mouth.

In severe cases of overlap, your dentist may recommend orthodonture like Invisalign. However, if the overlap is minor, a simple recontouring procedure may be enough to produce the desired results. 

3. Adjust tooth length

If you’re self-conscious about a tooth that is too long or too pointy, recontouring can be a simple way to achieve the smoother, more streamlined smile you want.

Inconsistent tooth length can also cause bite problems, and recontouring can also be used to fix a misaligned bite. This option is popular because it can be accomplished quickly – in one or just a few appointments – and does not necessitate orthodontic work. However, keep in mind that if you need more extensive bite work, your dentist may recommend another option like Invisalign.

4. Increase overall tooth health

Since recontouring smooths out imperfections in teeth and can eliminate overlaps, it also eliminates problematic depressions where plaque can build up.

What to expect at your recontouring appointment

Many patients choose recontouring because it provides noticeable results quickly. Recontouring can usually be accomplished in one appointment, and will take under an hour to complete.

Before starting the recontouring, your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth to determine the thickness of your enamel. During the recontouring process, they will reference these x-rays to make sure that they take away enough enamel to remove imperfections, while leaving enough to protect the underlying structures.

Are you worried about pain at your appointment? Since recontouring doesn’t affect structures below the enamel, anesthesia is usually not necessary. However, if you’re one of the 75% of American adults who suffer from some level of dental fear, ask your dentist about the sedation options available to you. Dental sedation is a way to help ease your fears of the dentist in a safe, comfortable environment. 

Is recontouring the right choice for me?

Recontouring is a great option for fixing minor imperfections.

However, it’s good to keep in mind that recontouring does not whiten teeth. Porcelain veneers are often a better choice for patients who want to achieve a smoother, brighter smile. In addition, your dentist may recommend a more comprehensive straightening solution if your teeth are significantly overlapped or crooked.

The smile of your dreams is within reach. At Boger Dental, we offer comfortable and convenient cosmetic dentistry, typically involving only two to three office visits. Our team will tailor a plan to your unique needs and help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Schedule an appointment today to find the plan that’s right for you.