Do you have an uneven smile? Having teeth that are chipped, cracked, or uneven is common in adults, but there's something you can do to fix it: tooth reshaping! Tooth reshaping is a common dental procedure that can completely transform the look of your smile.
Tooth reshaping is a procedure in which your dentist removes some of your tooth enamel from strategic locations to change the look of your teeth. The removal of the enamel can also be combined with dental bonding, and it eliminates minor imperfections while creating a new shape for your teeth.
Your dentist will use a sanding instrument to gently remove enamel from strategic places on your teeth, contouring the front and sides. This smooths the appearance of your teeth and removes small imperfections. If dental bonding is also required, your dentist will shape a type of dental resin onto your tooth to get the desired shape.
Some of the advantages of tooth reshaping are that it’s painless, it can save you from more intense cosmetic procedures such as braces, it’s far less expensive than other methods such as veneers, and it can contribute to the overall improvement of oral health.
There are a few disadvantages, however. Tooth reshaping can only be used for small, subtle changes, so if your teeth are really uneven, this procedure might not work for you. In addition, there’s a chance that your teeth will be more susceptible to damage as the enamel is removed.
If you have any questions about whether tooth reshaping is right for you, the best option is to ask your dentist. Give Richmond Dental a call at 802-434-3700 today to schedule an appointment or talk to a professional.