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Do you have teeth that are long and protruding? Do you have teeth that are chipped or pitted? Do you have teeth that are irregularly shaped? If so, then ask your dentist about tooth contouring.

Tooth contouring is also known as dental contouring, tooth reshaping, odontoplasty, and enameloplasty. This procedure involves the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel in order to reshape a tooth. Your dentist removes the enamel by sanding it away. After the shape is altered, they will polish the tooth.

Tooth contouring does not require a local anesthetic and usually the only side effect is a few days of sensitivity. It is one of the simplest, quickest, cheapest, least invasive cosmetic dental procedures available.

There are, however, limitations to who can benefit from this procedure. If the soft, pulp tissue inside your teeth is too near to the surface, you may not be eligible for tooth reshaping. The same goes for those who have unhealthy gums or tooth decay. Additionally, tooth contouring is limited to minor cosmetic issues such as:

  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Chips
  • Slightly overlapping or crowded teeth
  • Pits and bulges
  • Long teeth
  • A minor bite problem

Major cosmetic issues may require more advanced solutions such as veneers or orthodontia. Speak with your dentist today about what tooth contouring can do for your smile.