Recontouring tooth enamel is a safe and inexpensive way of reshaping irregular teeth.
Both the look and feel of individual teeth, and the appearance of the whole smile can be dramatically improved with this simple technique. Also termed enamel recontouring (as this procedure is restricted to the enamel layer of a tooth), it is often recommended for upper and lower front teeth to improve the uniformity and symmetry of the smile.
You may be a suitable candidate for tooth recontouring if your teeth feel rough, are slightly chipped, misshapen, uneven or out of proportion, have worn edges from teeth grinding, are too long or slightly overlapped.
The process of reshaping teeth involves slightly trimming, smoothing or polishing dental enamel to achieve minor adjustments in tooth shape and contour. Once ideal dimensions are achieved, a fluoride varnish is applied to reshaped tooth surfaces to protect and further harden newly polished enamel. This technique is minimally invasive as less than 1 mm of enamel is removed.
Tooth recontouring is undertaken in a slow and precise way to minimize the amount of enamel removed, with continual checking and rechecking of tooth shape and smile proportion throughout the procedure.
No Tooth Sensitivity
Reshaping teeth with enamel recontouring can usually be accomplished within one appointment and does not require local anaesthetic. It should not cause sensitivity. The removal of such small amounts of enamel does not harm the tooth over the long term or make it more vulnerable to tooth decay or further chipping (in fact, further chipping may be reduced as thin, weak unsupported enamel is filed away).
If a tooth has a larger chip or issue, which cannot be safely managed by recontouring, dental bonding may be a more appropriate treatment option to consider.