Everybody wants a perfect smile! If you’re displeased with the shade of your teeth, you can have them whitened. If your teeth are crooked, you can get braces. But what do you do if your teeth are oddly shaped, or have small chips in them? It’s called tooth contouring!
What is tooth contouring?
Tooth contouring is an easy procedure that is used to adjust the shape of a person’s teeth. Your dentist will take some x-rays to see where the pulp is, and then go to work with either a laser or a drill. Misshapen areas will be trimmed, teeth that are too long or badly shaped will be adjusted, then everything is smoothed out and polished. It can cost anywhere from $50-300 per tooth, and may only require one, 30 minute dentist appointment. And if the defects were caused by an injury or accident, it’s possible that your insurance will cover some of the cost!
Another possible component of contouring is bonding. This is when resin is applied to the tooth in order to fill in any chips or gaps, to add shape, or to improve the color. The tooth is etched so that the resin adheres properly. Your dentist may use a special conditioning liquid that helps the resin stick better, and then a light is shined on the resin to cure it. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour
What are the benefits of tooth contouring?
Although it’s a cosmetic procedure, there are some dental health benefits from having your teeth contoured, chief among them being the cost. Contouring is much cheaper than braces! In some cases, contouring may eliminate the need for braces since it makes teeth look straighter and removes any overlaps. Another perk of contouring is that it’s painless. Since all that is being removed is enamel, there’s typically no pain, which means no anesthesia is necessary! Tooth contouring also removes places where teeth overlap and other slight imperfections that ordinarily allow for plaque buildup, which lowers the risk for gum disease and tooth decay.
Are there any cons to contouring?
The biggest risk with contouring is weakened teeth. Since enamel has been removed, reshaped teeth have higher chances to chip or stain. It’s recommended that you don’t chew on fingernails or pens, eat hard food, or open packages with your teeth in order to preserve your repairs.
If you’re interested in having your teeth contoured, make an appointment with Dr. Chauvin’s office today!b