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Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, is a very conservative and fairly inexpensive option to help improve the overall cosmetic appearance of your smile. If you have a

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Tooth Reshaping For A More Cosmetic Smile!

minor issue or defect in your smile that you want to fix, tooth reshaping could be for you. Tooth reshaping is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can make small subtle changes to your teeth that can give huge results to a patient’s appearance and self confidence. This technique removes small amounts of tooth enamel in order to change the shape, length, or surface of one tooth or multiple teeth. This procedure is often combined with dental bonding, another cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses tooth-colored composite material to re contour and shape the teeth.

Smile imperfections or problems like slightly overlapping or irregularly shaped teeth, tiny chips in the teeth, or excessively pointy cuspids, can often be fixed with a little tooth reshaping and dental contouring.

The Procedure of Tooth Reshaping

Tooth reshaping is completed utilizing dental instruments and abrasion techniques. X-rays may be needed before the reshaping and contouring begin to ensure that your teeth are otherwise in a healthy condition. Your cosmetic dentist will then highlight areas that need sculpting and re contouring. A sanding instrument is used to gently eliminate or minimize imperfections on the surface of the teeth. Sandpaper-like strips may be used to contour the sides of the teeth. Finally, the teeth are polished back to their original shine. Only you and your cosmetic dentist should know any work was done.

Advantages of Tooth Reshaping

-Minimal Cost. Tooth reshaping is inexpensive and a great way to improve the look of your teeth. Tooth reshaping can cost as little as $50-100 per tooth.

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Example of Before and After Tooth Reshaping

-Zero Pain or Discomfort. During tooth reshaping only surface enamel is removed so there is generally no pain or discomfort involved. No anesthesia is needed.

-Improves overall dental health. Removing minor overlaps and other imperfections where tartar and plaque can build up can lower your risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease. The teeth will be easier to keep clean when access is easier.

-Possible substitute for orthodontics (braces). In some cases, tooth reshaping and dental contouring can substitute for braces since they make edges of teeth look a little straighter and eliminate minor overlapping. The overall effect will not be as dramatic as a completed orthodontic case but it can give quite an esthetic improvement.

Disadvantages of Tooth Reshaping

-Minor changes. Unlike other cosmetic dentistry procedures, tooth reshaping and dental contouring will not dramatically alter the look of your smile or whiten your teeth. For a bigger change you may consider a true smile makeover, which can include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and porcelain crowns. Tooth reshaping and dental contouring can only remove small imperfections, whereas porcelain veneers cover the entire front surface of the teeth, giving them a completely new look, shape, and color.

-Possible risk of damage to teeth. Tooth sensitivity could be an issue depending on how much enamel is removed during the tooth reshaping. Also, if too much enamelHenderson Cosmetic Dentist Marielaina Perrone DDS is removed during tooth reshaping there can be an increased risk for fracture or breakage down the road.

Tooth Reshaping: Is It Right For You?

Tooth reshaping and dental contouring are best for people who require just minor changes or repairs to improve the cosmetic look of their teeth. However, dental reshaping and tooth contouring are not appropriate for people with decaying teeth, root canals, or unhealthy gums.

Many times tooth reshaping and dental contouring are the first steps toward more extensive cosmetic dentistry work. Procedures such as porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and crown lengthening can be completed months or even years after tooth reshaping.

If you want to avoid the time and expense of major cosmetic dentistry, tooth reshaping and dental contouring could be just the answer to a better smile. It is oftentimes  a great way to improve dental hygiene and give you a boost of self confidence. As always, see your dentist regularly for dental examinations and professional cleanings to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime!


White fillings are a dental restorative material used to restore function, integrity and morphology of missing tooth structure. The missing tooth structure can occur from cavities, external trauma, and also lost intentionally via preparation of the tooth by the dentist for the dental filling. The development of tooth colored or white fillings has provided the cosmetic dentist and patients with a far more cosmetic alternative to traditional metal fillings.

Because the white fillings can be blended and mixed, a skilled cosmetic dentist is able to precisely match the tooth color of the fillings with the natural color of your teeth. Thus, they are able to place fillings that are virtually undetectable. This means only you and your dentist will know you have these fillings. These fillings are commonly called composite resins after their ingredients. These resins are metal free and are composed of a variety of materials. The most popular ingredients include acrylic resin and powdered particles similar to glass.

Tooth colored white fillings are done in one visit, in a procedure much like that for metal amalgam fillings, except that a high intensity curing light is used to bond the composite material to the tooth. Most patients will select tooth-colored composite fillings when they have a new cavity. As the availability of white fillings has increased more and more patients are having their cavities filled with cosmetic tooth colored fillings.

Metal fillings do not bond with the tooth structure. They merely rested on it and provided a degree of protection but over time the margins will open causing bacteria to leak inside. This causes a new cavity to form. Decades of research has led us to know so much more about the interface Tooth Colored Fillingsbetween dentin and enamel. This has led scientists to discover new ways of bonding fillings to teeth to create a stronger, more sealed connection between filling and tooth and also to be more aesthetic.

Composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgams. Most dentists believe in being as conservative as possible. The more natural tooth structure we maintain, the better teeth you will likely have in the future.

Mild sensitivity is felt by some patients following the placement of composite resin fillings. This is usually temporary in nature and resolves on its own, usually in a few days. The only caution that is usually mentioned is that coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages may discolor your white fillings over time. These restorations have been shown to last an average of 7-10 years. It is vital to see your dentist regularly so they can be evaluated at every visit for possible breakdown of the material or further cavity formation.

Dental bonding can provide dramatic, aesthetic results in a very short period of time, usually in one appointment. With dental bonding, we can:

-Close gaps or spaces between teeth.

-Restore decayed teeth.

-Change the contours of small, misshapen teeth.

-Repair chipped or cracked teeth.

-Cosmetic tooth color fillings.

-Replace old metal amalgam fillings with a cosmetic alternative.

-To protect an exposed root surface following recession of bonding

Cosmetic dentists can shape and color a single tooth, or they can change your entire smile.