Tooth reshaping is one of the dental cosmetic procedures dealing with subtle changes to the teeth. The dentist removes a small amount of enamel with a laser or a drill to change the length, shape, or surface of one or more teeth. It is the most convenient and cost-effective way to have uneven or poorly aligned teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, excessive pointy cuspids, or chips on the tooth fixed.
How it is performed
Dental X-ray can be taken before the procedure to make sure that the teeth are healthy. The dentist marks the teeth using a pen to highlight the area that needs sculpting. The dentist then shortens the excessively long teeth or trims the misshaped areas. Once the teeth have been contoured to your dentist’s satisfaction, the teeth are then smoothed and polished.
Combining bonding and reshaping help refill the chips and gaps between teeth, improve the tooth color and to add shape. Bonding is the application of resin that adheres to the teeth and hardens. Before resin application, the dentist etches the surface of the tooth with a Dremel-like tool to make the resin to adhere well. The dentist will numb the area because this is sensitive. The dentist then paints the teeth with a conditioning liquid that helps resin to stick to the teeth.
The reshaped or bonded teeth requires great aftercare to retain their attractive look. Reshaped and bonded teeth are at risk of chipping, and therefore you should avoid eating hard foods, biting pens, opening things with your teeth, and chewing fingernails. Brush your teeth twice in a day to keep them free from stains.
The pros and cons of tooth reshaping
- The procedure is completely painless because there are no nerves in the enamel. There is no discomfort expected during the procedure. Anesthesia isn’t needed.
- The procedure is inexpensive. It costs $50 to $300 per tooth.
- Removal of minor overlaps and other imperfections help prevent tooth decay and gum diseases.
- It is the possible alternative for braces
- If too much of enamel is removed, the tooth becomes sensitive and can even break.
Is tooth reshaping right for you?
Tooth reshaping is best for people who need tiny adjustments to improve the feel and look of their teeth. It is an ideal treatment for people with too pointy, a little crooked, and uneven tooth shape. The procedure is not recommendable for people with root canals, decaying teeth, and unhealthy gums.