The Tooth Reshaping Procedure
Dr. Peter Hellwig proudly helps patients throughout San Diego achieve healthier and more beautiful smiles. At his practice, he offers various cosmetic dentistry treatments to perform total smile makeovers, which can address multiple aesthetic flaws that patients face. Among these cosmetic treatments is a process known as tooth reshaping, which might be the best solution for minor yet noticeable dental flaws.
About Tooth Reshaping
Also known as dental contouring, tooth reshaping is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves the careful removal of tooth enamel. By doing this, a patient's tooth can be reshaped, improving its length, size, and overall fit/alignment in a smile.
Ideal Candidates for Tooth Reshaping
The best candidates for tooth reshaping are people who have teeth that are misshapen or poorly aligned, affecting the overall aesthetics of the smile. They should be in otherwise good dental health and have teeth that are strong and healthy. Tooth reshaping is a cosmetic procedure, so any serious issues with tooth alignment that impact dental health and wellness need to be addressed through restorative or orthodontic therapy.
Common Methods of Tooth Reshaping
The most common method of tooth reshaping involves the use of a special dental drill or hard-tissue dental laser. These are used to carefully remove part of the enamel layer of the tooth and alter the tooth's shape in the process. Abrasive strips may also be used to help smooth out the tooth structure and tooth surface in order to achieve ideal results.
The exact treatment plan for you and your needs will be determined and discussed during the consultation process.
What to Expect During the Tooth Reshaping Procedure
During tooth reshaping, patients may be given a local anesthetic to prevent any potential discomfort. In general, the procedure is free from pain and major discomfort. Your dentist will work conservatively and subtly, carefully removing tooth structure until the shape of the tooth is more ideal.
Sometimes the tooth reshaping can be completed in a single session, though multiple sessions may be required based on the needs of the patient and the number of teeth that are being contoured.
Alternatives to Tooth Reshaping
If tooth reshaping is not an ideal option for a patient, there are plenty of other dental care options to consider.
To reshape a tooth by adding structure to it rather than taking it away, dentists may consider the use of dental bonding or porcelain veneers. These options mask imperfections of the teeth and make smiles look perfect and pristine. It's not uncommon for dentists to combine the use of bonding and/or porcelain veneers with tooth reshaping.
For major dental misalignment, the ideal option may be orthodontic care of some kind. This will shift the position of the teeth and also enhance a patient's dental health in the process, leading to a more beautifully aligned smile and improved wellness.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Peter Hellwig
For more information about tooth reshaping and your many other options for advanced dental care and smile makeover treatment, it's important that you contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Hellwig and his entire team look forward to your visit and helping you achieve the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible.