February 3, 2010

Enamel Reshaping 101

Enamel reshaping is a type of dental work that is used to change the shape of your teeth. This can change the length, width, or surface contour of a tooth. The process may be used for either structural or cosmetic reasons.

In some cases, the purpose of reshaping is to make teeth look better. For instance, your dentist may correct teeth that are out of balance or that don’t look perfect. Teeth that are a bit crowded, too long, or not even can be changed in this way. Your dentist may also fix a small chip, smooth a flaw, or polish a rough area that irritates your cheek or tongue.

How is Enamel Reshaping Done?

Reshaping, also known as recontouring, may be done along with bonding, a process in which material is added to a tooth. In contrast, enamel reshaping involves removing some of the tooth, so it requires more caution.

To do this work, a dentist takes off a tiny amount of tooth enamel with tools that are like the ones a dental hygienist uses to polish teeth. In most cases, you will not need an anesthetic for this. The work is most often quick and pain free.

Some patients may have mild tooth sensitivity after this type of work, but it usually goes away in a short time.

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