One of the easiest ways to make minor changes in the appearance of your teeth is using cosmetic tooth contouring or tooth reshaping. This is a procedure that removes very small amounts of tooth structure to make your teeth more attractive.
One common use of tooth contouring is to repair a chipped tooth. While a large chip may require dental bonding, a porcelain crown, or a porcelain veneer to repair, a small chip can easily be smoothed. Without the offending chip, your smile will look renewed. The procedure will also help keep the chip from getting worse.
This procedure can also help reduce small overlaps in teeth or reshape teeth that are not esthetically pleasing. Pointy teeth can appear more rounded and unflattering angles can be smoothed out. Scottsdale cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox can also use this procedure to correct small problems with your bite.
It is important to remember that cosmetic tooth contouring and reshaping is a conservative approach to achieving a more attractive smile. Only small amounts of tooth enamel can be removed in order to avoid sensitivity and maintain the structure and strength of the tooth. This limits the procedure to minor changes only.
For more extensive cosmetic improvement, Dr. Wilcox offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry options including bleaching, porcelain veneers, Lumineers, cosmetic bonding, and dental crowns.