How Does Dental Contouring Work?

What Is Dental Contouring

As the name suggests, dental contouring is the process of reshaping teeth. Dental contouring is a purely cosmetic dental procedure and is done to help improve the symmetry of a smile. Contouring might be done to address various dental cosmetic problems like chipped, cracked, or crooked teeth. During the process small portions of the tooth enamel are removed to reshape or improve the surface or length of a tooth. Dental contouring might also be combined with other cosmetic dental services like dental bonding (which adds to teeth) or dental veneers which involves placing a new front to a tooth. In this article we will cover what to expect at a dental contouring treatment and what other treatment options might be available for you. If you live in southern Maine and are interested in dental contouring, please give us a call.

Am I The Right Candidate For Dental Contouring?

Dental contouring is a pretty simply cosmetic dental procedure. The best way to know whether or not it is right for you is to make an appointment with a cosmetic dentist. Since the process of dental contouring involves removing parts of the tooth, you need to have enough tooth to work with. Some dentists might recommend a dental x-ray to determine whether or not there is enough enamel to reshape the tooth without effect the tooth’s pulp. Asuming you have healthy teeth with sufficient enamel, dental contouring might be the right procedure for you. 

What Happens During Dental Contouring?

During the procedure your dentist will carefully reshape your tooth by removing small amounts of tooth enamel. This can change the shape and size of your tooth. The entire treatment can take around 30 minutes depending on how much work you need done. Sometimes contouring is combined with bonding or dental veneers which of course can make the procedure take longer. 

What Other Cosmetic Dental Procedures Are There?

We provide a variety of cosmetic procedures at our office in Lewiston Maine. One procedure we offer is called a Smile Makeover. Simply put, a smile makeover includes a consultation with our dentists where they create a tailored treatment plan combining a variety of procedures including contouring, whitening, bonding, and more to help you improve your smile.

Visit A Dentist in Lewiston Maine

If you are looking for cosmetic dental services, we can help. If you want to know more about dental contouring or a smile makeover, or just whitening, please give us a call.

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