Your smile can be one of your most splendid features. After all, your pearly whites help you express your joy, laugh at particularly hilarious jokes, and pose for beautiful photos. Most people would love to have a more gorgeous grin. Usually, when you think of improving your smile, you might consider your tooth color or crookedness. These are important components, certainly, but there is one facet of this feature that often goes overlooked: tooth shape. The curvature of your teeth creates the structure of your smile and can have a significant impact on your appearance. Dr. Craig Armstrong and the rest of our Houston dental team are available to assist you with virtually any aspect of your smile’s appearance, which is why we offer teeth reshaping. In the following blog, we explain the basics of this treatment, including how and why we use it to give our patients even more winsome grins.
What is Teeth Reshaping?
This procedure involves exactly what you might imagine. Everyday Health explains: “tooth reshaping, also called dental contouring, is a cosmetic dentistry technique that removes small amounts of tooth enamel (the outer covering of the tooth) in order to change the shape, length, or surface of one or more teeth.” By gently sculpting your teeth, Dr. Armstrong and our team can make subtle changes with stunning results. As Everyday Health notes, “ ‘even a few millimeters of reduction in the right places can really improve the appearance of teeth.’”
Why Do We Use It?
We typically recommend teeth reshaping for patients who have cosmetic concerns such as:
- Small indents or chips in the enamel
- Minor crowding
- Overly large teeth
- Particularly long teeth
- Asymmetrical teeth
- Excess thickness
Dr. Armstrong and our team are delighted to offer teeth reshaping as a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure to instantly enhance our patients’ smiles.
Who is a Candidate?
Are you interested in teeth reshaping? Would you like to reduce or eliminate imperfections in your smile? You may be eligible for this treatment if you:
- Have healthy teeth, free from cavities or infections. Dr. Armstrong will most likely take advanced digital X-rays before planning your procedure to ensure that this is the case. Of course, if you do suffer from either of these conditions, we can also provide restorative treatments such as dental fillings.
- Do not suffer from gum disease. These types of infections could also interfere with teeth reshaping. Once again, we can assist you in treating these if necessary.
- Have sufficiently thick enamel. This is especially important since teeth reshaping involves removing small portions of the enamel.
Many of our patients are excellent candidates for this procedure. Dr. Armstrong can go over more qualifications for teeth reshaping at your initial consultation, during which he will examine your teeth, go over your records, discuss the treatment in more detail, and create a customized treatment plan for you.
How is Teeth Reshaping Performed?
Once Dr. Armstrong has designed your personalized treatment plan and digital X-rays, we will begin your procedure, which often takes just one appointment. As the National Centre for Aesthetic Facial and Oral Surgery explains, “the cosmetic dentist,” in this case Dr. Armstrong, “will mark your teeth with a pencil prior to performing the procedure.” This will ensure that you fully understand and agree with the sculpting plan, as well as guiding Dr. Armstrong’s steady hand during treatment. Next, Dr. Armstrong will use gentle but advanced tools to contour your teeth. Once we’ve modified your teeth according to your preferences, we will polish them for a beautiful shine. As the National Centre for Aesthetic Facial and Oral Surgery notes, “usually anesthetic is not needed,” given how minimally invasive this procedure is.
Teeth reshaping also complements other cosmetic treatments quite well. For example, we often suggest pairing it with porcelain veneers, which can help give your mouth a more ideal shape, as well as rapidly whitening and straightening your teeth. Teeth whitening may also be an excellent choice to brighten your newly reshaped smile.
Contact Our Houston Dental Practice Today
Are you ready to reshape your teeth? Would you like to learn more about this or our other cosmetic treatments? Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Armstrong!