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TOOTH RESHAPING AND DENTAL CONTOURING

A less expensive way to help improve the appearance of your smile.

Pros and Cons of Reshaping and Contouring

Pros

  • Cost

    This is an inexpensive way to improve the look of your teeth. If the defect occurred due to trauma or an accident, your insurance may pick up some of the cost, says Harms.

  • Painless

    Because only surface enamel is removed in tooth reshaping and dental contouring, there’s generally no discomfort during the procedure and no anesthesia is required.

  • Improves Health of Teeth

    Removing minor overlaps and other imperfections where tartar and plaque can build up lowers your risk of decay and gum disease.

  • Possible Substitute for Braces

    In some situations, tooth reshaping and dental contouring can substitute for braces since they make teeth look a little straighter and eliminate minor overlapping.

Cons

  • Subtle Change

    Unlike some cosmetic dentistry treatments, tooth reshaping and dental contouring will not dramatically change the look of your smile or make your teeth look whiter. For a more noticeable smile makeover, you may want to go with veneers. Tooth reshaping and dental contouring only eliminate small imperfections, whereas veneers cover the entire front surface of the teeth, giving them a completely new look.

  • Risk of Tooth Damage

    Depending on how much enamel is removed during tooth reshaping and dental contouring, teeth can become sensitive afterwards. And if too much enamel is removed, you can be at risk for tooth breakage.