Cosmetic contouring is a type of cosmetic dentistry that reshapes and contours teeth to fix various aesthetic problems. This cosmetic procedure changes the shape, length, and/or position of the treated teeth to make them look more appealing. This procedure is offered at Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and General Dentistry in Austin to help make your smile more appealing.
Cosmetic contouring is accomplished by carefully sculpting the teeth with a laser or sanding drill. The tool carefully removes enamel to reshape the teeth. Our dentist also uses abrasive strips to shape and smooth the areas in between your teeth. The last step of the process is smoothing and polishing your teeth
Benefits of Cosmetic Contouring
There are many advantages to getting the cosmetic contouring procedure:
- Improves your appearance if you have visible problems like crooked, cracked, irregularly shaped or chipped teeth.
- Corrects teeth that overlap and may fix minor bite problems.
- Gives you an attractive smile.
Cosmetic Contouring Candidates
Cosmetic contouring is an appropriate type of cosmetic dentistry for most people whose teeth are normal and healthy. You can have this work done as long as you have enough bone between the teeth in question to support them.
Your cosmetic dentist at Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and General Dentistry will take X-rays to find the pulp of each tooth that needs reshaping to make sure the work is doable.
If you grind your teeth, cosmetic contouring evens them out, but you'll undo the work if you continue grinding them. Talk to us about getting a mouth guard to protect the work.
Cosmetic Contouring Frequently Asked Questions
Is cosmetic contouring painful?
Cosmetic contouring is painless and is usually done without any anesthetic.
How many times will I have to visit the dentist?
Cosmetic contouring is sometimes completed in just one visit, although it may take up to three sessions, depending on your personal situation. Your cosmetic dentist will evaluate you and tell you how long it will take to complete your personalized treatment plan.
Are there any drawbacks to cosmetic contouring?
Cosmetic contouring is a very safe and effective procedure. Removing too much enamel may weaken your teeth, so cosmetic contouring is either limited to minor changes or used along with bonding or veneers. Our dentist will customize your plan to make your teeth attractive while keeping them healthy.