Tooth shaping is a procedure often carried out by Dr. Harry Albers for many of his patients in the Santa Rosa area who are in need of a quick—but lasting—fix for imperfections that tend to get noticed quite easily or are starting to affect the overall aesthetic of the mouth. If a tooth becomes chipped, or if the edges become worn out, or if the enamel starts to develop pits and grooves that become increasingly obvious over time, it will definitely take away from the attractive smile that patients work hard for. And this is when tooth shaping or contouring has come in handy.
Tooth shaping is concerned mainly with changing the size and shape of the tooth so that its appearance can be effectively restored after being damaged or has become misaligned because of improper proportions. It is most commonly performed on the canines, the upper central teeth, and the lateral teeth. During the procedure, the teeth are generally smoothed out and this inadvertently gives the added advantage of easier cleaning, thus preventing cavities and gingival diseases. Additionally, tooth shaping has been shown to be effective in helping to correct some minor bite issues. Smoother teeth are also less likely to chip when eating.
During the initial consultation, the dentist examines the patient’s teeth to accurately determine the problems that need to be addressed by the tooth shaping process. Typically, dental x-rays are made to ensure that the affected teeth will be able to withstand the removal of a small portion of the enamel. Using specialized tools, the dentist will begin to pare off small portions of the patient’s tooth surface and gradually reshape it to a more pleasing form. When the desired outcome has been reached, the edged of the tooth will be smoothed out and polished. The changes are immediately noticeable and the differences are remarkable. The entire procedure usually takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete, but may vary depending on the extent of work to be done.
After the procedure, the patient’s teeth become more symmetrical in size and shape. They will also appear to be more evenly spaced in the mouth and not so crowded. Surface imperfections will be gone and the patient can confidently flaunt their new smile.