What is Tooth Contouring and Reshaping?

By James B Lemmons D.D.S.
September 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Would you like your Greensboro dentist to fix your smile?cosmetic dentistry

It's understandable that your smile is important for first impressions, especially for job interviews, dates, or weddings. This is why Dr. James Lemmons offers tooth contouring and reshaping to his patients. Contouring and reshaping your teeth are simple, cosmetic procedures that will save you plenty of time and money, and can give you a more confident smile.

Who needs tooth contouring and reshaping?

Your Greensboro dentist needs to first examine your teeth and then assess if these two procedures are right for you. Here are some examples of teeth that may need contouring and/or reshaping:

  • crooked
  • chipped
  • cracked or fractured
  • overlapping or crowded teeth
  • pits and/or grooves in enamel

The process of resurfacing your teeth

The doctor, as mentioned above, will assess your teeth by scanning each tooth visually and then by using an x-ray. If any serious problems need to be fixed, like tooth decays, he will address those issues first. The next step involves removing some enamel, which will straighten your teeth. He will then smoothen out and polish the resurfaced teeth, which should give you the smile you want.

If need be, the dentist may use dental bonding and veneers to cover the imperfections he finds.

Taking care of your teeth

If you have problems with bruxism (grinding teeth), then you may damage your teeth after having them fixed at the dentist's office. So make sure you get a mouth guard to wear at night or discuss another treatment plan with your dentist that is better suited for you.

Also, having a healthy oral regimen is of the utmost importance. When brushing your teeth, make sure to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and brush for a whole two minutes. This should be done twice a day, at least, in addition to flossing before bed.

If you have any questions or concerns about tooth contouring and reshaping, then call Dr. Lemmons at his Greensboro, NC, office at (336) 292-9290.

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