Tooth Re-Shaping

Re-shaping or re-contouring the teeth is a procedure in which small amounts of tooth enamel are removed to change a tooth’s length, shape, or surface. The procedure is usually done to improve appearance by creating more harmony or balance in the look of the smile.

Re-shaping is the most conservative cosmetic treatment. It is a quick and painless procedure whose results can be seen immediately.

Who Should Consider Re-shaping?

Re-shaping is an effective method to correct minor imperfections, such as:

  1. Fixing small chips
  2. Smoothing out bulges or pits in a tooth’s enamel
  3. Adjusting slight irregular tooth shapes caused by too many or uneven teeth
  4. Adjusting the length of the canines (the pointed teeth on the side of your mouth).

Re-shaping can also improve overall dental health by removing crevices or overlaps between teeth in which plaque can accumulate. Re-shaping is not recommended if your teeth have substantial imperfections, such as a substantial chip or deep fracture. Re-shaping is not a substitute for veneers or composite bonding, however, it is often used in combination with these procedures.