By removing a tiny amount of enamel from one or more of your teeth, Dr. Vlachakis can change the shape of your teeth and correct minor cosmetic flaws such as small chips or cracks. Tooth contouring is a quick, affordable, and non-invasive procedure that typically requires little anesthetic, if any.
What Is Tooth Contouring?
Before your procedure, Dr. Vlachakis will carefully examine your teeth and mark the areas that you wish to reduce. Then she will use a small polishing or sanding instrument to reshape your teeth. Although she typically will remove no more than a few millimeters of your tooth structure, these minor adjustments can have tremendous benefits for your smile. When the contouring process is complete, she will polish your enamel and smooth the new edges of your teeth. She may also perform dental bonding to further enhance the results of your treatment. Without bonding, the process typically takes between 30 minutes and an hour to complete.
Benefits of Tooth Contouring
Tooth contouring can correct a number of cosmetic issues, including:
- Reducing proportionately large teeth
- Smoothing chips and cracks in the surface of your teeth
- Leveling out sharp or pointed teeth
In addition to the cosmetic advantages, tooth contouring can also have benefits for your dental health. This treatment can make it easier to access your teeth and maintain more complete dental hygiene. In some cases, Dr. Vlachakis can also use contouring to make small adjustments in your bite, helping to correct conditions such as malocclusion and bruxism.
Because this type of dental work involves the removal of your dental enamel, you may not be a candidate for contouring if you have suffered dental erosion. Additionally, if you have decay, shifting teeth, gum disease, or other underlying dental health conditions, contouring may not be the right choice for your smile. At your initial consultation, Dr. Vlachakis will closely examine the structure of your teeth to determine if contouring is the right treatment for you.
Ask Dr. Vlachakis About Tooth Contouring
Find out if tooth contouring is your ideal option by speaking with Dr. Vlachakis during your next visit. To make an appointment, call Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry today at (281) 974-4494. Located in Memorial City Plaza, we proudly serve the residents of Houston, Memorial City, Bunker Hill, West Beltway, City Center, Hedwig Village, and all surrounding communities.