Cosmetic Dentistry Methods to Change the Shape of Teeth

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When something seems off about the shape of your teeth, you can turn to cosmetic dentistry treatments to correct the issue. You may have a tooth that looks smaller or rounder than the surrounding teeth, and that could affect how the smile looks. This article talks about the different methods in cosmetic dentistry used to alter the shape of your teeth.

Transforming the shape of teeth

Dentists understand that symmetry is a crucial aspect of cosmetic dentistry. To ensure the teeth look aesthetically appealing, the shape of the teeth must be symmetrical. The following are options that can help to improve a tooth’s shape:

Dental crowns

A crown can change the appearance of a tooth dramatically. To place a dental crown, the dentist will remove the first layer of the tooth (enamel) to accommodate the new dental restoration. Impressions of the tooth will be taken to produce the crown, which could be from ceramic or porcelain material. Crowns are provided for cosmetics, beauty and protection. They are ideal for teeth that have been affected by decay or fracture.

Dental veneers

Veneers are the more conservative alternative to dental crowns. Instead of covering the entire tooth, veneers only cover the front portion of the tooth to transform its shape, size or color. They are mostly used for cosmetic purposes, although they could have restorative benefits on the side. They are rarely the preferred option for fixing decayed or broken teeth.

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain. First, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing a thin layer of the tooth enamel and take impressions of the tooth. The veneers will be produced in a dental lab using the impressions to be custom-fitted. Patients can opt for one veneer to fix a tooth or use multiple veneers to transform their smile completely. Dentists often suggest using at least six veneers on the front teeth to make the smile look more uniform.

Veneer placement usually requires two appointments, since the dental lab fabricates the veneers. While the veneers are being produced, the dentist will provide a temporary restoration over the prepared tooth to prevent sensitivity or pain.

Dental bonding

For quick dental fixes, dental bonding is often the way to go. Cosmetic dental bonding involves applying tooth-colored composite material to the teeth to change the shape or fill cavities. It is an excellent option for covering small gaps between teeth, repairing a chipped tooth or masking irregularities on the teeth’s surface. The process is quick and does not always require anesthesia. The entire procedure can take less than 30 minutes.

Tooth recontouring

With this procedure, the dentist can alter the tooth’s shape without adding any material. Excess enamel will be buffed off to make the tooth look symmetrical. The procedure is fast, painless and takes only a few minutes to smooth rough edges. Tooth contouring is good for teeth with excess bulk. If the procedure compromises the tooth’s structure, the dentist will recommend other options.

Final note

All the cosmetic dentistry options listed above have their benefits and drawbacks. To know which would work best for you, visit the dental office for a consultation.

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