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Contouring and Reshaping Teeth

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Misaligned or uneven teeth aren't just a cosmetic issue. If left on their own, misaligned teeth can cause various dental issues in the long run. Therefore, it may be a good idea to think about getting cosmetic contouring if you aren't happy with the size or shape of your teeth. Not only will it improve the appearance of your smile, but it may also prevent some dental issues in the future.

What Happens During Cosmetic Contouring?

If you opt to have your teeth contoured or reshaped, the first step of the process would involve having a cosmetic dentist examine your teeth. They will diagnose any issues you may have and determine if you need cosmetic contouring. Whether your goal is to correct a bite problem or just enhance your smile, the dentist will guide you accordingly.

In most cases, tooth contouring involves removing a bit of the enamel – the tooth's hard outer layer. More often than not, this is enough to get the desired results. Since there are no nerves or tissues in the enamel, you will not need any anesthesia or sedation for this procedure. However, if you need a more complex procedure to achieve the required results, your dentist will properly discuss it beforehand.

The procedure takes about one hour for each tooth. You may feel slight vibrations as your tooth is being sculpted and polished, but you likely won't feel any pain during the procedure. You may have some slight sensitivity towards hot or cold foods after the procedure. However, this shouldn't last more than a day or two. If it does, talk to your dentist about it.

As you get up from the dental chair and look at yourself in the mirror, you will see a visible difference in the appearance of your teeth and your smile.

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