18+ Pros and Cons of Tooth Contouring and Reshaping (Explained)

   Tooth Reshaping and Contouring is basically a dentistry technique used to take off the enamel present on the surface layer of our teeth. In this way the shape and/or the length and/or the surface of your teeth can be altered. The technique has often been used with a cosmetic dentistry technique called “Bonding”, which uses a composite material which is tooth-coloured, to shape and carve your teeth.

Tooth Reshaping uses abrasion techniques. Post a dental X-Ray, the target areas are highlighted and finally a sanding instrument is utilised to artfully remove or lessen the imperfections. 

Benefits of Tooth Contouring and ReshapingDrawbacks of Tooth Contouring and Reshaping
It can be quite a cheap process for you to undergoTooth Contouring and Reshaping can only bring about very subtle changes
It is basically painless and does not require any anesthesiaYou always run the risk of tooth damage with Tooth Contouring and Reshaping
Tooth Contouring and Reshaping can actually improve the health of your teethThere is a big chance it might not be the permanent solution you were hoping for
The process can act as a potential substitute for bracesIt only works on the surface
It is a very easy process to undergo and requires very little time
Tooth Contouring and Reshaping has a host of Post Procedure Benefits
By giving your teeth the shape you want it rapidly boosts your confidence
Tooth Contouring and Reshaping can effectively reduce your need for Orthodontic Treatments

Advantages of Tooth Contouring and Reshaping

  • Cost-effective :

   Tooth contouring and reshaping can actually be quite an inexpensive process. Generally the cost of a single tooth can go up to a maximum of 300$(US), depending on how much work is required to be done to your dentures. In case the defect(s) was caused by an accident, your insurance could foot a part of the bill. 

  • Painless :

  A main reason for people trying to avoid doing dental work is the pain involved. Tooth contouring and reshaping only involves removal of the enamel present on the surface. This means that there is mild to often no discomfort felt by the patient when the procedure is being carried out. As a result, anesthesia is unnecessary for the procedure. 

  • Improves health of teeth :

   Tooth Contouring and reshaping can keep several dental problems at bay. The process basically removes the surface enamel off the teeth. So you can use it to eliminate any kind of minor overlaps along with any other imperfections. This prevents the buildup of plaque and tartar and thus also reduces the risk of gum diseases and/or tooth decay. 

  • Possible substitute for braces :

   Braces, despite being very effective, can also be very annoying to keep on. Tooth Contouring and Dental Reshaping holds the ability to make your teeth look a little bit straighter. By chipping away at the surface enamel, the process can also remove minor overlapping. That allows it to act as a possible substitute for braces, in certain cases. 

  • Ease and Time :

   One of the main attractive factors of the process is the ease of undergoing it. It is a simple procedure that does not have any of the complex moves required for cosmetic dentistry. In fact it does not even require anesthesia to be carried out. Owing to it’s simplicity, the process needs very little time to be carried out. 

  • Post Procedure Benefits :

   Unlike veneers or the complex processes requiring anesthesia, in cosmetic dentistry, Tooth Contouring and Reshaping does not require any kind of a healing process and/or Time. The moment you walk out of your dentist’s office, your teeth can be immediately considered to be normal. You will find it much easier to clean your teeth, with them smoothened out. 

  • Confidence :

   Being conscious of how you look can severely hamper your confidence. So when a person is extremely self-conscious about the way their dentures look or the braces they wear, their confidence can take a serious hit. Tooth Reshaping and Contouring can give your teeth a shape, you feel comfortable in and in some cases be the alternative for braces. 

  • Orthodontic Treatment :

   Undergoing Tooth Reshaping and Contouring can help you reduce the number of times you need to go and visit your orthodontist. The procedure is perfectly capable on it’s own to remove small imperfections and impurities from your teeth making them better. So that lessens your requirement for regular orthodontic treatments by a large margin. 

Disadvantages of Tooth Contouring and Reshaping

  • Subtle change

   Tooth Contouring and Dental Reshaping can actually only bring about only subtle changes in the look of your teeth. There will be no dramatic change in how white your teeth are or how your smile looks. The process only holds the ability to remove minor imperfections and for more noticeable changes, you might need to opt for cosmetic dentistry. 

  • Risk of tooth damage :

    Enamel is basically the building blocks of teeth. So if we lose too much of it, teeth can become extremely sensitive and lessen in structural integrity. This is a possibility in the process of Tooth Contouring and Dental Reshaping, as it functions by taking off surface enamel. Removing too much enamel can actually leave you vulnerable to tooth breakage. 

  • Temporary Solution :

  Tooth Reshaping and Contouring could be just a temporary solution. Since the procedure only affects the surface layer, can only change the shape of your teeth it can just be your “quick fix” and unfortunately has every chance of landing you back in the dentist’s chair in a few months. 

  • Only on the surface :

   Unfortunately, Tooth Contouring and Dental Reshaping is a severely limited process in the sense that all of it’s effects are only on the surface of the teeth. So if there are any deep-rooted problems in your dentures, the process will only make it ‘look’ like everything is fine instead of actually fixing the problem. 

   So in conclusion we can see that Tooth Contouring and Reshaping is a dental process which you can use to change the way your teeth look, in a subtle manner. It can build your confidence a bit and it’s easy and cheap. But, it’s not exactly a very permanent fix. So always research and consult your dentist about what to do and maintain a good dental hygiene. 

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