Dental Professionals

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Lincoln Park

Dr. Michael M. Bukumira – Est. 1987

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping

Tooth Contouring & Reshaping Lincoln Park, Lakeview & ChicagoHow many times have you examined your teeth in a mirror or a photograph, or even asked somebody else what they thought of your smile? Is the crooked tooth that noticeable? Does that one canine look as pointy as you think it does? A beautiful smile is something that everyone wants to have, as it unquestionably adds to your appearance. The whole world sees it on you every day. It isn’t easy to hide. There is no makeup for crooked teeth, and covering up your mouth every time you laugh manages to take some of the fun out of it, doesn’t it?

If you suffer from crooked, misaligned, chipped, dull or overly pointy teeth, tooth contouring and reshaping might be the perfect solution. It is a minimally invasive, relatively painless procedure, where the benefits far outweigh the small task of getting it done.

What Tooth Contouring & Reshaping Can Do

Tooth contouring can fix and reshape edges that are a bit too flat, too round, or sharp. Uneven ridges and chips can be easily shaved down and smoothed out using a small drill. The drill files off enamel, the smooth, durable overlay on our teeth which does not house any nerves and protects against cavities. While a patient would likely feel some minor vibrations along their teeth during the procedure, it is usually painless and does not require even a local anesthetic.

Amidst necessary dental work done to improve or maintain oral health, tooth contouring and reshaping is more of a cosmetic procedure. However, it can help prevent issues like gum disease as well. Come in for a consultation and learn whether tooth contouring might be a good defensive measure for you.

Can You Get Your Teeth Reshaped?

Tooth contouring is a cosmetic dentistry procedure used for reshaping teeth. The official name is “enameloplasty,” but it’s often called filing, sanding, reshaping or shaving teeth. Tooth contouring is used to help the teeth take a proper shape, so they look better and fit more naturally in your mouth. It’s designed to eliminate smaller imperfections or blemishes. Only small amounts of enamel are removed from the tooth during the procedure and it’s often done along with dental implants to improve the natural appearance of the teeth.

Does Tooth Reshaping Hurt?

As a dentist serving Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and Chicago, we are able to reshape a tooth without any pain. Patients at Dental Professionals of Lincoln Park do not need anesthetic during the procedure because tooth contouring only affects a small amount of the surface enamel on a tooth.

Advantages of Tooth Contouring

Reshaping teeth is a purely cosmetic procedure designed to change the appearance of the teeth, but it can also improve more than just that. By removing small overlaps and other simple imperfections, plaque and tartar won’t build up and your risk of developing gum disease and decay is reduced. In some cases, it can be a substitute for braces because it can make teeth look straighter.

Find Out More

Tooth contouring and reshaping may or may not be right for everyone. If reshaping your teeth would misalign your bite or cause an imbalance, you should not receive the treatment. However, the process can be used to actually fix a bite problem, as well. For example, if teeth are meeting each other unevenly when you close your jaw.
Tooth contouring and reshaping is modern dentistry at its best. Whether you are suffering from a less than flattering overlap, or an overly prominent canine, reviving your smile with tooth contouring can alleviate these problems. Contact Dental Professionals of Lincoln Park for more information to find out if this procedure is right for you.


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