smiling womanEnamel reshaping repairs minor defects in teeth. The results of enamel contouring are subtle, but can fix problems related to the growth and alignment of teeth.

What is enamel reshaping?

Dentists can remold the enamel of your tooth that makes up the outer protective layer. Your dentist will use tools for teeth polishing and cleaning to remove small amounts of the enamel. Fine changes in the shape of your tooth’s enamel impact its appearance by creating a smoother surface.

What problems does reshaping fix?

Reshaping is an easy and inexpensive way to solve problems with:

  • Rough Surfaces
  • Misshapen Teeth
  • Misalignment
  • Chipping

Rough Surfaces

Reshaping rough enamel will reduce irritation in your mouth as well as improve the appearance of your teeth. Your dentist will level the surface of your tooth by removing excess enamel that doesn’t line up with the rest of the surface.

Misshapen Teeth

Teeth that don’t match the appearance of the rest can be changed subtly through recontouring. Reducing enamel on teeth that are too wide or tall will help them match the shape of surrounding teeth without major dental work.

Misalignment

Changing the shape of misaligned teeth can also make them appear straighter. Teeth that lean back or to the side take on a more natural shape when enamel is contoured to create the illusion of alignment.

Chipping

Chipped teeth can irritate the sensitive lining in your mouth. Your dentist can reshape the sharp edges of your teeth by manipulating your tooth’s enamel to create a smooth layer of protection.

Does enamel reshaping harm teeth?

Contouring requires your dentist to remove enamel from your teeth. Enamel cannot be replaced. While your dentist will not directly damage your teeth, recontoured enamel is more susceptible to biofilm and abrasive foods.

Will my teeth become more sensitive?

Most candidates who undergo enamel reshaping will not experience any changes in tooth sensitivity. However, since some groups of nerves lie close to the surface of the tooth, removing protective enamel opens the surface of your teeth to possible sensitivity.

Am I a candidate for enamel reshaping?

Candidates for enamel reshaping are people who are looking for small, affordable, non-invasive changes in their smiles.

Patients who have already undergone a dental restoration will not be considered for enamel reshaping. Contouring teeth with dental filling or bonding materials is too risky for a simple recontour.

Those who suffer from bruxism, or teeth grinding, will need to wear a mouthguard after their procedure to ensure the results are permanent.

If you have minor dental issues that need attention, talk to your dentist at Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry in Austin to find out more about what enamel reshaping can do for you! 512-253-7300