Your smile is generally the very first thing that people notice about you. In many cases, it significantly impacts the impressions you make on those around you. When you smile, your teeth become incredibly prominent. If there are any flaws in your teeth, the quality of your smile may be significantly affected, which can then impact how others see you. Even the smallest flaws can have a major impact. If minor dental flaws are affecting your smile, Harry Albers DDS can help with dental contouring.
What is Dental Contouring?Dental contouring, also called cosmetic contouring, is a non-invasive procedure that is performed to correct the appearance of teeth affected by minor defects. It helps to improve both the aesthetics as well as the feel of your teeth, which can also improve your confidence. The procedure enables us to make minor changes to the appearance of your teeth safely and painlessly. With dental contouring, we can address issues such as uneven teeth, minor chips or cracks, oddly shaped teeth, or slightly overlapping.
How is Dental Contouring Done?The process for dental contouring is completely safe as well as completely painless. There is absolutely no need for a local anesthetic. Before performing dental contouring, we first perform a thorough dental exam. We evaluate the condition of your teeth and take X-rays. The exam allows us to ensure that your mouth is healthy and that dental contouring, is the ideal solution to address your specific aesthetic concerns.
Dental contouring involves the use of a handheld tool. This tool grinds away small amounts of tooth enamel quickly and painlessly, eliminating imperfections. At the same time, the tool buffs and polishes your teeth, leaving them smooth and beautiful.
It is important to know that dental contouring is only meant to improve the appearance of teeth affected by minor cosmetic flaws. It cannot treat larger flaws. If your imperfections are too large, you may require an alternative treatment such as veneers or crowns.
What are the Benefits of Dental Contouring?There are several significant benefits associated with dental contouring. The process is incredibly quick, typically taking less than 30 minutes to complete. The process is also completely painless, and it is very affordable. You will not require any local anesthesia or sedation. You’ll notice the results of your treatment right away, and those results are permanent.
In addition to improving the quality of your smile, dental contouring can also help to improve your oral health. Certain types of imperfections, such as minor overlapping, can make keeping your teeth clean more difficult. These spaces create ideal hiding places for plaque and bacteria, increasing your risk for developing cavities and tooth decay. By eliminating overlapping, your risk for cavities and gum disease decreases.
Are There Any Drawbacks to Dental Contouring?While dental contouring can be an incredibly effective treatment for improving the appearance of your smile, there are some drawbacks that need to be taken into consideration. One of these drawbacks is that dental contouring can only treat minor dental imperfections. If you have larger flaws, other options will need to be explored to help you achieve optimal results. With dental contouring, there is also a risk for tooth damage. There needs to be enough tooth enamel left after dental contouring to protect your teeth, and your oral health. If too much enamel is removed, the teeth are at an increased risk of damage.
Dental contouring can significantly improve the appearance of teeth affected by minor flaws, greatly improving the quality of your smile and boosting your confidence. For more information, and to find out if you are a candidate, contact Harry Albers DDS today at (707) 575-1190.