If you don't like the shape of your teeth, you may wonder if it's possible to change their shape. You can change the shape of your teeth with the professional help of a cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentists have several techniques that they can use to make your teeth more attractive in appearance. With the following techniques, a cosmetic dentist can reshape your teeth.
Perhaps the cheapest way to reshape your teeth is through tooth contouring. With this technique, a dentist can reshape a tooth by removing enamel from its surface at strategic points. For instance, if a patient's teeth are flared at the bottom, a dentist can remove some tooth structure from the sides to reduce or remove the flaring.
Porcelain veneers are tooth-shaped shells that slip over the fronts of teeth to disguise any imperfection whatsoever. So if one of your upper front canines is shorter than the other, a dentist could fashion a porcelain veneer that is the same size as the larger of the two canine teeth. And once this veneer is placed on your smaller tooth, there will no longer be any difference between the two teeth.
Dental bonding is similar to porcelain veneers, except it is more versatile in regards to reshaping teeth. This is because composite bonding first begins as a resin, which a dentist can shape into anything they want. For instance, if your teeth are misshapen due to surface imperfections like pits and grooves, a dentist can fill in those imperfections with composite resin. And, if your teeth are shaped differently, a cosmetic dentist can use composite resin to reshape your teeth so that they all look the same in terms of shape and size. You can even opt to cover the entirety of a tooth with composite resin to give it an entirely new look.
Of all of the approaches to changing the shape of teeth, the most extreme is dental crowns. This is because a tooth needs to be reduced in size and shape before a dental crown can be placed over it. So, be sure you are willing to sacrifice your tooth if you choose to change the shape of a tooth with a dental crown. Dental crowns are often a good approach for teeth that are too small.
Are you unhappy with the shape of your teeth? Then seek out a cosmetic dentist and ask them which of these treatments is appropriate for you.