By Dow Dental
February 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

When you look in the mirror, you should feel confident about the smile you see. However, sometimes the smallest imperfections make cosmetic contouringyou feel your smile is not up to par. If this is the case, cosmetic dental contouring can reshape and rejuvenate your smile.

What is cosmetic contouring? 
Cosmetic contouring reshapes the teeth to improve their appearance instantly. Your dentist slowly removes pieces of enamel to change the length, width, shape, or even out the tooth’s surface. Sometimes, changes as small as only a tenth of a millimeter can smooth out the teeth and transform your smile. Your dentist can help you choose the right approach for your desired results. Cosmetic contouring is often used in conjunction with other cosmetic dental procedures like veneers, bonding and orthodontics.

What can cosmetic contouring repair? 
Contouring repairs small imperfections of the teeth, including:

  • small chips
  • crooked teeth
  • bulges or pits in a tooth's enamel
  • uneven tooth length
  • misshaped teeth
  • overlapping or crowded teeth

While most imperfections can be treated using cosmetic contouring, others may need more aggressive dental or orthodontic treatment.

The Procedure
Your dentist uses x-rays to see into the teeth to determine if there has been any bone loss or tooth decay. This also allows your dentist to be sure there is enough bone to support the changes to the teeth. To shape the teeth, your dentist uses a dental drill with various bits. When the procedure is over, the teeth are polished and cleaned. Results are seen immediately. Anesthetic is not usually needed though your dentist may recommend numbing depending on your sensitivity. After the procedure, discomfort is minimal and usually does not require even over-the-counter pain treatments.

For more information on cosmetic contouring, please contact Dr. Coleman A. Dow, D.M.D. and Dr. Douglas N. Dow, D.M.D. at Dow Dental in Springfield, OR. Call (541) 726-9644 to schedule your appointment today!