Dallas—Fort Worth Dentist & Implant Center
All of us long to have a perfect set of teeth, pearly white and equally proportioned. However, not everyone is blessed to have a combination of both. Likewise, most people would think putting on braces is the ultimate solution for such teeth imperfections. The truth is, some dental imperfections do not necessarily need braces or any other major dental surgery. In this case, Beyond Dental and Implant Center introduces a noninvasive way to correct the natural alignment of the teeth without the need for anesthesia. This dental procedure is called cosmetic contouring.
What Is Cosmetic Contouring?
Also called enameloplasty, tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, cosmetic contouring is a dental technique that requires removing small amounts of the enamel, the outer covering of the tooth, to improve the shape of the teeth. Cosmetic contouring also involves the use of bonding, a material used to sculpt and shape the teeth. This procedure can make the smile of a person look better.
Cosmetic contouring is ideal for people who either have crooked or pointy teeth or those with a tooth sticking out more than the rest of the teeth. The procedure can also be the first step for more cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening or crown lengthening. On the contrary, this procedure is not recommended for people with decaying teeth, have undergone root canal therapy, or with unhealthy gums.
How Cosmetic Contouring Works
Before cosmetic contouring, we will first examine your teeth and perform an x-ray to check whether you are eligible for the procedure. Your teeth that need to be worked on will then be marked by Dr. Cory Nguyen. A dental instrument will then be used to sculpt your teeth to eliminate imperfections, and are then smoothed as the finishing touch.
Pros and Cons
The entire procedure does not require anesthesia; thus, it is painless and inexpensive compared to other dental surgeries. However, cosmetic contouring has its share of pros and cons.
As mentioned, the procedure is inexpensive,and can cost only around $50 to $300 per tooth, depending on the amount of work needed. It can also be an alternative to braces, which can cost more. Likewise, the total cost can be covered by insurance if the cause of the damage is due to accidents or any trauma. Cosmetic contouring is also painless because it only involves the enamel. Plus, it can help improve the health of the teeth by minimizing the risk of tartar and plaque buildup that causes oral diseases. On the downside, you may be at risk of tooth breakage, especially if too much enamel is removed. Your teeth may also tend to be more sensitive after the procedure because of reduced enamel. Likewise, your teeth may also be prone to damage, especially if you are a heavy biter. The procedure may not entirely save your tooth, especially if it is already beyond minor repair, fpr which a more extensive and expensive treatment may be needed.
Beyond Dental and Implant Center offers various dental treatments, including cosmetic contouring. For your dental needs, call us at (972) 591-7520, and we will gladly cater to your oral health needs!