Dental Tips Blog

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What is Enamel Shaping?

Your tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body. It’s the outermost covering on your tooth, protecting the sensitive inner layers.

Enamel doesn’t have much color of it’s own. It’s translucent enough to let the inner shade of the tooth show through. And although it’s very strong, it can be damaged by other hard objects.

If you have:

  • A visible chip on a front tooth
  • A tooth surface that feels rough or sharp to your tongue
  • Oddly-textured enamel

…then a little enamel shaping or recontouring could be just what you need to even out your smile.

How It’s Done

Using a handpiece similar to what the hygienist uses to polish your teeth, your dentist will carefully sand away just a bit of excess tooth structure to reshape your tooth.

You likely won’t even need any anesthetic! The mild process doesn’t go anywhere near the nerves of your teeth.

Tooth Recontouring and Other Cosmetic Treatment

What if the damage to your tooth goes deeper than the enamel?

Most cases of tooth fractures will require restorations of some sort. Bonding is a very common fix for chipped teeth. If your tooth is heavily-stained or if enamel reshaping just isn’t enough, then a veneer will likely do the trick. Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment that can mask just about any aesthetic flaw.

Make tooth recontouring a part of your cosmetic dental makeover. It’s the quick and inexpensive way to subtly make a powerful change in your smile. Combine it with another cosmetic procedure like bleaching and you’ll have teeth that you can’t resist showing off! Ask your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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