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Tooth contouring (also known as tooth reshaping, enamel contouring or dental contouring) is the process of reshaping the natural teeth to improve their appearance.

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Tooth contouring cost depends on the extent of the tooth reshaping procedure, the expertise of the dentist and the tools used, but typical costs are approximately $50 to $350 per tooth*.

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Cost of Tooth contouring and reshaping*

Tooth contouring cost depends on the extent of the tooth reshaping procedure, the expertise of the dentist and the tools used, but typical costs are approximately $50 to $350 per tooth*. Dental contouring is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry treatment options available.

Most dental clinics offer flexible financing and payment options, some of which allow staggered payments or loans from VARIOUS FINANCING COMPANIES.

If you are thinking about having a tooth reshaping procedure but want more information about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE. You can discuss your financial options with your dentist, and find out if there are any loans of flexi-payment plans that will allow you to achieve the beautiful, white smile that you want.

Am I a candidate for Tooth contouring and reshaping?

If you have strong and healthy teeth, but experience any of the following, you may be a suitable candidate for a tooth contouring procedure:

  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Unevenly shaped teeth
  • Pitted or grooved tooth enamel

Not all patients are suitable candidates for tooth reshaping treatment. You must have healthy teeth and sufficient enamel on your natural teeth to avoid chipping or damage to the tooth after treatment. Those with deep cracks, chips or decay in their teeth may not be good candidates for dental contouring because of the lack of enamel which can lead to further decay and damage. Patients who grind their teeth may also be unsuitable candidates because a lack of enamel combined with a thinning of the enamel that remains can be made worse by continual tooth grinding.

A full consultation with your cosmetic dentist will determine the best course of treatment for you. If you have several teeth that require cosmetic attention, your dentist may recommend a combination of tooth contouring, veneers or crowns to achieve the smile that you desire.  

Tooth contouring and reshaping Definition

Tooth contouring (also known as tooth reshaping, enamel contouring or dental contouring) is the process of shaping the natural teeth to improve their appearance. Tooth reshaping can be used to correct crowded or overlapping teeth, smooth rough edges, or improve the shape of a tooth.

What is a Tooth contouring and reshaping Procedure?

If you decide to have a tooth reshaping procedure to improve the appearance of your teeth, the dentist will first determine if you are a suitable candidate by discussing your medical and dental history with you, examining your teeth and then taking x-rays. Your dentist may use computer-imaging software to show you how the tooth contouring procedure is carried out, and how your smile will look once the tooth reshaping treatment is complete. Your cosmetic dentist may recommend a teeth-whitening treatment before the tooth reshaping treatment to give all your teeth a beautiful white appearance that will be further enhanced by the tooth contouring procedure.

Dental contouring is relatively pain-free and does not usually require the use of an anesthetic so it is a perfect cosmetic dentistry option for those patients who have a fear of dental procedures. The results are immediately obvious and there is no recovery time, so you can return to your normal activities immediately. It is also relatively inexpensive compared to other cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Tooth reshaping can make a great difference to your smile on its own, but can also be the perfect first step in a total smile makeover. Enamel contouring can be combined with other procedures such as veneers, crowns or dental implants to create your perfect smile and restore your self-confidence.

How is Tooth contouring and reshaping done?

When you go to the dentist for your tooth reshaping appointment, your cosmetic dentist will examine your teeth and supporting bone structure, then take x-rays to determine how much pulp is in each tooth. The dentist’s aim is to trim as little as possible off the existing tooth enamel, to ensure that the tooth is not weakened and remains strong and healthy after the tooth reshaping treatment.

Your dentist may even out any imperfections in the teeth using a laser or small sanding drill. Then small sections of the enamel are removed to even out the teeth. Abrasive strips are passed between the teeth to even out any spaces. A laminate material is adhered to areas of the natural teeth to create a naturally shaped tooth. Once the tooth reshaping procedure is complete, the teeth are buffed and polished to a shine and your new, even smile is complete.

Questions to Ask a Dentist about a Tooth contouring and reshaping procedure

Here is an essential checklist of questions you may want to ask your perfectyourself.com dental professional:

  1. Am I a good candidate for tooth contouring and reshaping?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. How long will the procedure take?
  4. What kind of anesthesia or pain relief is used?
  5. What is your experience in performing tooth contouring and reshaping?
  6. Can I see your qualifications?
  7. Ask to see any tooth contouring and reshaping before and after photographs of recent procedures
  8. What percentages of your tooth contouring and reshaping patients have had significant post-treatment complications?
  9. How much will my tooth contouring and reshaping procedure cost?
  10. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  11. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  12. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  13. What is the recovery and healing period for tooth contouring and reshaping? When can I resume full normal activity?
  14. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended?
  15. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)

Cosmetic Dentist Checklist

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