Purpose of Tooth Contouring


Minor defects can detract from even the most attractive smiles. Tooth contouring can be an excellent option for making subtle changes and managing small imperfections like irregularly shaped teeth, chips, or slight overlapping. It is fast, affordable, and highly effective though the changes it makes are subtle.

During enamel contouring, the enamel, or outer layer of the tooth, is carefully reshaped to change the tooth’s appearance, including its length, width, and/or surface. There is typically no need for anesthesia, as the procedure is considered minor. Once we determine that your teeth are healthy, a special tool is used to gently buff and contour your teeth to the desired shape, and then the area is smoothed and polished to achieve the desired appearance.

Tooth reshaping offers several benefits. It is a completely painless conservative option that offers immediate results. It can be used alone or combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as bonding, to improve the look of one or several teeth. Creating a more contoured surface can even help improve the health of teeth by eliminating small chips and overlaps where bacteria and debris can hide. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our Northridge dentist.