If you require teeth contouring, do not hesitate to give our friendly receptionists a call at 020 8748 9365.
To complete your teeth shaping, we will need to see you for an initial consultation. During your first appointment, the dentist will discuss your requirements and evaluate if it is safe for your teeth to perform the shaping you’ve requested. If the procedure is minor, the dentist may be able to complete it without requiring additional visits. If more time is needed, you can schedule your appointment on the day.
What is teeth contouring?
Teeth shaping is the process of gently filing down the edges of your teeth to ensure your smile looks uniform, and your soft tissue doesn’t get damaged.
Contouring is often required at the end of orthodontic treatment after the teeth have become adequately aligned and signs of previous wear and tear need to be removed to uncover a beautiful smile. In some cases teeth shaping may be necessary after a minor dental trauma, or if a person has been grinding their teeth due to stress or another health condition.
What do you need to know before going ahead with teeth contouring?
Teeth contouring is generally one of the safest and mildest dental procedures. Nonetheless, your dentist must carry out a dental check-up on the tooth/teeth to be shaped, to ensure no dentin will be exposed as a result.
When is teeth contouring suitable?
Teeth contouring (also known as teeth shaping or re-shaping) is a procedure suitable for minor adjustments of the teeth. Please note that it doesn’t serve as an alternative to teeth straightening.
Durable tooth enamel is essential
Before carrying out any shaping of your teeth, our dentists will first ensure that the enamel of your teeth is healthy and thick enough to remain stable after the procedure. The “official” name of teeth re-shaping is enameloplasty.
When is tooth shaping not an option?
If you have, for example, a single tooth which is 2-3mm higher or lower (depending on which arch it is located) than the rest of your teeth, shaping cannot be used to correct this, as it will impose a risk to the health of that tooth. You may want to consider braces (orthodontic treatment) or bonding.