Posted by Dr. William Yoo
A bright, attractive smile can give a huge boost to your overall appearance and self-confidence. Unfortunately, many people are unhappy with the look of their smile. This can be due to many reasons, although is often an issue with spacing and alignment.
Sometimes, patients are unhappy with the shape of their teeth. They may find their teeth are unevenly shaped, too pointed or jagged, or may be unhappy with the size of their teeth. Unlike unevenly aligned or spaced teeth, tooth shape cannot be corrected with orthodontic treatment.
Fortunately, there are dental services available for patients who are unhappy with the shape of their teeth. These include:
Dental Bonding is a procedure in which your dentist applies tooth-coloured resin to the tooth, which then hardens. Dental bonding is best used to smooth out rough edges of teeth. If you, for example, had a small chip from the bottom, resin could be used to smooth out the edge of the tooth.
Dental Crowns can be used to correct larger issues. A dental crown is a cap made to look just like a tooth, usually made from porcelain, that is fitted to your existing tooth and secured over the top of it. If you have a tooth, or multiple teeth, that are severely misshapen, a dental crown would be the most effective corrective dental service for you to have done.
Veneers are popular, very effective, and create a dramatic and permanent improvement of the appearance of your teeth. Usually made of porcelain, or composite materials, veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth. Not only do veneers correct the shape of your teeth, they can also correct spacing issues, and the shade of your teeth. A great choice for a white, bright, straight smile.
Recontouring is sort of the opposite of dental bonding, and can be used to corrects similarly small shape flaws. Recontouring is a procedure that removes small amounts of tooth enamel, in order to smooth out the edges or surface of the tooth, or to shorten the tooth.
As you can see there are many options when it comes to dental services to change tooth shape. There is a marked variety when it comes to length of the procedure, cost, and effectiveness. If you would like to change the shape of your teeth, the best thing to do would be to speak to your dentist about it. They will be able to recommend which service is right for you!