What is the Purpose of Tooth Contouring and Reshaping?

What is the Purpose of Tooth Contouring and Reshaping?Chipped, cracked, and irregularly shaped teeth can detract from your smile. Tooth contouring and reshaping can give you a more beautiful smile almost instantly. Our cosmetic dentist in Northridge can contour and reshape your teeth in a single appointment without the need for any additional treatments. However, this fast, effective procedure can also be combined with other cosmetic or restorative procedures to address multiple cosmetic complaints, as well.

What is Tooth Contouring and Reshaping?

This is a procedure used by our dentist to reshape and contour the enamel of teeth. There is no need for anesthesia in most cases, and it can be used as a substitute for more extensive procedures, such as braces. Contouring offers the ability to make subtle changes with just a few millimeters of reduction, and tooth-colored bonding materials can be added to create a new, more beautiful smile.


Virtually anyone who is unhappy with the look of their teeth due to crowding, chips, overlaps, enamel irregularities, or other minor flaws can be a candidate for tooth contouring and reshaping. Scheduling an appointment with our team can be your first step in determining your candidacy. We will examine your teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy and normal, and then determine the best ways to achieve your goals. Contouring and reshaping your teeth is best for making small changes. If you need or want to make bigger changes, you might need to consider combining contouring with other procedures, or opting for more extensive cosmetic procedures.

The Procedure

At your appointment, we will take X-rays to identify the inner structures of your teeth. Then our dentist will mark your teeth to plan the sculpting process. A special laser or sculpting tool is used to remove the surface enamel without damaging the underlying structure of the tooth. Once the targeted teeth have been shaped and contoured as desired, they are smoothed and polished. If you are also having your teeth bonded, this may be done at the same appointment or a later one.

Call us today to learn more about tooth contouring and reshaping or to schedule your appointment with our team.

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