What is Tooth Shaping?
Tooth shaping is a process of altering the shape of teeth by a dental professional. This could be done for cosmetic reasons or to adapt to a dental appliance.
In recent years, people have been opting for tooth contouring as an alternative to braces. They are not only less invasive than braces, but they offer more control over the tooth’s shape and colour.
Tooth shaping is a relatively new cosmetic procedure that involves reshaping the teeth to a desired shape. The dentist and patient work together to design the shape of the teeth and then proceed with the shaping.
Some people might not be able to afford tooth shaping because it can be quite pricey, but it can be worth it if you are someone who has regrets about the shape of their teeth.
This is an interesting topic because when parents think about giving their children braces, they might not know what other options they have for straightening crooked or misaligned teeth.
Steps in a Tooth Shaping Procedure
The first step in a tooth shaping procedure is to shave off the enamel of the tooth. This is done by sanding it down or using different types of lasers. The dentist will use a tool or laser to remove as little enamel as possible while still creating the desired shape and contour of the tooth.
The next step is to reshape the crown of the tooth by grinding and polishing it, filling any cavities, and then making it shine again. The dentist will use an electric drill to get rid of any unwanted layers on top, then they will sand it down with an abrasive pad and polish it with a diamond paste until they reach their desired finish. Done correctly, this step can make teeth much more attractive, but if not done right, can cause discoloration.
What to Expect from a Tooth Shaping Session and Dental Care Afterwards?
The dentist will shape the tooth and then you should expect some sensitivity and soreness over the next few days. It is important to brush your teeth as soon as possible after a tooth shaping session.