Over time grinding your teeth can have minor imperfections in your teeth, such as minor overlapping, irregularly shaped teeth or tiny chips. Even once resolved by stress management or a custom fitted snore guard you might still be left with minor damage to your teeth that you would like altered for cosmetic appearance.
You should keep in mind that this procedure is intended only for teeth that need minor cosmetic adjustment. Your dentist will be able to advise you if you have more significant issues or need greater cosmetic restoration for the teeth in question.
Before recommending the procedure your dentist will want to take extensive X-rays. This helps them to understand how much enamel is available to be removed. If the dentist feels tooth reshaping will structural damage or pose a threat to the dentin layer of your tooth, they might recommend a cosmetic veneer or crowns instead.
Sometimes referred to as tooth contouring, the procedure involves removing a small amount of enamel from the affected teeth to blend them into a more appealing shape. Since it only affects the enamel the procedure is usually painless and relatively inexpensive.
If you have questions about cosmetic tooth reshaping, please feel free to call us at to schedule an appointment.