Many cosmetic dental procedures focus on the color or placement of teeth. These are undoubtedly valuable to a person who is concerned about the appearance of his or her smile. But some teeth may need more attention than whitening and repositioning. Sometimes, the shape of the tooth itself may need altering. In this case, cosmetic contouring can be beneficial.
Cosmetic contouring is the process of subtly reshaping a tooth in the mouth. It can be effective if the has minor defects, such as lumps or excess width. It is also often coupled with dental bonding to achieve a great look without the expense or process of getting veneers.
Contouring involves simply removing a small amount of tooth enamel. Enamel is the hard outer layer of your tooth. It is the hardest substance in your body, in fact. Because the nerves in your tooth do not extend to the enamel, anesthesia is not typically needed. Dr. Ronald Levine is careful to remove only what is needed and not expose the sensitive inner layers of your tooth. But by removing small defects, your smile’s appearance can greatly improve.
Paired with dental bonding, which can build up material where some might be lacking, your smile can finally be what you’ve always hoped for. Both can be performed in a single office visit, where veneers require multiple over a period of days or weeks. This makes contouring a more affordable and less invasive cosmetic dentistry option.
To learn more about contouring, bonding, or any of the other cosmetic dental procedures provided by Dr. Ronald Levine, please call our dental office in Germantown, MD, today.