Tooth Contouring

Ankeny Cosmetic Dentist Offers Tooth Contouring

toothcontouringHow Can Tooth Contouring Improve My Smile?

Issues such as overlapping teeth, unevenly shaped teeth, chipped teeth, or pointed bicuspids (more commonly known as “vampire teeth”) can be smoothed away with a simple, painless cosmetic procedure known as contouring. Contouring gently reshapes a tooth and can improve the health of your mouth by opening up areas that encourage plaque growth. For certain patients, contouring, in conjunction with an at-home whitening system, can provide outstanding improvements in your smile.

What is the Tooth Contouring Process?

Before contouring a tooth, Dr. Erika Peddicord will want to take x-rays to make sure your enamel can withstand the contouring process. Once assured of the strength of your enamel, she will use a graded series of shaping tools that will sculpt, smooth, and polish each tooth so it looks great and blends in with the rest of your smile.

Am I a Good Candidate for Tooth Contouring?

The only real health risk associated with tooth contouring occurs if the dentist removes too much enamel. This can result in tooth sensitivity and an increased risk for tooth breakage. However, this rarely happens if your enamel has been thoroughly assessed by a conscientious family dentist. Some patients desire the kind of dramatic results tooth contouring does not provide. For these people, porcelain veneers might offer the best option for a very noticeable smile makeover.

Minor Smile Improvement with Tooth Contouring

Tooth contouring can noticebly improve your smile without drastically changing your tooth structure. To learn more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Erika Peddicord by calling our dental office today at (515) 963-3339. Located in Ankeny, IA, we also serve patients who live in Bondurant, Polk City, Elkhart, Alleman, Cambridge, and all surrounding communities.