Do you grind your teeth often? If you do, you’re definitely not alone. Most people will grind their teeth and clench their jaws at a certain point in their life. It’s estimated that up to 10% of the population grinds their teeth regularly. But excessive grinding can cause serious damage.
Chipping and cracking your teeth can be concerning, however, it happens to a lot of people and it’s not a complete disaster. With some teeth reshaping, your smile can look as good as new. Interested in teeth reshaping, but wondering how it works?
What is Teeth Reshaping?
Teeth reshaping is a cosmetic dentistry technique that removes the outer layers of the tooth to change its shape, length, or surface. One common reason to undergo this procedure is to correct crooked, chipped, cracked, or overlapping teeth. This procedure consists of a small reduction of the tooth enamel, reshaping the tooth and if required, using dental veneers to create a beautiful new smile.
How Do You Know That You Need Teeth Reshaping?
Your teeth may chip, crack, and develop grooves. Some people think there’s nothing they can do about these problems if these traits are genetic. But you can change the way you feel about your smile. All it takes is a little tooth contouring by an experienced cosmetic dentist. While complicated cases require surgeries like jaw realignment, in most cases, you can freshen up your smile with a few small procedures.
How is Tooth Reshaping Done?
The reshaping procedure takes a few steps. For starters, Dental X-rays will be taken to ensure the health and size of the teeth that need work. Sometimes, the health of your teeth may jeopardize the procedure before it can even start.
For instance, if dental enamel is too thin or the tooth's pulp is close to the surface, a cosmetic procedure may not be possible. In that case, your teeth may require other procedures. Tooth enamel is irreplaceable. If a procedure could damage it further, your Del Mar dentist won’t do it.
After an X-ray, your dentist will use a special pen to see what areas need actual sculpting. They’ll then use a diamond bur to reshape a tooth. The process is completed by polishing and smoothing the surface of your teeth, to give them a white glow.
Oftentimes, the patient feels like there’s not enough space between their teeth after the procedure is done. To correct this, the dentist will use a sandpaper-like strip to remove the extra coating of your teeth and give you enough space between them.
Improve Your Smile With Del Mar Dental Studio
At Del Mar Dental Studio, we aim to constantly improve the oral health of our patients through education and empowerment. Our mission is to have every patient leave our facility feeling happier and healthier than when they arrived. Dr. Pizzi strives to educate every patient about oral care. Looking for an expert dentist in Del Mar? Contact us online or call us at (858) 755-0187!