Can I Change the Shape of My Teeth?

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

If your teeth make you cringe, you may wonder if there is a way to change your tooth shape. Luckily, advances in cosmetic dentistry give you multiple options for transforming the look of your smile.

Female with nicely shaped teeth

Four Ways to Change Tooth Shape

There are four methods your cosmetic dentist in Calgary can use to alter the existing shape of your teeth. The best method will depend on your existing teeth and overall oral health. It is best to meet with a cosmetic dentist and discuss which one is right for you.

The methods available to alter the shape and appearance of your teeth include:

  • Dental Bonding - Dental bonding is when a tooth-coloured resin is applied to the tooth’s surface. The material is then allowed to harden using a special light. This allows the material to “bond” to the teeth.
  • Dental Crowns – Dental crowns are caps that are placed over existing teeth. Using a dental cement to hold them in place, they will encase the entire visible portion of the existing tooth and transform the shape.
  • Porcelain Veneers - Veneers are custom-made. These shells are designed to adhere to the front surface of existing teeth. The porcelain is thin and tooth-coloured. It is then bonded to the surface of the teeth.
  • Tooth Recontouring - Also known as “tooth reshaping” and “odontoplasty”, this process involves removing small amounts of tooth enamel to change the overall shape, length or even the surface of the existing tooth. No crowns or bonded pieces are applied; instead, the existing tooth still remains visible.

Determining Which Type of Tooth Reshaping is Right for You

You will want to visit a clinic that offers cosmetic dentistry procedures. During your initial consultation, the dentist will assess your existing tooth enamel, root structure and the health of your gums. You may qualify for all four methods or only one. It is important to note that each of these comes with their own durability, cost and number of visits to complete. Therefore, you must be able to find a solution that changes tooth shape, but still fits within your personal budget and time constraints.

Abougoush Family Dental in Calgary is your local Calgary cosmetic dentistry clinic. We can help you change the shape of your teeth and perform the right cosmetic procedure that suits your budget. Schedule an appointment today by calling us at 403-289-7370 or contact us online.

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