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Do you have overlapping teeth or crooked teeth? Similarly, do you have one or more cracked teeth? If you do—and even if you don’t—you probably understand that these types of imperfections can be embarrassing. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to address the flaws in your smile. Contouring, which is also known as reshaping, has many advantages and a few things you should be aware of.

Typically, dental contouring is used as a cosmetic treatment. In fact, with contouring, our dentist will be able to modify the length and shape of your pearly whites. However, dental contouring won’t be useful in every situation. We recommend considering contouring if your teeth are cracked, have an irregular shape, have chips or bulges, or are cracked. In essence, if you have small imperfections in your smile, contouring could be the option you need. .

Fortunately, contouring is usually very inexpensive—especially because you will almost never need anesthesia with contouring. Furthermore, this procedure is far less expensive than getting braces of having orthodontic work done. Contouring can also improve the health of your teeth. You see, plaque and tartar may get caught in your imperfections, making it difficult to keep your teeth clean. Sadly, this can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Please remember that there are a few things you should know about having your teeth contoured. In order for this treatment to be performed, our dentists will need to remove some of your enamel. As you may know, your enamel is the protective outer layer of your teeth. In other words, if you remove enamel from your teeth, you’ll need to practice good oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Lexington Heights Dental by calling us at 801-756-2006. Dr. Lohner and Dr. Jimer and our team will gladly answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.