Can I change the shape of my teeth?
Yes. Many of the new modern dental procedures allow people to change the shape their teeth for cosmetic reasons and not just because they have problems like decay or broken teeth.
What treatment options are there for changing the shape of my teeth?
There are several different treatment options that can be used to help you get the look and shape for your teeth that you prefer. Whether you’d like your teeth to be a little longer, have smaller spaces between your teeth or to repair and cover up chips.
The first option is Dental Bonding, this is where a hard-wearing and lasting tooth coloured resin is put on top of the tooth (or teeth) and then set using a special light. This setting process bonds (glues) the resin to the tooth.
With Dental Bonding, your teeth can be reshaped to make them longer, if your teeth are short or wider if there are gaps between your teeth..
Another option is to have Dental Crowns, sometimes also know as Caps. A crown is a tooth shaped object that is partially hollow inside that is cemented in place and encases the tooth. Once treatment is complete it is only the crown that is visible; your tooth is completed covered right up into the gum line.
Veneers, either composite resin or porcelain laminates, are another form of Cap. Veneers are wafer thin and custom made shells that cover your tooth – usually only applied to your front visible teeth. Veneers are bonded to your teeth and can be made to alter the shape of your teeth and the look of your smile.
The last option, is something that can not be reversed or undone and it is Recontouring (also called reshaping, Odontoplasty, Enameloplasty, stripping, or slenderizing). With this treatment, small amounts of the tooth enamel are removed (with grinding or chizelling) to change the length, shape, or surface of the teeth. It is a permanent procedure which is why many people choose one of the other options where ever possible.