I'm not happy with the shape of my teeth. What options are available for changing them?
Bonding, dental crowns, veneers, and recontouring are options that can be used to alter the shape of teeth. These procedures can make your teeth appear longer, close gaps between teeth, or repair teeth that are chipped or cracked.
- Dental bonding - A tooth-colored resin made of a durable plastic material is applied to the surface of the tooth, shaped to produce the desired results, and then cured with a special light to harden the material and bond it to the tooth.
- Dental crowns – Also referred to as “caps,” dental crowns are used to cover your natural tooth. The dental crown is placed over the existing tooth and extends slightly above the gum line for a natural appearance. It is then cemented into place, covering the entire visible portion of the tooth.
- Veneers - Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front surface of teeth to alter their appearance and correct cosmetic dental flaws.
- Recontouring – This is a procedure that reshapes the teeth by removing small amounts of tooth enamel to change the surface, length, or shape of the tooth. Recontouring is also referred to as enameloplasty, odontoplasty, slenderizing, or stripping.
These various options differ in terms of cost, durability, stain resistant qualities, and "chair time" necessary to complete the procedure. Check with your dentist to see which option best suits your specific needs.