Dr. Mirani, dentist in Beverly Hills, recommends enamel reshaping as a conservative approach to bring balance back to a patient’s smile. Enamel reshaping involves the removal of enamel from a misshapen tooth so that it matches other teeth. The removal of a minimal amount of enamel can effectively change the length, shape or surface contours of the patient’s tooth. This is a relatively quick and painless procedure and is also called tooth reshaping or odontoplasty.
How are the Teeth actually shaped?
A sanding disc or a fine diamond bur is used to remove small amounts of tooth enamel. Strips of sandpaper are also used to reach imperfections between teeth and to smooth the sides. Once shaped, the process is completed by polishing the tooth. Sometimes, enamel reshaping is combined with dental bonding in order to bring even more balance to the contour and shape of the smile as it relates to other facial features. Bonding is a nice compliment to enamel reshaping because it adds flexibility to the cosmetic nature of the procedure. It is also a conservative procedure which does not normally require anesthesia.
How does the Enamel Reshaping Process with Dr. Mirani Work?
Dr. Mirani will discuss the goals of the procedure and outline what your smile will look like after the reshaping process is completed. In some cases, x-rays of your teeth will be required to determine the size and location of the tooth’s pulp (the center of the tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels). If the tooth's enamel layer is too thin or if the pulp lies too close to the tooth's surface, reshaping may not be possible. Instead, other procedures such as bonding or porcelain veneers might be a better option.
Depending upon the situation, Dr. Mirani may mark your teeth with a pencil prior to performing the procedure. Markings will help guide her during the sculpting process and give her an indication of how the tooth will look after the process is completed. As Dr. Mirani sculpts the tooth, imperfections are artfully eliminated or minimized. A sanding drill may be used to remove small amounts of surface enamel gradually. Abrasive strips are then moved back and forth between your teeth to shape the actual sides of your teeth. The teeth are then smoothed and polished. Usually anesthetic is not needed.
How do I know if Enamel Reshaping is right for me?
Dr. Mirani helps dental patients throughout Beverly Hills to achieve optimal oral health through regular cosmetic dentistry, restorations, checkups and cleanings. Call Dr. Mirani’s office today at (310) 858-5933 to schedule an appointment and learn more about enamel reshaping.
Dr. Mirani is a general and cosmetic dentist serving Beverly Hills.