During cosmetic contouring, a dentist removes a small amount of enamel to change the length and shape of a tooth. It is often combined with bonding, a process that uses composite resin to sculpt a better smile. Fractures are smoothed out, and angles are rounded to erase sharp curves. In many cases, contouring creates better alignment and forms a more feminine or masculine look. For maximum results, many patients bundle contouring with other cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening.
The entire procedure uses abrasion methods to reshape teeth. Before starting, a dentist examines the teeth and marks the areas that need attention. A sanding instrument gently erases imperfections on the surface and sides of the teeth. After everything has been contoured, teeth appear smooth and polished. There are never any rough or uneven spots.