What's involved in recontouring teeth?

Uneven or sharp teeth can be reshaped and polished with recontouring. This process can be done without numbing the teeth. Small amounts of uneven or sharp enamel are removed with a dental hand piece. The tooth is then polished. This can be an alternative to bonding, veneers, and crowns in some cases.

Dentists can recontour both teeth and gums. This is generally done for cosmetic reasons -- for example, if one tooth appears too long in relation to another. A dentist may take a hand piece and grind away some of the tooth, then polish the ground surface. Likewise, if your gum level is different from tooth to tooth, the dentist may cut away some of the gum using a laser or electrodes in order to make your gum level consistent. 

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