Have you ever wondered what happens to your teeth after they are cleaned by the dentist? The enamel shaping process is one of the things that happen to make your teeth look their best. That’s why Summit Dental Group would like to discuss what enamel shaping is, what it entails, and why you might want to consider getting it done.
What is Enamel Shaping?
Enamel shaping is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves altering the shape of your teeth. This can be done for aesthetic reasons or to improve the function of your teeth. The enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in your body. However, filing down the enamel with special tools is still possible. Enamel shaping is usually done with a rotary tool with a diamond-tipped burr.
What Does Enamel Shaping Entail?
Enamel shaping generally takes place in two appointments. During the first appointment, a Boise dentist will assess your teeth and devise a plan for how they should be shaped. They will then mark out where the enamel should be removed.
In the second appointment, the actual shaping will take place. The dentist will use the rotary tool to remove the enamel from your teeth. They will be very careful only to remove the amount of planned enamel.
Why Would I Want Enamel Shaping?
There are a few different reasons why you might want to consider getting enamel shaping done. One reason is aesthetic reasons. If you have misshapen or chipped teeth, enamel shaping can help to improve their appearance.
Another reason is to improve the function of your teeth. If your teeth are overcrowded or overlap, it can be difficult to clean them properly. Enamel shaping can help to create more space between your teeth, making them easier to clean. Enamel shaping is also sometimes used to prepare for other dental procedures, such as bonding or veneers.
Are There Any Risks Involved with Enamel Shaping?
Enamel shaping is a relatively safe procedure. However, as with any dental procedure, there are some risks involved. The most common complication from enamel shaping is tooth sensitivity. This is usually temporary and will go away within a few days.
Another potential complication is infection. This is rare, but it can occur if the rotary tool comes into contact with your gums and breaks the skin. If you are considering getting enamel shaping done, it is important to talk to your Boise dentist about the risks involved.
What are the Limitations of Enamel Shaping?
Enamel shaping is a cosmetic procedure that can alter the appearance of your teeth. However, it is not suitable for everyone. If you have severely misshapen or damaged teeth, enamel shaping may not be able to help. More extensive dental work, such as veneers or crowns, may be necessary in these cases.
Enamel shaping can also only be used to make minor changes to the shape of your teeth. If you are looking for a dramatic change in the appearance of your teeth, enamel shaping is not likely to be the right procedure for you. Talk to your Boise dentist about whether enamel shaping is right for you. They will be able to assess your teeth and give you an idea of what the procedure can and cannot do.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Boise Dentist
Summit Dental Group can help if you consider getting enamel shaping done. We offer a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures, including enamel shaping. We will work with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. Contact us by filling out our online form or call (208) 345-8962 today.