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Dental Recontouring – A Popular Cosmetic Dental Treatment

With dental recontouring, we can fix a variety of minor imperfections in your teeth, allowing you to finally show off your beautiful smile.

This procedure involves the removal of tooth enamel using a drill to shape a tooth to make it fit in better with the neighboring teeth. Tooth reshaping is often used on the most visible teeth, typically the canines and upper front incisors.

smile makeover before after at birmingham dentist

Causes for Dental Recontouring

Small defects in teeth can attract unwanted attention, drawing the eyes to small chips or slight mismatches in tooth size, or pointy canines. If you find yourself struggling to smile due to these small imperfections, dental recontouring can be a perfect solution. This minimally invasive cosmetic procedure is affordable and provides instant results.

How a Cosmetic Dentist Can Help With Correcting Minor Dental Imperfections

Dental recontouring can be used to correct issues such as:

  • Teeth that are too pointy
  • Uneven teeth
  • Slight overlaps
  • Tooth edges that are too flat
  • Minor bite problems
  • Small chips

What to Expect At Your Appoinment

At your first appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth to determine if you’re a good candidate for tooth reshaping. Sometimes, root surface reshaping is necessary to protect a patient from gum disease. In that instance, X-rays would be needed to protect and isolate the pulp. Typically, tooth recontouring will only involve the removal of a small amount of enamel. Since enamel does not contain nerves, a local anesthetic is not needed. 

cosmetic smile makeover results

Initial Evaluation

During a comprehensive oral exam appointment, your dentist will:

  • Assess your smile to determine what tooth size and shape is the most suitable for you. 
  • Take X-rays 
  • Show before and after photos of recontouring services
  • Highlight your tooth color 
  • Use a computer monitor to evaluate each tooth to determine which teeth will require changes 
shades of white using dental veneers


Tooth reshaping is a great choice for people who need minor cosmetic alterations to their teeth. The procedure is quick, affordable, and effective. However, patients who have significant aesthetic issues may want to consider a more appropriate dental procedure such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers. 

Teeth that are too far apart, broken teeth, overcrowding, and crooked teeth are out of the scope of dental recontouring. These more serious dental issues can be fixed with dental bonding, braces, crowns, veneers, or other types of cosmetic procedures. 


How Treatment Works – What to Expect

Teeth that are too flat or pointy, teeth that overlap, or teeth that are much larger than their neighboring teeth can make a smile look awkward. During a dental recontouring procedure, we’ll remove a small portion of the enamel from certain teeth to fix these issues.

Once the enamel is removed, we’ll check to make sure that you like the results, then we’ll apply the finishing touches, which involves polishing the teeth to give them a natural sheen and round out any sharp edges.

how veneer attaches to teeth

Post-Treatment Care

After the teeth have been reshaped, they will have less enamel. Enamel is a tooth’s biggest defense against natural wear and tear and decay. After your teeth have been reshaped, we recommend you use an extra-soft bristled toothbrush and floss daily. The brushing action you use must be very gentle. Using more force when brushing your teeth can scratch the enamel. Regular fluoride treatments can also help prevent decay and promote teeth health by protecting the teeth from abrasions and strengthening the enamel.

Make An Appointment to Learn How Dental Recontouring Can Help You

If you’re searching for an affordable, less invasive way to correct minor flaws in your teeth and improve your smile, then you should contact Stuart Curry Dentistry today to schedule an exam. You should not allow minor imperfections in your smile to affect your confidence. Contact us at (205) 972-3831 to schedule an appointment at Stuart Curry Dentistry or book an appointment online. We offer flexible appointments that can work with your busy schedule.

Common Questions our Patients Have About Dental Recontouring

Does Dental Recontouring Hurt?

The dental recontouring process is completely painless. Since the surface of a tooth is filed with a paper disk, you will not feel any pain or discomfort during treatment. 

How Can I Change My Teeth Shape Naturally?

Unfortunately, there is no home treatment available that you can use to naturally reposition your teeth. Make an appointment with Dr. Curry today to learn about the appropriate procedures available that can improve your smile. 

Why Do Teeth Get Crooked As You Age?

As we grow older, the dentistry of the jaw bone reduces and begins to shrink in size. This can result in an imbalance between the size of the teeth and the jaw, which can result in overlapping or crowded teeth. 

Does Recontouring Damage Your Teeth?

The procedure thins the enamel, which can increase the risk of the teeth wearing down faster and developing issues such as tooth sensitivity. 

What is Gum Recontouring?

Gum contouring is a type of cosmetic procedure that changes the shape of the gums. Dentists use this procedure to restore gum tissue that has receded and is exposing too much of a patient’s teeth, or it’s used to remove excess gum tissue that causes a gummy smile.

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