Getting Teeth Into Better Shape

March 2020

One of the most conservative cosmetic dentistry treatments dentists use today is also one of the quickest, most effective, and least costly. “Enameloplasty,” which also goes by the name “dental recontouring,” involves the precise removal of a small amount of tooth enamel in order to make a smile more pleasing or more balanced. The procedure involves the use of a drill with a small diamond-tipped bit, or even sandpaper, to shave away a slight amount of enamel. The best candidates for tooth recontouring are patients with overlapping, elongated, or overly pointed teeth (in particular, the canine teeth). Enameloplasty does not require anesthesia because it does not affect the tooth pulp or nerves in any way. Once a tooth has been filed down to its new shape with enameloplasty, it is polished.