Enameloplasty is considered one of the cosmetic treatments that improve the appearance of the smile by reshaping the teeth and making them more aligned, making it an appropriate and more affordable solution for some cases that require orthodontic work on the teeth.
Due to the fact that Enameloplasty is suitable for some cases more than others, at Opal Dental Center Istanbul, we will discuss in this article everything related to this procedure; its pros and cons, application procedures, with an explanation of the ways to take care of teeth after reshaping them.
What is Enameloplasty?
It is also called teeth reshaping or teeth contouring and is one of the cosmetic tools that the dentist uses, to fix broken, uneven, misaligned, or irregular teeth by removing a small portion of the enamel, and then reshaping or extending the damaged teeth.
In some cases, the dentist may place a resin material with the color of the teeth to bond the teeth, in order to achieve the desired shape and appearance.
To whom Tooth Reshaping can be performed?
To be a candidate for teeth reshaping, one should have healthy gums and teeth with minor cosmetic imperfections but not decay, as reshaping involves removing a portion of the enamel which could potentially weaken the teeth.
Therefore, people who have thin enamel layers on their teeth are not suitable for this procedure, and other cosmetic treatments such as bonding or veneers may be more suitable for them.
Pros of Enameloplasty
- A quick and painless cosmetic procedure.
- An effective way to change the shape of the teeth and improve the appearance of the smile.
- After reshaping the teeth, the person can resume their regular activities immediately.
- Low costs compared to other cosmetic dental procedures.
- Removing existing imperfections can reduce the risks of decay and gum diseases
Cons of Enameloplasty
- After reshaping, some teeth become temporarily sensitive to hot and cold materials.
- Enameloplasty treats only minor changes affecting the shape of the tooth.
- Removing a large part of the enamel, which may expose the patient to the risk of tooth fracture or decay.
- If the problem was originally caused by bruxism, a recurrence of the initial problem with persistent bruxism may occur.
First – Examination of the teeth and gums
The teeth reshaping procedure is done with simple procedures during a short period of time, starting with initial examinations including dental X-rays, in order to verify the teeth and gum health.
Consequently, the dentist also examines the enamel, to determine its suitability for this procedure. If it is weak or too thick, they may suggest another cosmetic procedure such as veneers which also improves the appearance of broken, chipped, irregular or misaligned teeth.
Second – reshaping the teeth
After confirming the gum and enamel health, the next stage is to remove a portion of the enamel using a dental drill tool used by the dentist to reduce existing teeth imperfections.
Then the dentist will trim the longer teeth, reshaping and smoothing out any unevenness among them, so that they improve in alignment and occlusion, in addition to having a set of teeth that are more even.
If you have chipped or gaps between your teeth, the dentist may combine two procedures; reshaping the teeth and bonding the tooth-colored resin material that conforms to the teeth and matches their natural appearance.
On the other hand, the teeth reshaping procedure takes about 30 minutes approximately, while it may take an additional 30 to 60 minutes if a bonding procedure with resin material is also done along with reshaping.
Dental care tips after Enameloplasty
To maintain positive results and the desired appearance after reshaping your teeth and getting rid of the imperfections that bothered you, you should take good care of them and follow the instructions of your dentist.
The most important ways of maintaining the teeth after reshaping include avoiding biting nails, eating hard foods, and chewing hard substances, especially if you have undergone a resin bonding procedure, despite its hardening during the process, it is still at risk of being chipped or cracked.
In addition, there is a possibility of teeth discoloration, so we advise you to clean your teeth with a brush and toothpaste at least twice a day, in addition to reducing the consumption of foods and drinks that have staining properties, such as coffee and tea.
In conclusion, Enameloplasty can fix many dental problems such as breakage, cracks, or misalignment through simple and easy procedures, making it a low-cost alternative that improves the appearance of your smile and increases your self-confidence.
However, this cosmetic procedure is not suitable for everyone, as its application depends on the health of the gums and teeth, so a dentist may suggest another procedure to improve your smile, such as orthodontics or veneers.
If you are interested in finding out how suitable a teeth reshaping is for you, contact us today at Opal Dental Clinics, and book an appointment with one of the most experienced cosmetic dentists in Turkey, to determine the appropriate type.
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