Uneven Teeth Treatment


Treatment For Uneven Teeth

If a history of teeth grinding has left you with misshapen teeth, then there are treatments that can be carried out to improve the look of your smile. These treatments are not necessarily manageable for everyone, as a dentist will need to have something with which he or she can work, but for someone with superficial or mild damage there are some options which can be explored to get the best possible smile even after years of grinding your teeth. It should need to be said that these treatments will work best for you if you have already undergone treatment to stop Bruxism.

The most conservative, cheapest and in many cases the only necessary treatment for uneven teeth is recontouring. This treatment is also variously known as odontoplasty, enameloplasty, stripping and slenderizing. It is a fairly simple treatment which involves removing small amounts of enamel in order to change the surface, length or shape of the tooth and its stated goal is to give your smile more balance and integrity. The treatment is generally completely painless and the results are seen immediately. It need only take one fuss-free visit to a cosmetic dentist in order to be complete.

Recontouring is seen as a cosmetic treatment, but it has its benefits for general dental health as it will remove uneven surfaces, nooks and crannies into which plaque and tartar might ordinarily accumulate. As plaque and tartar can increase tooth decay, anything which prevents them from taking a chance to accumulate will be a beneficial action. Healthier teeth will also mean a healthier smile, so if you are considering treatment to improve the state of your teeth recontouring is definitely a process that you should consider.

There are some people who are not appropriate candidates for the treatment. In the case of extensive damage or imperfection – where there is a significant amount of the tooth missing – there is not enough for the dentist to work with, and other treatments may be explored. It may be necessary for the dentist to take an x-ray of your teeth, so as to get a clear picture of the thickness of the enamel and the size of the pulp of the teeth. If the enamel is too thin, or the pulp goes too close to the surface, then recontouring may not be possible.

Recontouring: What It Involves

If it is possible, then the process can normally be carried out with little delay and in one appointment. The procedure is simple, indeed it may even be familiar to anyone who has done much DIY around the home. The process is not dissimilar to sanding down a surface. The dentist will use a small sanding disc or a similar implement to simply smooth away small amounts of enamel in order to give the teeth back their shape. To get to any troublesome areas between the teeth, they may use a small strip of sandpaper to make fine adjustments.

Since there are no nerves in the enamel of the teeth, this is not a process that should require any kind of anaesthetic, although it may be offered for more extensive or complicated appointments. It is only if the pulp in the teeth or the gums might be breached that pain treatment will be required; it is the pulp that contains the blood vessels and nerves. After the sanding has been completed, the dentist will then finish off the process by polishing the treated teeth. The treatment is this simple; it should not take long or be too inconvenient.

Recontouring: Are There Any Risks?

In general, as long as you are careful after the restructuring treatment, there should be absolutely no reason to worry. It goes without saying that recontouring will thin the enamel layer on your teeth, and although the dentist will have consulted the x-ray to see how much he can safely take away, the recontoured tooth will have less enamel than it had to begin with. Without full after-care, this may lead to problems if the enamel gets any thinner (due to decay or impact – or indeed Bruxism) as the tooth will become highly sensitive – particularly to temperature and sugar.

You will not need to return to the dentist for specialist care or follow-up treatment – all you will need to do is take care of your teeth the way you are advised to even in the best case scenario. Brush your teeth as advised, floss when necessary and maintain a healthy diet and you will get the best out of the newly recontoured teeth. There are additional treatments that can be applied to make your teeth stronger, such as bonding or veneers, and if you want to have that extra bit of certainty then these are two options worth considering.

Although cosmetic dentistry has its share of critics, there are definitely appropriate applications of the practice, and someone who has lost tooth enamel or smile definition because of Bruxism will find that a number of these applications are right for them. It is worth visiting a cosmetic dentist or reading about your options online to see what can be done for you, especially if you have a long history of Bruxism which as left negative effects on your teeth. It’s not just about how pretty your smile looks, it can also increase the health of the teeth that make up that smile.

Cosmetic dentistry has become cheaper in recent years, and the number of treatments available has increased. It is now possible to have a veneer designed, milled and fitted in the one visit to your dentist where once it would have been a longer, more costly process that involved more preparation. This is good news for people who have seen their bite or their smile affected by a habit such as Bruxism. For people who have uneven teeth, it is no longer a matter of grinning (or not, as the case may be) and bearing it; now the problem can be swiftly repaired.

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