Are you worried about what your smile says about you? No need to worry any longer. Braces, although effective in straightening teeth, are expensive and time-consuming. A better alternative: teeth contouring. This safe, painless solution can give you a smile you’ve always wanted in a matter of weeks.

Teeth Contouring and Reshaping: Benefits You Need to Know

1 – Alters the Shape or Size of Teeth to Improve Appearance

As its name suggests, teeth contouring is a form of orthodontic treatment used to alter the size or shape of teeth. It’s a fast, safe and effective alternative to braces. Teeth contouring is done by a cosmetic dentist who will shape or contour the teeth by removing, or shaving off, parts of the enamel. The dentist does this by applying a high-speed drill to the surface of the teeth. This results in the desired shape and size alteration. Teeth contouring can also be used to correct spacing issues, improve the bite and bring the teeth into proper alignment. While it can be used on all teeth, it’s typically done on the front teeth.

2 – It Is Minimally Invasive

The main benefit of teeth contouring is that it’s a minimally invasive way to reshape your teeth. Traditional orthodontic treatment, especially braces, can be invasive, especially for adults. Braces can be uncomfortable and can take months to adjust to. With teeth contouring, the amount of tooth reduction is lessened, which makes the process easier for patients. What’s more, teeth contouring can be done in just one visit, unlike braces which may need several visits to make an impact.

3 – It Can Be Used on All Types of Teeth

Unlike some alternative orthodontic treatments, teeth contouring is suitable for all types of teeth, including teeth that have had previous dental work done. As your cosmetic dentist will use high-speed rotating tools to reshape the teeth, there is no need to be concerned that your current dental work will be affected in any way.

4 – It’s Safe and Painless

Another positive aspect of teeth contouring is that it’s safe and painless. The tooth surface isn’t damaged in any way during the teeth contouring treatment. To perform the teeth contouring procedure, the dentist will apply topical anesthesia to the areas around the teeth. Then the dentist will use a handpiece to apply high-speed rotation so the desired shape or size of the teeth can be achieved.

5 – It Has No Side Effects

Unlike traditional orthodontic treatment, teeth contouring doesn’t have any negative side effects. Although the process can be slightly uncomfortable, the dentist will be able to control the pain using topical anesthesia. After completing the teeth contouring, the treatment is almost always complete, and there is little to no post-operative care required.


If you’re looking to enhance the appearance of your smile, teeth contouring is an effective and minimally invasive treatment option. It can be used to correct spacing issues or create a new smile you’ve always wanted. It’s also a great alternative to traditional orthodontic treatments, such as braces.

If you have any questions or would like to see teeth contouring before and after photos, come to Chelmsford Dental Specialists Group. We are dedicated and committed to helping patients improve and maintain their oral health and their smile in the process.