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What is an Enameloplasty Procedure?


Enameloplasty” is a cosmetic dental procedure where the size and shape of tooth is changed on tooth’s enamel surface. Its also called as cosmetic contouring or odontoplasty. In cases of minor crowding, minor crookedness in teeth, minor alterations or cosmetic conturing; Enameloplasty can be done. However, it involves removing or adding a small amount of the natural tooth enamel in order to improve the shape and symmetry of a person’s smile. Hence, depending on what your dentist does, the procedure might be called: Odontoplasty, tooth reshaping, or tooth shaving! The basic indications of enameloplasty are:

  1. Firstly, change the minor height differences in the tooth.
  2. To remove the irregularities caused by fluorosis.
  3. To correct a small chipped tooth.
  4. Make smile look younger.
  5. Correcting smile after orthodontics.

Procedure of Enameloplasty Cosmetic Treatment:

Patient visited just few days before her wedding with a chipped front tooth which made her smile incomplete.

Does it hurt?

During an Enameloplasty procedure, your dentist will use a drill or burr or polisher, to gently contour the tooth into the desired shape. However, tooth enamel does not contain nerves so there is no pain unless you have extreme sensitivity.

Is it quick?

The dentist removes so little of the enamel during an Enameloplasty procedure therefore, it typically takes only a few minutes on the chair side. There’s no recovery time or discomfort post-treatment.

Is it Painful

In most cases, no anaesthesia or numbing agents are given. Similarly, there can be minor sensitivity for a period of 4 to 6 weeks after the treatment procedure in extreme cases.

Removing of tooth is required?

No, in cosmetic contouring the tooth never removed. In fact only minor grinding of the top surface of the tooth done to reshape it.

How is enameloplasty performed?

Using an instrument such as a burr, drill, or sanding disc; your dentist will remove enamel to shape and contour a tooth to the desired appearance. However, once the tooth is shaped to the desired appearance, your dentist will polish it.

Do you get enameloplasty after Invisalign?

Look for an experienced cosmetic dentist? Schedule an appointment for a consultation to discuss your options for tooth contouring (enameloplasty) after you complete Invisalign treatment.

Subtle corrections for bride-to-be can enhance looks and confidence.

What will exactly be done to my front teeth?

The dentist uses the air rotor with high flow water and suction. This air rotor has a bur attached to it. Depending in the experience of the dentist different burs can used. These burs then placed on the surface of the tooth and then the tooth reshape. The dentist using their aesthetic sense and the certain principles like the golden proportion, and aesthetic smile designing. Above all, cosmetic Contouring is one of the least aggressive forms of treatment.

Am I the right patient for Enameloplasty?

In conclusion, if you have very minor crooked teeth or recent stains then you could be a candidate for cosmetic contouring. However, a professional opinion may require. You also can schedule a consulting appointment for the same. Therefore, the time taken for the complete procedure is around 20 to 35 minutes and one visit only. Sometimes a second visit maybe required if the patient wants more changes.

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