Sometimes our teeth are not shaped exactly as we would like them to be, and as such, seeing a cosmetic dentist is recommended. Recontouring is the process of reshaping crooked, chipped, or cracked teeth, oftentimes in just one appointment.

Recontouring involves subtle changes, and is mainly used to alter the shape or positioning of your teeth. Unlike some procedures in cosmetic dentistry, this is virtually a pain-free, simple procedure with minimal side effects.

While there are few side effects, we want our patients to be aware of any risks involved with this procedure. As such, we have put together a short list of the pros and cons of this dental procedure.


  • The procedure is quick, painless, and can be completed with only one visit to our office.
  • Recontouring requires only minor removal of enamel, meaning that you are not drastically altering the shape of your teeth. We gently contour your problem tooth in order to provide the exact shape that you desire.
  • Compared to other cosmetic dental procedures (such as veneers or Invisalign®), recontouring is an inexpensive procedure.


  • If your problem is caused by teeth grinding, then that issue needs to be addressed. Eventually your teeth will be uneven again due to constant grinding.
  • If you have a tooth that is severely decayed, recontouring is not the best option, as the tooth could crack or break during the procedure.
  • Recontouring is not likely to be covered by insurance, unless you have been involved in an accident and need the procedure.

Do you need tooth recontouring?

  • You have small imperfections that could be improved with a slight altering of your tooth enamel.
  • Your teeth and gums are healthy, and are not fragile or decaying.
  • You need a “quick fix,” and do not want to wait months in order to get the solution to your problem.

If the above points describe your situation, then you should discuss your recontouring options with Dr. Trent Smallwood of The Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts. We want to provide you with expert dental care to meet all of your needs. Call us today to schedule your appointment or consultation!

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