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Are you embarrassed to smile? Whether it is a chipped tooth, long canines, or an irregularly shaped tooth, you may find yourself giving a close-lipped grin in family photos. However, there is a solution and it is called dental contouring.

Dental contouring (also known as tooth reshaping) is one of the simplest and most inexpensive cosmetic dentistry procedure. A dentist sands away a small amount of your tooth enamel in order to sculpt and smooth the tooth into a straighter shape. This procedure does not require anesthesia, and the only side effect is tooth sensitivity (which will usually go away after a few days).

Dental contouring fixes minor cosmetic issues such as chips, pits, long teeth, bulges, slightly crooked or overlapping teeth, and even some bite problems. If the cosmetic issue is too extreme, then more invasive procedures such as applying veneers or orthodontia may be the only solution. But otherwise, dental contouring is the way to go.

Do you qualify for this procedure? Ask your dentist if you do. If you suffer from unhealthy gums or tooth decay, you may not be eligible for a dental contouring procedure at this time. But otherwise, you will be able to let your smile shine with dental contouring.