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What Is Enameloplasty? Answering Common FAQs

Enameloplasty, also known as “tooth shaping and contouring” is a common dental treatment,  and can be used to create a more even, beautiful, and shapely smile. Not sure what it involves, how it works, or if enameloplasty at Dodds Dental is right for you? In this blog, we’ll take a look at the basics of enameloplasty, and answer a few common FAQs about this procedure.

What Is Enameloplasty?

Enameloplasty is a cosmetic dental treatment that involves using a specialized buffing tool to reshape your teeth. This tool uses a high-speed abrasive tip that gently removes a thin layer of enamel. Dr. Emily or Dr. Dustin Dodds will use this tool to remove a variety of imperfections and improve the overall appearance of your teeth. 

While this treatment is sometimes used on its own, it’s more common for it to be used alongside dental bonding and other cosmetic treatments. The result of an enameloplasty is a smile that looks straight, even, and beautiful. 

What Can Enameloplasty Treat?

Enameloplasty is intended to treat healthy teeth that have very minor imperfections and flaws. For example, it may be used to reshape a pointy tooth so that it fits in with the rest of your mouth. It’s mostly used on the front teeth, but can be used elsewhere in some situations.

Enameloplasty is also often used to treat uneven or irregularly-shaped teeth, contouring and reshaping their appearance so that they fit in with the nearby teeth. It’s also sometimes used to remove very small chips and imperfections from the surface of the tooth. 

What Is The Enameloplasty Process? 

It usually takes less than 30 minutes to treat your smile with enameloplasty, though this depends on the extent of the flaws in your smile and how many teeth are being treated.

To begin the process, Dr. Emily or Dr. Dustin will mark the areas of your tooth that need to be trimmed and adjusted. Then, they will use a special buffing tool to contour the tooth, remove any unnecessary material, and provide you with a smooth, even, and beautiful smile that’s free of points, uneven teeth, minor chips, and other such flaws.

Does Enameloplasty Damage My Teeth?

No. While enameloplasty does involve removing a small amount of enamel, the extent of the procedure is very limited. The process is very gentle, and will not affect the structural integrity of your teeth at all. 

In fact, numbing is not even required, since this treatment uses a gentle dental tool and only affects the outermost layer of the front tooth’s structure. Rest assured that after your treatment, your teeth will be just as strong and healthy as they were before the enameloplasty procedure. 

Interested In Improving Your Smile With Enameloplasty? Contact Dodds Dental

As experienced Long Beach cosmetic dentists, Dr. Dustin and Dr. Emily Dodds can help you explore your options for restoring and improving your smile. Whether you’re interested in enameloplasty or think you may require additional treatment like veneers or dental bonding, our team is here to help.

Ready to get started and explore your options for a better smile in Long Beach? Contact us online or call Dodds Dental at (562) 439-0754 to schedule an appointment and get started today.

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