• Ocean Breeze Dental Care

A simple procedure for straighter and more evenly shaped teeth

Dr. Travis Lee at Ocean Breeze Dental Care has over 20-years experience performing teeth contouring and reshaping for patients who want straighter and more evenly shaped teeth to correct minor imperfections such as overlapping, chipped or cracked teeth. Teeth contouring and reshaping removes a small amount of the tooth enamel to alter the shape, length and surface of the teeth. Patients with bumps or pits in the enamel or with overlapping teeth will experience improvement in gum health as this procedure will address the plaque and tartar in these areas. If the chips or cracks were due to grinding & clenching, Dr. Lee may recommend the patient to wear a night guard to protect their teeth from further damage. While it is a relatively conservative, cost-effective and quick procedure for drastically improving the appearance, Dr. Lee does not recommend this procedure for patients with thin enamel. For patients with thin or weak enamel as well as patients with more significant teeth imperfections, dental bonding and veneers are great options to achieve a healthy & beautiful smile. Please contact the knowledgeable & compassionate dental professionals serving Los Angeles, CA 90025 neighborhood to schedule a consultation and learn about which cosmetic dental procedure is best for you.


What Is Tooth Contouring and Reshaping?

Tooth reshaping is also known as dental contouring. Subtle changes in the shape, length and surface of the teeth is made possible with this cosmetic dental procedure in which small amounts of tooth enamel is removed to correct minor imperfections such as overlapping, chipped or cracked teeth. Even slight changes such as millimeters of reduction in the right place can improve the appearance drastically. The reshaping procedure can be combined with dental bonding, the process of using tooth-colored composite material for sculpting and shaping the teeth, for correcting more significant teeth imperfections.


What’s Involved in Tooth Reshaping and Dental Contouring?

Dr. Travis Lee uses x-ray images to diagnose the health of the teeth, pulp and enamel before recommending tooth reshaping and contouring as a cosmetic dental procedure to correct teeth imperfections. Once confirming the health of the teeth and enamel, Dr. Lee will mark the areas of teeth that need sculpting. A sanding instrument is used for eliminating imperfections from the surface of the teeth. As the procedure removes a small amount of enamel from the surface of teeth, tooth reshaping and contouring is a relatively painless procedure. Nevertheless, Dr. Lee recommends patients to find a dentist who will diagnose teeth & enamel health prior to the procedure as he does not recommend patients with weak or thin enamel to have teeth reshaping or dental contouring. Alternative cosmetic dental procedures include dental bonding and veneers for patients with weak or thin enamel as well as patients who have larger scale teeth imperfections.

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Please contact the knowledgeable & compassionate dental professionals serving the neighborhoods around Santa Monica, CA to schedule a consultation and learn whether teeth reshaping and dental contouring can help improve your oral health & beautiful smile!