Cosmetic Contouring

Teeth reshaping is one of the most cost-effective ways of fixing small oral imperfections such as chipped, uneven, or misaligned teeth.

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping

Also called an enameloplasty, cosmetic dental contouring is a very simple procedure.

One of our friendly and highly skilled dentists will use small drills or lasers to remove some of your teeth’s enamel to alter their shape and length.

If you are considering cosmetic treatments to improve the appearance of your smile book a consultation today to discuss your options with one of our experienced dentists.

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Why do my teeth need to be reshaped?

Tooth reshaping is ideal for anyone who is self-conscious or unhappy about their smile or the appearance of their teeth.

If you have one or a couple of teeth that have a jagged edge or a little chip, then tooth contouring can provide a quick and easy corrective solution.

Also, if you are suffering from bite problems or your teeth are misaligned then tooth contouring might also be an easy way to solve your issues.

Cosmetic contouring is suitable for very minor changes to the teeth.

So, if your teeth are very crooked, crowded or misaligned, then opting for another kind of cosmetic procedure might be a more effective way of achieving your dream results.

The dental contouring procedure: A step-by-step guide

  1. Prior to treatment, an X-ray will be taken of your teeth to analyse the amount of pulp in each tooth.
  2. This helps to ensure that there is enough bone between the teeth to support them once they have been filed down.
  3. One of our dentists will remove tooth enamel with a small laser or drill.
  4. This process will even out long teeth and reshape badly shaped teeth for proper bite and alignment.
  5. The whole procedure is completed in just 30 minutes.
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Tooth reshaping with veneers

  • Pairing tooth reshaping with veneers can help improve the shape of the teeth and fill in chips in your teeth to prepare them for veneers.
  • Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells that are custom-made to fit over the surface of the teeth to make them appear whiter, straighter, and more even.
  • Evening out the teeth with reshaping before the veneers are placed will allow the veneers to bond securely with the teeth. This will make for a stronger set of veneers.

Read more about the benefits of veneers.

Additional treatments

Dental contouring is often combined with other cosmetic treatments

award winning dentist SurreyBecause dental reshaping is a very minor procedure, it is often combined with other cosmetic treatments such as bonding, veneers, and even orthodontic treatments.

Combining bonding or veneers with cosmetic contouring can help fill in chips and gaps between your teeth, so your smile is much more even and aligned.

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Is contouring damaging for your teeth?

Tooth reshaping is a safe minor procedure. for your cosmetic contouring to be successful, you will need to have normal and healthy teeth.

If significant amounts of enamel are removed then the teeth can become weaker, so tooth reshaping procedures should be limited to minor changes in the teeth’s appearance.

Advantages of tooth reshaping

  • Cosmetic dental contouring is a quick and convenient minor procedure.
  • No anaesthetic is needed for the removal of enamel.
  • Dental reshaping can improve oral health, remove plaque build-up, which reduces the risk of gum disease.
  • It can be an affordable alternative to other cosmetic treatments such as braces, veneers, and bonding.

However, it is important to remember that contouring is only effective with very minor changes.

It is most commonly used in combination with other treatments for more significant enhancements.

Because the tooth’s enamel is removed, dentin is exposed with may make your teeth more prone to sensitivity.

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How much does tooth contouring cost in the UK?

Tooth contouring in London costs around £150-£300 per tooth, and this may vary depending on the number of teeth you need reshaping, the clinic you choose, and whether you are combining it with other cosmetic treatments.

Here at the Gentle Dental Clinic, we believe in offering the best treatments without compromising on the quality of care or treatment.

Our easy payment plans offer 0% finance on our cosmetic procedures. Find out more.

Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
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18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
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12:06 03 Nov 22
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14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
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15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
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Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
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07:11 06 Nov 21
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11:35 11 Oct 21
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08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
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17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!

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