How to Make Sharp “Vampire” Teeth More Attractive
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When you smile, do you have concerns over dental stains, crooked or misaligned teeth, or teeth that are longer and pointier than others? Teeth whitening and orthodontics are common cosmetic treatments provided for patients looking to make their smile more attractive. But what should be done to correct overly long canine teeth?
At Hada Family Dental, we understand that having long and sharp canine teeth, also known as “vampire teeth,” can cause embarrassment or make you feel self-conscious when you smile or speak. For such cases, we provide tooth contouring to gently sculpt and reshape teeth.
To find out more information about how tooth contouring can benefit you, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hada.
What are Tooth Contouring and Dental Bonding?
Although having overly long or sharp-looking canine teeth is not a health concern, it can be aesthetically unappealing for patients. People who are unhappy with their smile have a tendency to feel awkward when they laugh, smile, or talk.
Tooth contouring, often referred to as tooth reshaping, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that involves gently reshaping and smoothing the tooth’s enamel to instantly reveal a more symmetrical and attractive smile. Tooth contouring can be paired with dental bonding, a procedure that involves using tooth-colored composite resin to add tooth structure, which is appropriate to treat chips or gaps between teeth.
With both of these procedures, no anesthesia is required in most cases, and you can easily and affordably change the size, shape, and texture of your teeth. In most cases, your procedure will be performed in one office visit. To administer multiple cosmetic procedures, such as a dental crown or porcelain veneers, may take a few office visits.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Before beginning your procedure, Dr. Hada will perform a thorough exam and take x-rays to make sure your teeth qualify for tooth contouring and/or dental bonding. He will also listen to your aesthetic concerns and treatment goals, making sure you are comfortable with the treatment plan outlined. For some patients, choosing to combine several procedures into one for an entire smile makeover is more beneficial.
During your tooth contouring procedure, Dr. Hada will trim away a minimal amount of enamel to gently reshape the sharp edges of your canine teeth. This will reveal instantaneous results. Next, he will check your bite for proper alignment and then smooth and polish the teeth.
If you combine contouring with dental bonding, Dr. Hada will apply putty-like tooth-colored composite resin to fill in chips, create a veneer that improves a tooth’s color, or make teeth wider to close a large gap. He will use a curing light to harden the resin and then polish the tooth for a more attractive smile. If there is any discoloration, you may want to professionally whiten your teeth beforehand.
Caring for Your Smile
After treatment, you will notice a straighter and whiter smile, as well as increased self-confidence. Compared to other cosmetic treatments, tooth contouring and dental bonding provide fast and affordable results.
To help maintain your smile, it is important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Because teeth that have been bonded are at a higher risk for chipping and staining, for long-lasting results we recommend:
- Avoid chewing your fingernails.
- Avoid biting on pens and other hard objects.
- Avoid eating hard foods.
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid drinks that can stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine. (Or you may drink them through a straw.)
Call Us Today
At Hada Family Dental, we look forward to helping you achieve a more attractive smile. If you are interested in reshaping teeth for esthetics, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 to schedule your consultation.