How Veneers Can Restore Teeth Damaged By Botched Dental Contouring

An uneven smile caused by oddly shaped or sized teeth can put a big dent in your confidence and may affect your ability to eat or speak clearly. Dental contouring can be a highly effective way to correct problems with uneven or misaligned teeth. Unfortunately, just like any other medical procedure, dental contouring doesn't always go to plan.

What Happens When Dental Contouring Goes Wrong?

During a dental contouring procedure, a cosmetic dentist will shave a small amount of enamel from the surfaces of your teeth. Removing small amounts of enamel can reduce the size of overly large teeth, straighten the edges of jagged or misshapen teeth, and smooth out small surface cracks and chips in your tooth enamel. It can also be used to correct teeth that overlap slightly.

When performed by a trained and certified cosmetic dentist, dental contouring is a very safe, painless procedure. However, poor-quality cosmetic dentists can accidentally remove too much enamel from your teeth during a contouring procedure.

The increasing popularity of dental tourism may be making botched contouring procedures more common. While cosmetic dental procedures can be much cheaper in other countries than they are in the US, many of these countries have lower standards of care and allow poorly trained or unlicensed cosmetic dentists to operate with impunity. You may have seen dental tourism horror stories in the news or on social media.

If too much enamel is removed from your teeth during a contouring procedure, your teeth may end up looking unusually small or widely spaced — not exactly the boost to your confidence you were hoping for.

To make matters worse, removing too much enamel leaves the remaining enamel thin, weak, and vulnerable. Badly contoured teeth may be more vulnerable to accidental damage and tooth decay. The loss of insulating enamel also leaves the nerves inside your teeth more exposed to hot and cold temperatures, so your damaged teeth may become very sensitive.

How Can Veneers Fix Badly Contoured Teeth?

If you have recently had a dental contouring procedure that was obviously botched, you should visit a high-quality cosmetic dentist as soon as possible for a full examination. Your dentist will assess the scale of the damage and can offer a range of restoration treatments that will repair and strengthen your mistreated teeth.

Dental veneers are one of the most effective ways to restore teeth damaged by poor dental contouring. Veneers are essentially hollow tooth 'shells', which are designed to look identical to healthy, natural teeth. They are slotted over your damaged teeth, and fixed in place using strong, long-lasting dental adhesives.

Veneers can effectively restore the appearance of your damaged teeth. Because veneers are crafted individually for each patient, they can be specially designed to fix problems caused by low-quality contouring. For example, wider veneers can be used to fill gaps between teeth left by excessive enamel removal. 

Because veneers completely enclose your damaged teeth, they also provide an additional layer of physical protection. If contouring has left your natural tooth enamel thin and fragile, veneers can protect it from further damage or tooth decay.  They can also help to reduce any dental sensitivity you may be suffering from. 

For more info about dental veneers, contact a local company.