Enameloplasty is a conservative procedure that is commonly used to smooth, shape, or recontour edges of teeth to increase the overall appearance. Enameloplasty is a simple procedure that does not require the use of any anesthetic. It can be performed in office and in a procedure that takes less than 30 minutes.
Enameloplasty is often best performed at the completion of your orthodontic treatment. As your teeth move into their new position, some of the wear marks related to your original malocclusion can begin to show, making your teeth appear uneven. Enameloplasty can be used to re-shape and even out those edges that appear abnormal.
Consult with your orthodontist as you get closer to completing your orthodontic treatment to see if enameloplasty is the right choice for you. Below is a list of some of the common reasons for considering enameloplasty:
- Uneven or worn edges
- Misshapen teeth
- Small chips on the edges
- Small imperfections
Enameloplasty is performed using a small sanding disc or a fine diamond bur to take small amounts of enamel off of the tooth surface. Enameloplasty is generally pain free and requires no after-care.
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