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Tooth Recontouring Offers Fast Aesthetic Results

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Establishing correct symmetry by recontouring from one side of the mouth to the other is one of the goals that Dr. Cohan aims for when she is working to create a beautiful smile for her patients.

However, it is not uncommon for one or two teeth to have asymmetrical qualities or uneven edges, which causes them to stand out from the rest of the teeth in the mouth. Tooth recontouring is a remedy that is prompt, does not cause discomfort, and can be done quickly.

Sometimes the most inconspicuous and unobtrusive modifications to our teeth are the ones that end up having the greatest impact on the way our smile looks. Tooth contouring, on the other hand, comes into play precisely at this point.

What exactly does "Tooth Recontouring" mean?

During a conservative therapy known as tooth recontouring, Dr. Cohan will use a small instrument to carefully buff away a little layer of enamel on each tooth. Depending on your preferences, it will either shorten the tooth or make it smoother by thinning or reducing the tooth structure at that area.

Tooth recontouring, on the other hand, typically does not require any kind of numbing medication, in contrast to receiving a dental filling or veneer. This treatment is considered less invasive since it only affects the most superficial layer of enamel of the tooth. However, if you have acute tooth hypersensitivity, Dr. Cohan is able to anesthetize your teeth in order to perform the procedure if it becomes necessary.

The process of recontouring a tooth takes only a few moments to complete. Due to the streamlined nature of the procedure, you will typically be in and out of the building in considerably less than an hour. It's likely that you'll spend more time conversing with our team and appreciating the results than you will going through the process itself.

When Dr. Cohan is placing other aesthetic restorations for greater overall smile symmetry, he might wish to recontour a tooth in order to address particular concerns that have arisen.

When Should You Get Your Teeth Recontoured?

Again, while we work to build a healthy and appealing symmetry in your smile, certain teeth may stick out more than others. This is perfectly normal. Especially in cases when the enamel's edges are jagged, chipped, have a lumpy appearance, or are lengthier than those of their neighbors.

If it is not dangerous to shorten the length of the enamel in that area, then we can lightly buff away a little layer of the tooth in order to make the overall structure more symmetrical with the teeth that are adjacent to it.

Because it involves only a little amount of tissue removal, recontouring is an attractive alternative to more involved cosmetic operations. Especially in cases where the only defects to be addressed are very minor ones, such as uneven enamel. Even though we are polishing away particular parts of the tooth during the recontouring process, technically speaking, this procedure is more conservative than having dental veneers or crowns placed over the tooth.

If you have only one or two teeth that are causing you worry, uneven tooth edges that make your teeth stand out, or asymmetrical tooth shapes across your smile, Dr. Cohan may propose that you have tooth recontouring done.

  • Enamel that is slightly chipped but does not need to be bonded; • Enamel that is rough and irritates your lips, cheeks, or tongue; • Teeth that are more prominent than others
  • There are recent restorations on the teeth that are adjacent, and the tooth in question has to blend in with them. 

Comparing Dental Bonding with Tooth Recontouring

When we talk about changing the form of a tooth on the same day, we almost always mean to discuss cosmetic bonding as the treatment option. Bonding and recontouring, on the other hand, are virtually polar opposites of one another.

Bonding is a procedure that covers and re-builds tooth surfaces in areas where there are aesthetic differences by using composite materials that are tooth-colored. Such as enamel that is pitted and stained, as well as little chips and cracks in the teeth. It strengthens the teeth, in a sense, or it conceals certain problems. Dr. Cohan chooses a composite material that is a close match to the color of the tooth and then manually moulds it to cover the problematic area.

Tooth recontouring, on the other hand, has the opposite effect: it lessens the thickness of the enamel and changes its shape in certain spaces. We are able to restructure the tooth so that it appears more level with its neighbors by rounding off any irregular edges that it may have. There is no need for any additional materials (such a composite, for example).

Bonding and recontouring are both one-visit treatments that, in most cases, do not require any kind of numbing medication to be carried out.

It is also important to note that while it is possible to bleach a tooth that has been recontoured, bleaching a tooth that has been bonded requires the bonding to be replaced in order to match the whiter color of the enamel. The tooth will not become whiter along with the bonding material.

Results on the Same Day

There are a few cosmetic procedures that can be performed, and the results can be seen immediately or within the same day. Composite bonding, in-office bleaching, and, in this particular instance, tooth recontouring are all examples of similar procedures.

Even better, the procedure does not require any downtime or healing process after it is completed on a patient's teeth. When you look in the mirror for the first time after Dr. Cohan has finished the procedure, you will notice that your tooth looks completely different.

Tooth recontouring is a technique that is frequently disregarded, despite the fact that it can make improvements to the appearance of the teeth that are both subtle and significant. However, the efficacy of the procedure is something that can have a significant influence on the appearance of your smile in just a single day.

The Best in Cosmetic Dentistry in Summerlin

Dr. Cohan is widely considered to be among the most knowledgeable and accomplished cosmetic dentists in the Las Vegas area. At Summerlin Dental Solutions, we are firm believers in providing individualized care that improves the oral health and overall appearance of our patients without altering their unique characteristics. If you feel that tooth recontouring is the best option for you or if you would want to look into other possibilities, we will be more than pleased to assist you.

Get in touch with us as soon as possible to schedule your smile evaluation with Dr. Cohan.





Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.


With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.



851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160
851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160