Invisalign is a great choice for straightening your teeth, but it can't reshape them. If you have some very small or oddly shaped teeth, you may not be able to receive treatment with Invisalign. However, you may be able to treat these teeth with a dental crown or dental adhesive. Most orthodontists use software models to decide the amount of dental shaving needed to achieve ideal results. Your orthodontist will shave a small amount of enamel, usually a fraction of a millimeter, to ensure that teeth look aesthetically pleasing once they are moved to their positions.
This is known as tooth contouring or remodeling and is one of the most convenient and cost-effective options for repairing chipped, uneven, or misaligned teeth to create a more attractive smile. Dentists can combine shaping or contouring teeth with a treatment called adhesion, which involves applying resin to improve the overall appearance of the teeth. The best teeth for this type of procedure are usually the front teeth. Cosmetic tooth remodeling is also a permanent procedure, as when tooth enamel is removed, it doesn't have the capacity to grow back. Tooth remodeling removes small amounts of tooth enamel to change the shape, length, or surface of one or more teeth.
This cosmetic dentistry technique is generally used to correct crooked, chipped, cracked, or even overlapping teeth. Sometimes this procedure is even a substitute for orthodontic appliances. At first, people find the idea of shaving their teeth to make adjustments during Invisalign treatment a little intimidating, and it can cause some people to be scared. Shaving your teeth or filing them to correct overcrowding is a fairly common practice in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. To get the best results from your Invisalign treatment and ensure that your smile looks its best after treatment, find an experienced cosmetic dentist and schedule an appointment for a consultation to discuss your dental contouring (enamel) options after completing your Invisalign treatment.