Can tooth contouring or reshaping fix crooked teeth without getting braces?

Small change. You can't recon tour the teeth too much or you will cause damage. Contouring usually only takes place on the edges and not on the front of the teeth. So you can expect very small changes by contouring the teeth. Best to get an orthodontic evaluation to see your options for straightening your teeth.
Depends. The most common use of tooth contouring is to correct the length of the front teeth, particularly the canines. Orthodontists frequently reduce the width of the teeth to make space to reduce crowding. Removing enamel to improve cosmetics may interfere in healthy chewing. The purpose of braces is to create a healthy bite so you can chew well. We are lucky that good cosmetics happens also.
Partly. Depending on the degree of malalignment, cosmetic contouring of enamel only can give the illusion of tooth straightening, but usually only with minimal cases.
Depends on severity. Mild malposition can be disguised by doing cosmetic surgery, reshaping the teeth. Moderate to severe malposition can be somewhat disguised by caps or veneers, but this requires even more tooth surgery. Best scenario is to put teeth ion optimum positions non-surgically (orthodontic rx), which will minimize the amount and maintenance requirements of the surgical approach.

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Can tooth contouring be used to fix crooked teeth without braces? I have what I feel like are not very crooked teeth, and would like to know if tooth contouring might be an acceptable alternative to full braces when it comes to getting straight teeth? .

Tooth . Tooth contouring is very limited. If all you need is very minor correction, such as jagged incisal edges and uneven ones, it might work very well. Your dentist might want to make study models of your teeth and you can see exactly how much will have to be removed. Orthodontics is almost always the preferred way of correcting tooth malposition. It is also the best modality to position the teeth into a healthy relationship that allows you to clean between the teeth in the most effective manner. Tooth contouring is also irreversible. Make sure that what you want the dentist to do is the proper procedure. Best of luck, dr. Zev kaufman. Read more...
Minor . Minor corrections can be made by contouring teeth but if the corrections are significant it would require removal of too much enamel. Orthodontic treatment is indicated in these cases. Be certain to plan out any changes before you start. Read more...
Depending . Depending on your needs, other alternatives to "full" braces are limited treatment for just cosmetic alignment of a few teeth, or using clear braces or other less noticeable systems for aligning the teeth. Tooth recontouring and restoration sometimes can be done, but it is hard to say what would be the appropriate situation for your needs. I would recommend getting a consultation with an orthodontist as well as your own dentist to discuss the options in more detail and how each would be specific to your case. After that, you should be able to make an informed decision of the best way for you to proceed. Read more...
Tooth . Tooth contouring or tooth shaping as i like to call it can be used to make teeth appear more straight. In some cases, tooth shaping combined with white or resin fillings can be a conservative way to make teeth appear straighter. I suggest you talk to your dentist about what options he or she recommends to improve your smile. Read more...
Aligning . Aligning crooked teeth by contouring is very limited. If you have only minor misalignment a combination of contouring and bonding is possible and inexpensive. However, most of the time, orthodontics (braces) is a better and healthier option as contouring is irreversible-once part of the tooth is removed it's gone. Other options that would bypass the need for braces could include componeers or porcelain veneers. Again, these are more invasive procedures. Read more...
Unlikely. If your teeth are basically straight, but look uneven due to slight variations in vertical height, it is possible to "recontour" the edges to be more "in line", one must wear a retainer to make sure these reduced teeth do not move "up" again. This is a very rare scenario, but if it exists, it is one way to make it look better. Orthodontics is almost always preferred. Read more...
Caution. Cutting-up teeth may not be best choice. Seek an opinion with an orthodontic specialist first to see if there are simple solutions to your specific situation. It may not require full braces to correct. Read more...
Limited application. Surgery (reshaping a tooth) can be done in cases of minimal tooth malposition. 1. Ask your dentist to do a wax-up of what you will look like after reshaping (there will be a charge). 2. See an orthodontist to learn if correcting your malocclusion would be beneficial esthetically and functionally. Once you have all the facts you can make an informed decision. Read more...

If you have crooked teeth what can you do to get it fix? Besides getting braces and invisalign

Magic. Sorry... Really there is no magic. However, braces come in many forms, including clear braces and also braces that go behind the teeth. If you dont want braces, then removable appliances are the way to go. The most popular removable appliance is invisalign, but there are also other forms such as crozat, positioners, and spring aligners. Check with your orthodontist to see which is right for you. Read more...
Least invasive.. Ortho braces and invisalign are the least invasive ways to straighten crooked teeth. Advanced cosmetic dentistry procedure like veneers and crowns can also give the result of 'straight teeth', but it will likely be more expensive than orthodontic braces or invisalign. Consult with a dentist. Read more...
Braces. Best way, straighten teeth/jaws w braces (see an orthodontic specialist). More than 90% effective. 2nd best, invisalign. In the hands of an orthodontic specialist, 41% effective. Less effective in hands of generalist. 3rd best, surgery. Reshape the crowns of the teeth without straightening the roots. This is camouflage, looks better but doesn't "fix" malalignment, and costs more than 1 or 2. Read more...
See an orthodontist. Braces and/or invisalign are the best modes to straighten crooked teeth. Cosmetic solutions such as crowns and veneers can camouflage some crooked teeth but won't change the root position or the overall malocclusion. Since most orthodontists offer free consultations i would suggest that you see one of your choice and they will tell you your options. Read more...
Orthodontist. Can discuss with you options, but different types of braces and/or invisalign are indeed the most common solutions. Read more...

Can tooth contouring fix crooked teeth? If I have some teeth that are just very slightly crooked, can I fix them with tooth contouring rather than something else? .

Tooth . Tooth contouring is "entry level" cosmetic dentistry. It is limited and irreverssible. Invisalign is a much better alternative, yet more expensive. Read more...
If . If the corrections are minor contouring may help. If the corrections are more significant, orthodontics may be necessary. How much correction and how critical you are as to the final result will determine the correct course of action. Read more...
There . There are a lot of questions about crooked teeth in this forum. I guess it is a very popular treatment although i dont do a lot of it myself. Slightly crooked teeth can be modified by simple contouring. Certainly nothing can be added to straighten the teeth, and the procedure is quite limited in what it can achieve. Bonding, veneers, crowns or orthodontics are more definitive ways to straighten teeth. Read more...
Camouflage . Reshaping a tooth does not "straighten" the tooth. It makes the tooth look less crooked, but does nothing to change the shape of the root. Reshaping can cause untoward forces on the twisted tooth, and can make it harder to clean. Additionally if restorations required, you then have a lifetime of maintenance. Best solution, straighten the teeth. Second best, reshape the teeth. Seek consults. Read more...
Tooth contouring. Tooth contouring is a cosmetic procedure to give the appearance of straighter teeth. Success depends on how crooked your teeth are and what outcome you are seeking. Since it involves removing enamel, it is not reversible. Your dentist can trim models of your teeth to show you what the teeth will look like after they are contoured. Read more...

Do you think I should get braces to fix 1 crooked tooth and a bad bite?

Yes! Improving the position of your teeth, even if it is only 1 crooked tooth, will allow you to optimize your dental health and prevent more shifting and bite problems. Go for it! Read more...
Perhaps. Fixing one tooth is a far different story than correcting a bad bite. Make up your mind. One is cosmetic and the other is functional. If the bad bite will cause you to lose teeth in the future and/or it bothers you then get it fixed. No one can make this decision for you because it involves time and finances. Read more...
Braces. You need to talk over the pros and cons of braces with your dentist/orthodontist. Straight teeth are easier to clean, less likely to wear, and less likely to cause pain from a bad bite. All of these thngs lead to fewer dental problems later on. If you have time and resources and are motivated to go through with braces, do it. Only you can make the final decision. Read more...
Seek consultation. The 1 crooked tooth may be symptomatic of a more involved problem. If other teeth have shifted because 1 is out of line it would explain your "bad bite." ask your dentist to refer you to a qualified orthodontic specialist for examination and recommendations. The orthodontist and the restorative dentist can team up to provide you with a superlative result. Read more...