If your teeth are cracked, chipped, discolored, or if they are not the shape you want them to be, tooth contouring or reshaping is an alternative way of changing their appearance.
First, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area, then remove small amounts of enamel to help with adhesion. Then, your dentist will apply an adhesive resin to your teeth and use UV light to harden the resin. Once hardened, a very fine abrasive is used to polish the tooth and to remove the excess.
Tooth contouring and reshaping can result in a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your teeth. In the case of more severe issues, your dentist may need to take X-rays and perform a CT scan to make sure that the underlying structure of your teeth would not be compromised during treatment.