Enameloplasty is a long, strange word for a fairly simple and routine cosmetic procedure. It involves removing a small amount of the natural tooth enamel in order to improve the shape and symmetry of a person’s smile. Depending on what doctor you go to, the procedure might be called something different including: odontoplasty, tooth reshaping, or tooth shaving.
In most cases, an Enameloplasty done for aesthetic reasons. It can be used to even out chipped teeth or to improve overall symmetry. Even after orthodontics or other cosmetic dental services, some people still have somewhat uneven smiles. Enameloplasty procedures can help make those tiny changes that can lead to large improvements aesthetically.
During an Enameloplasty procedure, your dentist will use a drill or burr to gently contour the tooth into the desired shape. Tooth enamel does not contain nerves so there is no pain.
The dentist removes so little of the enamel during an Enameloplasty procedure that it typically takes only a few minutes. There’s no recovery time or discomfort post-treatment.
Enameloplasty procedures are typically purely cosmetic which means insurance will not cover it.