Aligning the tooth

To correct the shape and size of the tooth or to align the tooth is one of the cosmetic dental methods in which a small amount of enamel, i.e. the outer layer covering the tooth, is cut to correct the shape, height or surface of one or more teeth. Sometimes it is enough to cut a few millimeters of the tooth in the right place to make the tooth more beautiful. Correction of tooth shape and size is often done along with bonding. Bonding is another cosmetic dental procedure in which the shape of the tooth is modified using composites of the same color as the tooth. Shaping and aligning teeth is sometimes the first step in more expensive cosmetic dentistry, such as veneers, teeth whitening, and crown lengthening, which take months or even years to complete. But if you do not want to spend a lot of time and money on expensive cosmetic dental treatments, correcting the shape of the teeth and aligning the teeth will bring a beautiful smile on your lips.

Problems that can be corrected by the method of measuring teeth

Defects or problems such as partial overlap or abnormal shape of the teeth, partial filling or fracture of the lip, or excessive sharpness of the canines can often be corrected by partial grinding of the teeth to correct the shape and alignment of the teeth.


Although cosmetic dentistry is a maintenance method for changing the appearance of teeth, it is still best to examine the strengths and weaknesses of this method before making a decision to make sure it is appropriate. The benefits of correcting the shape and size of the teeth are as follows:

lower cost

Scratching teeth is a cheap way to have a more attractive smile. The cost of this procedure is usually determined by each tooth and the extent of the treatment. If the tooth defect is the result of an injury or accident, the insurance will pay part of the cost.


Because only superficial enamel is cut, the patient does not feel any discomfort or pain during treatment and does not need anesthesia.

Promoting dental health

Elimination of minor dental overlaps and other defects that can be the site of plaque and plaque accumulation, reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Orthodontic alternative

Correcting and aligning teeth can sometimes be an alternative to orthodontics, as this simple method can also align teeth and eliminate overlap and irregularity.

 Ideal treatment

Correcting and aligning teeth is the best method for people who want to make only minor changes to their teeth or whose teeth need a minor restoration. This procedure is recommended for patients whose teeth are slightly crooked or irregular or too sharp or one side of the tooth is more protruding than the other. Of course, scratching teeth is not suitable for decayed, denervated or unhealthy gums.


Correction of tooth shape is done using special dental tools and abrasion techniques. The dentist carefully cuts the enamel with a laser or drill. Before starting the treatment, the teeth are photographed to check the location and amount of pulp and to ensure the health of the teeth. The dentist then marks the areas needed for sharpening and beautification with a pencil. The dentist then cuts the deformed areas, shortens the tooth, or manipulates the abnormal tooth to fit the rest of the tooth and correct problems with bite or misaligned teeth. The dentist eliminates or minimizes the surface defects of the teeth with a special polishing device and sometimes scales the sides of the teeth with sandpaper-like strips. The dentist eventually straightens and polishes the teeth. Correction of tooth shape and size sometimes requires only a 30-minute session, although the duration of treatment depends on its extent.

If the shape of the tooth is corrected along with the bonding, the dentist can correct the filling and the distance between the teeth, make the tooth more beautiful and its color better. Before applying the resin, the dentist applies a dermal device such as acid to the tooth surface to allow the resin to adhere well to the tooth. Because this causes tooth sensitivity, the dentist may anesthetize the tooth. The dentist sometimes applies a preparation fluid to the tooth to strengthen the bond between the resin and the tooth. The dentist forms the resin and finally dries and hardens it with light. Bonding lasts 30 minutes to an hour, if beautification is more than one tooth, the patient is given several sessions.

Limitations-Partiality of change

Contrasting and aligning teeth Unlike some cosmetic dental procedures, cosmetic changes do not cause a significant change in the smile and do not whiten the teeth. So if you want a complete change and a significant modification of the smile design, it is better to try veneer. Aesthetic shaving removes only small imperfections, while veneer covers the entire front surface of the tooth and turns the tooth completely upside down.

Increased risk of tooth decay

Depending on the amount of enamel that is shaved while correcting the shape of the tooth, the tooth may become sensitive after a while. If a lot of enamel is shaved, there is a possibility of tooth breakage.