Cosmetic recontouring or reshaping is an option used by cosmetic dentists on healthy tooth structure for the purpose of correcting small imperfections by slightly altering the position, shape or length of a tooth. Since only a very small amount of tooth structure is involved, it usually can be achieved without anesthetic.
Many patients are unhappy with their smile due to unevenness of their teeth. The unevenness can be due to some teeth having a different length as a result of faulty eruption patterns or simply a tooth having small chips at the edge that makes it look uneven. Some patients complain of having vampire teeth making their smile so harsh and ugly that they have stopped smiling all together.