Teeth Reshaping in Waterloo SE1

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Unhappy with the
shape of your teeth?
Straighten minor misalignment.
Improve teeth shape and size.
Close gap between teeth.
Unhappy with the
shape of your teeth?
Straighten minor misalignment.
Improve teeth shape and size.
Close gap between teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Chipped or abnormally shaped tooth? Spacing between teeth?
1. Composite Bonding can help fix small problems in a few teeth or even just one tooth. The procedure can transform the shape, shade and appearance of teeth – all on the same day. It is a minimally invasive process that improves teeth shape by the addition of a tooth coloured composite, which is then ‘bonded’ to the natural tooth. The composite is hand sculpted by the dentist to achieve the desired shape to create a natural looking tooth. A vast range of shades are available to help match tooth colour perfectly.

Discoloured or worn out teeth? Crooked teeth?
1. Composite Veneers could be a good option. A composite resin is sculpted directly onto the teeth to produce beautiful results. The process is similar to Composite Bonding, however, its used for more extensive reshaping of the teeth. Composite Veneers are carefully sculpted and hardened by the dentist – typically in a single appointment. They are less invasive, do less damage to the underlying tooth and are more cost effective than Porcelain Veneers.
2. Porcelain Veneers use thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured porcelain bonded to the surface of the tooth. They can be a good option in certain circumstances – e.g. deep staining or minor teeth misalignment which is difficult to mask with composites. If you have minor misalignment in your teeth, Porcelain Veneers can reshape your teeth and make them look perfectly straight — no braces required. They are typically longer lasting and more durable than Composite Veneers.

Looking specifically for a smile makeover?
1. A combination of Composite Veneers and Composite Bonding can fix chips, cracks, gaps and create beautiful smile makeovers without damaging the underlying tooth structures. Usually 4-6 Composite Veneers are done to the front teeth to produce the smile makeover. No drills and also no massive bills.
2. Porcelain Veneers are commonly used for smile makeovers, where all the visible teeth are fitted with Porcelain Veneers to give a balanced, uniform, white tooth smile that extends to the sides of the mouth. Porcelain Veneers give good long term stable results for colour and shape.

Teeth Reshaping Treatments

If you’re looking to improve the shape and structure of your teeth, there are a few methods of achieving your goals. Some are more invasive than others whilst being a little more robust. Here are some of the ways you can reshape your teeth.

Composite Bonding

Composite Bonding is typically reserved for situations where only minor chips or repairs are required. Subtle changes to the length and shape of the tooth can be made. Minor gaps between teeth can be successfully closed using the procedure. The procedure requires no needles or drills and is reversible. The procedure is often used when natural teeth are a little crooked, not as white, chipped or cracked. Results are typically same day.

Composite Veneers

Composite Veneers enable large changes in tooth shape and form. Composite Veneers can be used to whiten a tooth’s shade, make teeth appear more straight and aligned, increase tooth size and also to close gaps between teeth where more extensive work is required compared to composite bonding. A full smile makeover can cost a lot less than one with Porcelain Veneers. Composite Veneers can be a great cosmetic alternative to Porcelain.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers use a porcelain shell bonded to the front face of the teeth to change their shape, colour, size and position. They can also mask defects or deep stains and camouflage minor teeth misalignments. Similarly if underlying tooth enamel is damaged, porcelain veneers can improve the appearance, shape and symmetry of the teeth. The procedure involves preparing part of the tooth structure and can take a number of appointments and up to three weeks to complete.

Composite Bonding

A close up image of a dental client before composite bonding treatment


A close up of composite bonding image after treatment


“Composite Bonding can help where only minor chips or repairs are required”

Composite Veneers

Close up of composite veneers before treatment


Composite veneers treatment after image post procedure


“Composite Veneers enable large changes in tooth shape and form”

Porcelain Veneers

Close up image of porcelain veneers before treatment


Close up image of porcelain veneers after treatment


“Give yourself a smile makeover with Porcelain Veneers”


Composite Bonding from £160
Composite Veneers from £450
Porcelain Veneers from £600

Ethically Priced
Our teeth reshaping treatments are very ethically priced. That typically results in our prices being very competitive.

Dr. Deepa and Dr. Xenia are very experienced cosmetic dentists, with over 20 years of dental experience between the two of them.

The Composite Bonding and Porcelain Veneer Procedures

Composite Bonding Procedure

The procedure for composite bonding is often much easier and less invasive than the process of porcelain veneers, and this is without a doubt one of the most widely considered benefits of composite bonding in particular for smaller use cases.

The process for composite bonding is a simple case of your specialist adding a composite resin to your teeth following a very small pre-treatment of the existing teeth. From there, this resin is hardened using UV light, and the entire process is over and done within around an hour. 

Porcelain Veneer Procedure

For porcelain veneers, this procedure is very different. Porcelain veneers require you to have a thin layer of enamel off the teeth in question in order for the new veneer to be able to sit in place with the rest of your smile and be the proportional size to the rest of the teeth.

The Durability of Composite Bonding vs Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers typically will be more durable than composite bonding, but the difference is actually nothing too jarring like many people are quick to assume because of the ease and nature of composite bonding.

The main difference between composite bonding and porcelain veneers regarding durability is simply that porcelain veneers are generally slightly stronger, and will be more resistant to discolouration in the long term, but again, this difference is marginal.

It is worth noting in this sense however that composite bonding is dramatically easier to repair, renew and add or remove than porcelain veneers are. Porcelain veneers will require complete replacement in case of damage, and the process is also irreversible.


For the most part, porcelain does occasionally last a while longer than composite bonding, but all in all, they both come with an advised expectation of around 5-7 years. After this time it is not uncommon to begin to see visible wear from both treatments, and they may need some additional maintenance or touch-ups, or in other cases, they may need to be replaced.

Like everything dental related, however, it does all come down to your precise use case. For different uses and with different conditions, the situation can be entirely different from one patient to the next. As long as good oral hygiene is practised and with proper maintenance like regular checkups, there is no reason that either treatment could not last years to come.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Composite Bonding and Porcelain Veneers

Can I have Composite Bonding?

Any individual with healthy teeth can have composite bonding done to their teeth. The procedure can be used to –

  • Repair chips or cracks to a tooth.
  • Close gaps between your teeth.
  • Make minor changes to the shape of a tooth to improve your smile.
  • Change the shade of a tooth that’s a little discoloured.
  • Correct minor tooth mis-alignment issues.
A before and after image of composite bonding performed on a client.

What are the advantages of Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding is one of the least invasive cosmetic treatments available to improve your smile. Composite bonding offers the following benefits vs. porcelain veneers –

  • The tooth typically does not need to be drilled, making composite bonding a hugely desirable form of cosmetic dentistry versus porcelain veneers. Composite bonding is therefore considered a reversible form of cosmetic treatment.
  • Composite bonding is much easier to repair vs. porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can break or chip, in which case a new veneer needs to be made. Versus composite bonding which enables the cosmetic dentist to simply make repairs to the composite resin.
  • Composite bonding can typically be completed in just one visit to the cosmetic dentist. Versus a porcelain veneer that requires multiple sessions with the cosmetic dentist.
  • Composite bonding is typically less expensive versus porcelain veneers.

Can I have Porcelain Veneers?

Any individual with healthy teeth can typically have porcelain veneers made. Porcelain veneers are used to fix the following –

  • Broken, cracked or chipped tooth or teeth – porcelain veneers enable large changes to the shape of the teeth vs. composite bonding that’s used to address smaller defects.
  • Misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped teeth – minor teeth misalignments or teeth that are just a little crooked can be masked using porcelain veneers. Versus composite bonding which is not well suited to fix larger issues such as this.
  • Teeth that are discoloured (perhaps due to a root canal treatment or staining caused due to certain drugs) can be masked with porcelain veneers. Versus composite bonding which is not typically used to mask the entire surface of the tooth.
  • Teeth that are worn down.
  • Gaps between your teeth.
Hero image of a client who has undergone cosmetic dental procedures.

What are the benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure used by millions of patients worldwide to improve the appearance of their smile. They are popular for smile makeovers and smile redesign treatments. They have the following benefits –

  • Porcelain veneers provide excellent natural looking results.
  • Gum tissue is also known to tolerate porcelain veneers well.
  • Porcelain veneers resist stains better vs. composite bonding.

At Whites Dental, our cosmetic dentists will be able to explain the benefits of Composite Bonding vs Porcelain Veneers, allowing you to choose the best cosmetic treatment choice for you.

We also provide related Cosmetic Dentistry treatments such as composite veneers, smile redesign and full smile makeovers to patients around us in Central London. We are based in London Waterloo, adjacent to Southwark Tube station. We are a 5 – 10 minutes’ walk from London Bridge station, Elephant and Castle, Waterloo and Borough Market. Please visit our Cosmetic Dentistry page for additional details regarding our Composite Bonding vs Porcelain Veneers treatments.

Portrait of cosmetic dental specialist - Depa

Dr. Deepa

Portrait of cosmetic dental specialist - Xenia

Dr. Xenia

Experienced Cosmetic Dentists
Dr. Deepa, our principal dentist, has 10 years of experience in dentistry, providing a wide range of cosmetic treatments to her patients. Her down to earth, warm and friendly persona helps her to very quickly bond with her patients. Always looking to further her education, she has completed an advanced restorative course. Dr. Deepa takes a very personal approach always helping put patients at ease.

Dr. Xenia graduated in 2005 as a general dental practitioner and has over 10 years of private dental experience. She has continued her professional development with the Royal College of Surgeons in restorative dentistry. In her own words, Dr. Xenia says “It’s vitally important to me that all my patients have the comfort and confidence in the treatments we undertake and leave with a happy smile. I am constantly updating my skills so that my patients can benefit from the latest dental techniques available.”

Whites Dental provides Composite Bonding and Veneers to patients within our vicinity. We are conveniently located in Waterloo SE1, adjacent to Southwark Tube station. We are an under 10mins walk from Waterloo, London Bridge, Southbank, Borough and Southbank. Please visit our homepage at www.whitesdental.co.uk for more details about our dental implants and dentures service.

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