Composite Contouring

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Composite Contouring

Composite contouring are a creative and artistic way of improving the shape, colour and contour of your teeth without causing any biological harm to the original tooth.

This approach allows us to close gaps and improve the colour, shape and contour of your teeth. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are manufactured in a dental laboratory, composite contouring is generally done in a single visit at Overton Dental Practice. Composite contouring in general are a very bespoke treatment and can be tailored to your wishes.

To help you make an educated decision regarding teeth whitening, here are some of the pros and cons of this procedure:
  • One of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures
  • Can be done in one visit
  • Less invasive than porcelain veneers
  • Some staining over time
  • Not as strong a crown
  • May need replacing over time

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Several different options are available to change the shape of teeth, make teeth look longer, close spaces between teeth or repair chipped or cracked teeth. Among the options are composite bonding, veneers and crowns.

Dental composite bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-coloured resin material is applied to the tooth surface and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth.

Veneers (also sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials that are designed to cover the front surface of teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth.

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that are placed over teeth. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

Each of these options differ with regard to cost, durability, “chair time” necessary to complete the procedure, stain resistant qualities, and best cosmetic approach to resolving a specific problem.

We usually recommend that you whiten your teeth prior to composite bonding if you want whiter teeth! Your treated teeth and your natural teeth need to match. We can’t easily whiten composite once it is glued in place. NB Please do not whiten your teeth for at least 14 days before your treatment appointment as the whitening may negatively affect the bond (glue) that we use.

Not at all. Infact, it’s one of the least invasive treatments you can have done on your teeth. The composite is literally just bonded to the top of your teeth, allowing easy removal if necessary. The tooth itself isn’t actually touched!

It does! Composite bonding can last a very long time if it is looked after properly with regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene at home.

Don’t try and bite into anything that’s rock hard, like hard toffee. And absolutely no opening bottles with your teeth, although this stands for your natural ones too.

You can, yes. It doesn’t with everyone, but like natural teeth, sometimes mishaps happen and you may find yourself with a chip. Give us a call and we should be able to make it good as new for you.

Composite bonding is almost painless – it’s one of the lesser invasive procedures as it doesn’t require any injections or drilling. There may be some sensitivity when bonding is used near the gum line, but the discomfort will be minimal.