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Same-Day Smile Makeovers

Do you look in the mirror and wish you could have a better-looking smile? Feel like you can’t smile in photos? Maybe your teeth have become chipped and discoloured over time, or you just want them to look straighter. 

Everyone deserves to feel confident when they smile, and research shows that healthy teeth and gums can make a huge difference to your overall physical health. But it’s not all about how healthy your teeth and gums are, although obviously, this is the most important part of dental care. Whiter, straighter teeth can help you to feel more confident, increase your self-esteem and make it easier to start a new chapter in your life. 

If you have always thought you would need orthodontics or veneers, let us explain an alternative cosmetic dental treatment. As seen in the latest smile makeovers on social media, this alternative dental treatment can give you a brand-new smile on the same day. 

What Do Same-Day Smile Makeovers Involve?

Composite bonding or veneers are often referred to as a same-day smile makeover because you start your appointment with imperfect teeth, and when you get back up, you have a new perfect smile. To reshape teeth and make them appear whiter in one dental appointment, composite bonding, also referred to as dental bonding, can be used to fill in gaps or chips. Composite can also be used to create full composite veneers. You may choose to have a combination of composite veneers and composite bonding, depending on the condition of your natural teeth.

Composite is a putty-like substance that is coloured to match your natural teeth colour. Typically, if you are having composite bonding to fill gaps or chips, prior to this, you will have your teeth professionally whitened. If your teeth are dead and can not be whitened, or you want to make crooked teeth appear straighter, you may require composite veneers which cover the entire surface of your teeth. 

For both processes, your teeth will be cleaned, and if you have teeth whitening at Smile Stories in Bournemouth, we go one step further. Before we apply any bleach, we remove stains from your teeth for the best results. Your teeth do not need to be filed down before composite bonding treatment, and minimal preparation of the tooth surface is required. 

The composite is applied to the teeth to correct shape, lengthen teeth and fill in chips and gaps. When a full composite veneer is required, the composite is used over the entire surface of the tooth and moulded into shape. Once in place, it is hardened with a light and then polished to a smooth finish that matches your natural teeth. Overall results will depend on the skill of the dentist, as, unlike veneers, the final look is in the dentist’s complete control. 

The process typically takes around two hours, although it may be quicker or require more time based on the extent of change you need. Filling in small chips and gaps is normally faster than lengthening short teeth, and composite veneers tend to take the longest time. Another factor is how many teeth you have bonding applied to. The more you need to work on, the longer your appointment is likely to take. 

Benefits of Composite Veneers and Bonding

Composite veneers and bonding have several benefits aside from being fast and ideal for same-day smile makeovers, especially if you have an important event coming up. 

Five other benefits include:

  1. Natural teeth do not need to be shaved or filed down.
  2. Painless procedure and rarely needs drilling or injections.
  3. Repairing composite bonding or veneers is easy and quick if they chip or break.
  4. Less expensive than porcelain veneers (although they only last approximately five to seven years compared to 10 to 15 years for porcelain veneers).
  5. Dead teeth can be made to look whiter.

At Smile Stories cosmetic dentist in Bournemouth, our clients often combine composite bonding with Invisalign teeth straightening treatment. This means they can achieve both an instant improvement to their smile and a long-term improvement to their bite. 

If teeth are not suitable for composite veneers filling small chips or gaps and then completing Invisalign treatment is an excellent alternative to porcelain veneers. One of the main advantages of Invisalign teeth straightening is teeth and bonded teeth are less likely to break or chip when your bite is aligned. And unlike porcelain veneers, you will save money as you won’t need to replace veneers every 10 to 15 years. 

Who Is Suitable for a Same-Day Smile Makeover?

The process involved with a same-day smile makeover at Smile Stories Cosmetic dentist in Bournemouth will produce the best results for healthy teeth that are:

  • Chipped 
  • Discoloured 
  • Short in length
  • Slightly crooked 

Not everyone’s teeth are suitable and you may not be able to have a same-day smile makeover if you have:

  • A severely misaligned bite
  • Crooked teeth that significantly cross over each other 
  • Fragile or damaged teeth
  • Missing teeth

But, even if a same-day smile makeover is not an option for you, there are other treatments, such as porcelain veneers and crowns, that can transform your smile in just two appointments.

Find Out If You Are Eligible for a Same-Day Smile Makeover

Interested in finding out more about same-day smile makeovers with composite veneers or bonding treatments? Smile Stories’ skilled cosmetic dentists in Bournemouth are experts at creating perfect smiles with this amazing and versatile cosmetic dental process. The best thing is all you need to do to get a free smile makeover consultation is simply send us six photos of your smile. 


Dr Gareth Edwards BDS (Hons) MFDS RCPS (Glasg) is a dentist who qualified with honours. Based in the Poole and Bournemouth area, he has a keen interest in orthodontics and aesthetic dentistry and is a certified Invisalign provider.

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