Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

Top-Rated Prosthodontist Serving Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Arlington & the greater Washington DC area

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is dental treatment that improves the beauty and health of one’s smile. Nearly every dental procedure has two elements: Aesthetics and function. A quality professional takes both of these elements into consideration so that one may rest assured they will not only look great, but enjoy hassle free long-term results.

I don’t feel confident about my smile. What can I do?

We offer a wide variety of services and treatments to help improve the aesthetics of your smile. From cosmetic veneers to help create a uniform appearance to dental implants that can help replace missing or damaged teeth, we invite you to take a look at our smile makeover section to see how we have helped previous patients and how we can help you. Your smile says a lot about you – make sure it says all of the right things.

Is an attractive smile affordable?

We understand that our patients have different financial situations, and to help ensure that each patient can afford the dental care he or she needs, we provide several flexible payment options to work within your budget. Whether considering dental implant or cosmetic dentistry treatments, we encourage you to call our office and a member of our team will be glad to explain each option, in detail, and to help to determine which option is best suited for you.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers, also referred to as porcelain laminates, are thin “shell-like” pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front of the teeth in order to change tooth shape or color. They are a quick, easy, and effective means of creating a more uniform smile.

How have technological advancements helped cosmetic dentistry?

Technological advancements in the world of cosmetic dentistry have helped transform the field in many ways. Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C. always stays up to date on the latest and greatest in prosthodontics, allowing us to obtain only the finest technologies for our patients. Our advanced technology helps us to provide you with a high quality restoration, which also gives you a more natural appearance, ultimately helping you to look and feel your best.

What are the benefits of an in-house lab?

Our in-house laboratory technician is highly trained in tooth morphology and anatomy, framework design, and aesthetics. With his expertise, he will precisely craft your dental restoration. In addition, our laboratory technician is on the premises and we can consult with him throughout your therapy to ensure the proper fit, esthetic match, and provide custom fit adjustments. There is no substitute for the custom work provided by a technician working chairside with the patient.

How can you treat a “gummy” smile?

Fixing a “gummy” smile can be treated a multitude of ways, including lengthening crowns to create a “longer” appearance of the teeth as well as raising the gingival (gum) tissue up. See our portfolio example of “fixing the gummy smile” to see the possibilities with correcting that smile.

Should I get braces to straighten my teeth, or get veneers?

In some instances, braces are the best method for straightening teeth. However, porcelain veneers are an excellent option for those looking to do more than simply straighten their smile by simultaneously getting your individual teeth to look better as fillings are replaced and discolorations are eliminated, as well. If you are in search of an option that will straighten your teeth while enhancing shape and color, porcelain veneers are an excellent option for saving time and money.

Schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Gerald Marlin by calling 202-244-2101 today. Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C. serves patients in Arlington, Bethesda, and nearby areas of Virginia and Maryland, as well as visitors from across the country.