A smile makeover, also known as a cosmetic makeover, is used to address multiple aesthetic issues at the same time. More than a cosmetic dental service, however, a smile makeover can also be used to treat decay under existing restorations, correct minor bite irregularities, and restore strength and function to teeth that have been impacted by other dental issues.
If you live in the Washington D.C. area and are interested in learning more about the smile makeover procedure, please call 202-244-2101 to schedule a consultation with experienced prosthodontist Dr. Gerald Marlin today. Dr. Marlin and the exceptional dental team at Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C. welcome patients from Arlington, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and nearby areas of Northern Virginia and Maryland.
What is a Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover is typically completed through a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures, allowing Dr. Marlin to provide the appropriate solution for each issue you are facing. Depending on your needs, your cosmetic makeover may include:
- Dental Veneers to address issues including gaps, crooked presentation, and severe tooth discoloration
- Dental Crowns to protect teeth that have been weakened by decay or infection, to restore teeth that have been cracked or broken, or, using the veneers shape, to fill in spaces or recontour teeth
- Gum Contouring to reduce excessive gum tissue and produce a lengthened look to the crown of the teeth
- Dental Implants to replace the roots of missing teeth and provide a strong and reliable base for restorations including crowns and dental bridges
In addition to these cosmetic services, a smile makeover may include treatment for decay such as tooth-colored fillings or porcelain inlays and onlays. It may also include whitening of teeth that are not receiving restorations to help ensure a consistently bright appearance throughout.
Examples of Different Types of Cosmetic Makeovers
Below are a few examples of the many different cosmetic makeovers that we have performed. You can view more before and after smile makeover photos in our gallery.
Tetracycline Staining and Severe Tooth Discoloration
Tetracycline stained teeth or other dark-colored teeth present a challenge for an aesthetic makeover. Veneers are not an ideal solution, since a very strong white opaque would be needed to block out the dark stains and the result would end up looking unnatural. Instead, crowns were used to create a dramatic transformation.
Diastema, Spacing, or Gaps Between Teeth
The focus of this smile makeover was to correct a large diastema (space) between the teeth while still looking natural. The key is making the crowns that are filling the space appear narrower than they really are, and to spread out the spacing along all six anterior teeth. By having several teeth absorb the extra width, instead of the two central incisors, we can make all of the teeth appear natural. This patient also plans to have several of her back teeth crowned, as well.
Enamel Erosion from Dysplasia Causing a Mottled, Rough and Discolored Appearance
An individual’s teeth can develop with mottled, discolored enamel that makes them appear unsightly. Before her smile makeover, this patient was very self-conscious about her smile. With her crowns in place, she has a radiant white smile that she is proud to show off.
Fixing the Gummy Smile
This patient came to us looking to address her gummy smile. We designed her temporary crowns and referred her to a periodontist who reshaped her gum tissue to blend with her new crowns. With the final crowns inserted, the change was striking.
Severe Wear Detracting from Her Appearance
Starting out in a new career, this young woman was unhappy that her severely worn teeth were detracting from her appearance. We opened her bite and recreated the shapes of her original teeth by blending them naturally with her facial profile.
Complete Aesthetic Breakdown
In this case, a combination of discolored teeth from too much fluoride in the water, tetracycline staining, and unaesthetic crowns amounted to a complete aesthetic breakdown. We provided the patient with a bright smile by incorporating extra enamel (translucency) to keep “whiter teeth” natural-looking.
How We Create The Ultimate Smile Makeover
Not all smile makeovers are created equal. At Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington, D.C., we go the extra mile to provide stunning results that last.
Performing the ultimate smile makeover requires:
- Extensive experience
- A highly trained team
- An in-house dental laboratory
Dr. Marlin and the staff at Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C. take a comprehensive approach to smile makeovers. Focused entirely on you, we take time to actually listen to your concerns and provide honest and useful information about the best solutions for your smile.
During your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Marlin will carefully evaluate your problem areas, using advanced technology when appropriate, to understand the full scope of the issues you are dealing with. This enables him to give you the most relevant information about your treatment options – and to ensure what is suggested will produce reliable and long-lasting results.
We have our own in-house lab where all of our restorations, including temporary restorations, are fabricated. This gives Dr. Marlin complete control over the quality and appearance of your crowns and veneers, helping ensure optimal results. We don’t rest until your smile has the look and function you deserve.
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Our comprehensive and personal approach has resulted in countless satisfied patients and myriad awards and recognitions for both our practice and Dr. Marlin himself – including the Best Dentist award from Washingtonian Magazine for nearly two decades in a row. Attentive, effective, and thoughtful, Dr. Marlin welcomes an opportunity to meet with you, listen to your concerns, and help you determine if a smile makeover is the right solution for your needs.
Please call Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C. at 202-244-2101 to schedule your smile makeover consultation today. Located in D.C., we serve all surrounding communities including Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Arlington, as well as patients who fly in for service from all areas of the country.