Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentistry Expertise
What is a Smile Makeover?
If you’re not thrilled with the aesthetics of your smile, Dr. Marshall can give your smile a makeover. A smile makeover uses a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures, everything from porcelain veneers to dental implants, to give you a dazzling smile that you’ll love to show off. Each of Dr. Marshall’s smile makeovers is unique to the needs of the individual patient.
Our office is centrally located in Ardmore, PA just outside of Philadelphia. We offer a relaxing atmosphere where your comfort and satisfaction are our highest priority!
What Issues Can a Smile Makeover Fix?
When a patient seeks a smile makeover, we first take into account what you like and hate about your smile. Do you have stains from a reaction to tetracycline as a kid? Are your teeth shorter than proportional, creating a gummy smile? Are there gaps between your teeth? Are your teeth uneven?
These are the areas we consider:
- Tooth color — Teeth whitening is usually a part of just about every smile makeover. This is done first so that we can match later procedures such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers to your whiter, natural tooth color. If your teeth are stained on the interior of the tooth, the dentin, due to either tooth trauma or from a drug reaction, Dr. Marshall will cover the staining with veneers.
- Alignment and spacing — Serious alignment problems leading to a bad bite may require orthodontics. A smile makeover usually addresses issues such as misshapen teeth, gaps between teeth, and crooked teeth. You’ll be amazed at how we can change these problems with porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers.
- Missing teeth — While not truly “cosmetic” in nature, replacing missing teeth is a must in a smile makeover. For replacing a single tooth or two, Dr. Marshall prefers dental implants. For more teeth, a porcelain bridge could be the best answer, even a partial denture.
- Balance — Your teeth should be proportional to the rest of your face. That’s one reason gummy smiles can be very distracting when talking with another person. We use our diode laser to remove extra gum tissue. This effectively lengthens the tooth size. Uneven, chipped, and cracked teeth can be cosmetically bonded or covered with veneers to cover the flaws.
Can a Smile Makeover Correct Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a serious oral health problem that requires intervention simply to save your teeth and jawbone. This is not a part of a smile makeover. In fact, for Dr. Marshall to get your oral health to a place to even consider smile makeover procedures, she first would need to reverse your gum disease.
Smile Makeover Candidates
Most patients can receive a smile makeover with one caveat — any existing oral health issues such as gum disease or a tooth needing a root canal. These issues need to be addressed before we move on to your smile makeover. Otherwise, patients really need to commit to diligent home dental hygiene after their makeover to maintain their results.
What Is the Difference Between a Smile Makeover and General Dentistry?
It’s important to remember that a smile makeover is cosmetic in its approach. The procedures improve the aesthetic appeal of a patient’s smile; they aren’t meant to address serious underlying problems. For instance, if a tooth has a deep crack, a porcelain veneer won’t fix that. The crack needs to be addressed to save the tooth before a cosmetic veneer could be applied (a crown could actually be a better option). General dentistry is different from the cosmetic dentistry involved in a smile makeover. Dr. Marshall is an expert in both general and cosmetic dentistry, and there is some overlap in a smile makeover, but general dentistry usually is concerned with the patient’s overall oral health. Problems with deep decay, gum disease, and the like are not part of a smile makeover, and they need to be addressed first before moving on to these cosmetic procedures.
What Are the Benefits of a Smile Makeover?
Personal confidence is hard to quantify but easy to love. If you’ve had a smile that was less than perfect — maybe your teeth were stained by tetracycline, maybe you had a tooth that was misshapen, maybe you had a gummy smile — the odds are you avoided smiling when in groups of people. When you don’t like the look of your smile, covering it up is something you do, even subconsciously.
Contrast that with a dazzling white smile of perfectly aligned teeth. Now, the last thing you’re going to do is hide that smile from the public. Having a beautiful smile thanks to a smile makeover from Dr. Marshall can give you a boost in confidence that you didn’t even know you were lacking.
If you’ve been missing a tooth, you may have been avoiding eating certain foods that could impact the gap. Plus, missing teeth can allow the teeth on each side to slide over and ruin your overall alignment. Missing teeth can even create whistling sounds when talking. Now, after Dr. Marshall has replaced that missing tooth with an implant, you’re whole again. Eat what you like. Smile freely.
Bottom line, having a beautiful smile can impact you at work, at home, and just in the way you see yourself.
What are the Risks Involved with These Treatments?
These treatments have little to no risk. With almost any dental procedure, there is a slight chance of infection, but that’s rare. Again, remember that these are cosmetic treatments, not oral surgery. The only risk is if you decide to stick with your flawed smile rather than having Dr. Marshall and our team give you a dazzling smile with our smile makeovers.
Is a Smile Makeover Painful?
Because the term “smile makeover” sounds so all-encompassing, patients sometimes think these are very involved treatments that could be quite painful. Reality is that many of these treatments, such as teeth whitening and dental bonding, are completely painless, not even requiring local anesthesia.
Other parts of Dr. Marshall’s smile makeovers, treatments such as replacing amalgam fillings with composite resin, are done with the patient locally anesthetized at the location. This ensures they are also pain free. There may be some residual soreness the following day or so, but that is easily manageable with over-the-counter pain medication.
Gum contouring is a much different procedure now, thanks to Dr. Marshall’s diode laser. This soft-tissue laser simply removes excess gum tissue, making your teeth appear longer and more in proportion. The laser not only removes the unwanted gum tissue but is also instantly seals the cut to prevent bleeding. This also makes the procedure virtually painless.
Plus, because Dr. Marshall offers sedation dentistry, you’ll be given a sedative prior to your treatments, if you choose. This further ensures your comfort and eliminates any anxiety you may ha;ve. Sedation dentistry allows us to perform a series of treatments in a single appointment, as well.
Smile Makeover Before and After
Smile Makeover Procedures
Dr. Marshall customizes every smile makeover to the needs of the patient, but these are the usual procedures involved:
- Teeth whitening — Using our hydrogen peroxide whitening gels, we return your teeth to their natural color, removing stains from coffee, red wine, and the passage of time.
- Porcelain veneers — These thin wafers of porcelain are applied to the fronts of the teeth to give your teeth perfect symmetry and a bright white sheen.
- Tooth-colored fillings — Old silver amalgam fillings are replaced with new tooth-colored fillings that are made of composite resin and are invisible once in place.
- Gum contouring — Using a diode soft-tissue laser, Dr. Marshall removes excess gum tissue, making your teeth appear longer and more in proportion. The laser not only removes the unwanted tissue, but it also seals the cut to prevent bleeding and vastly lowers the chances of infection. It also makes the procedure virtually painless afterwards.
- Porcelain crowns — Badly damaged teeth may not have the underlying strength to be cosmetically improved, so we use a porcelain crown to overlay the entire tooth all the way down to the gumline. Crowns return full strength to a tooth and can be used to change to overall shape of the tooth.
- Dental bonding — For small chips or subtle changes in one or more teeth, Dr. Marshall may use dental bonding. This uses composite resin that is painted on in thin layers and then cured to cover imperfections or change the shape of a tooth.
- Dental implants — Dental implants are Dr. Marshall’s preferred option for replacing a missing tooth. Implants feature a titanium implant that is screwed down into the jawbone. The jawbone then grows around the implant, fully incorporating it. A post is attached to the implant with a porcelain false tooth atop that. Implants function exactly like a natural tooth.
How Many Procedures Can Be Combined In a Smile Makeover?
When Dr. Marshall plans your smile makeover, she doesn’t have a set “menu” of what you must have: every patient’s case is unique. For one patient, teeth whitening will be a part of the smile makeover. But for another who has stains in the dentin from tetracycline given as a child, teeth whitening won’t fix that. That person needs porcelain veneers to cover the staining.
There is not a “set” combination of procedures to address what you want with your smile makeover. Dr. Marshall will discuss your needs during your consultation, and together the two of you will come up with a plan that includes the procedures you need.
Is there a Recovery Process After Smile Makeover Procedures?
With most of these procedures, there isn’t any recovery. Dental implants and gum contouring are exceptions. Placing an implant requires a couple of recovery periods where your gums need to heal, and you’ll eat a soft diet. Gum contouring will require a short recovery, but no more than a day in most cases. Otherwise, procedures such as applying veneers or crowns or whitening your teeth have no recovery. Remember, smile makeovers are cosmetic procedures, not restorations.
What Our Patients Have to Say
“My checkup went very smoothly today, and I am very pleased. Dr. Marshall and Emily took excellent care of me. They answered all my questions, and I felt comfortable in their care. Dr. Marshall has many options at her practice To help a patient Get a very beautiful smile!” -Josie D.
What Results Can I Achieve with a Smile Makeover?
Smile makeovers with Dr. Marshall can completely change the way you think about your smile. Have tetracycline-stained teeth? Porcelain veneers cover the stains. Have a gummy smile? Our diode laser gum contouring brings your gums into perfect symmetry. Have stains from food or simple aging? Teeth whitening brightens your smile up to eight shades. Have a misshapen tooth? A porcelain crown can change that. Have a tooth you chipped in a touch football game? Dental bonding fixes that.
Our patients come to Dr. Marshall from all around the Philadelphia area for our smile makeovers because they leave our offices with the perfect smiles they’ve always wanted. And they do so in just a couple office appointments usually.
When can I Return to My Normal Activities after Having Smile Makeover Treatments?
None of these procedures requires recovery. You may have some residual soreness after Dr. Marshall prepares a tooth for a crown, but it’s nothing dramatic. For pretty much everything except the placement of a dental implant, you can go right back to work or whatever else your daily life entails. You can do so with something to smile about, as well!
Smile Makeover With Sedation Dentistry
If a visit to the dentist is an anxiety-prone nightmare for you, Dr. Marshall offers sedation dentistry, what she deems “painless dentistry,” to her patients. Patients are given a variety of sedative options to put them in a “twilight” condition during the dental appointment. You can respond to instructions from Dr. Marshall but will feel no pain and will have only a vague recollection of the appointment. Our painless dentistry allows even those with severe dentist office anxiety to enjoy the benefits of a smile makeover.