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, just outside of Philadelphia, and offers 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 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 — While 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.
Smile Makeover Candidates
Most any patient can receive a smile makeover with one caveat — any existing oral health issues such as gum disease or a tooth needing a root canal 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.
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.
Can My Smile Makeover Utilize Painless 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.