Smile Makeover in McLean and Arlington, VA


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Also known as Full-Mouth Restoration, a smile makeover fixes multiple dental problems in just a few visits, rather than fixing them one at a time over a long period of time. A full mouth restoration allows multiple problems to be addressed.

A smile makeover involves a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures — everything from gum contouring to dental implants to porcelain veneers — to truly “makeover” a person’s smile. Each patient’s situation is unique, and at Galleria Dental Aesthetics our team of cosmetic dentists plans your makeover accordingly.


How we approach your smile makeover begins during your consultation with your dentist at Galleria Dental Aesthetics. We’ll ask you just what you like and dislike about your smile. You could feel that your gums are too “gummy.” Maybe you have a chipped tooth. Maybe tetracycline given to you as a kid has permanently stained your teeth. Just as each patient is unique, so is his or her smile.

A smile makeover at Galleria Dental Aesthetics can address the following problems:

  • Alignment and spacing – Our smile makeovers don’t include serious tooth movement; that’s the job of orthodontics. But we target problems such as gaps between teeth, misshapen teeth, and slightly crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers and dental crowns do an amazing job masking these flaws.
  • Missing teeth – Replacing a missing tooth or teeth isn’t technically “cosmetic,” but it’s a necessary part of any true smile makeover. For replacing a single tooth or two, we prefer to place dental implants. If you’re missing a series of teeth, a bridge or a partial denture can be used.
  • Tooth color – Teeth whitening is usually the first part of every smile makeover Why first? We want to get your teeth back to their natural whiteness before we try and match that shade with dental crowns, dental bonding, or veneers. If your teeth are stained on the interior, the dentin, then whitening doesn’t help. We can place porcelain veneers over these stained teeth.
  • Balance – Just like other features of your face, your teeth need to be proportional. That’s why it can be so distracting when talking with a person with a gummy smile. To fix that, we can remove extra gum tissue in an efficient and remarkably comfortable way. Uneven, chipped, and cracked teeth can be covered with dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or a porcelain crown.


"This is the best and most Professional Group you will ever encounter in the Dental, indeed Dental/Medical discipline... Period! My wife and I have been with them now for about 15 years and consider them outstanding in all regard. We've had broken teeth, fillings, cleanings, crowns, cosmetics, you name it... all outstanding! Not only is the work superb but the attitudes, responsiveness, overall professionalism is all over the top. " - J.S.

"Dr. Lee's office and staff are so professional, knowledgeable, and care about your well being! I feel so safe walking in the office, and know that I am getting proper attention to my dental needs. I am so happy I found a dentist that cares about my dental needs being cured, as well as having his staff know my needs." - C.C.

"Excellent dental and aesthetics services. Professional atmosphere from the minute you open the door! Highly recommend this first class team to perform your dental needs." - C.B.


No one is born with perfect teeth. Just about everyone has some flaw they would like to correct, and a smile makeover with Galleria Dental Aesthetics can do that. But before we can do any procedures such as applying veneers, your overall oral health needs to be good.

You have to remember that our smile makeovers are cosmetic procedures. Serious oral problems such as gum disease, missing the majority of your teeth, having severely decayed teeth, and the like need to be taken care of before your smile makeover can happen. Also, after your makeover, it’s important that you commit to a diligent home hygiene regiment to maintain your results.

You may be a candidate for a smile makeover if you have:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Uneven or misshapen teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • A gummy smile
  • Missing or decayed teeth

We look at your whole mouth and how everything works in harmony. We have state-of-the-art technology, and our cosmetic dentists in Northern Virginia have the education and experience to handle highly complex cases. For patients with more complex cases, we offer the convenience of sedation dentistry to ensure your comfort.


At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, we don’t use a pre-set “menu” for our smile makeovers. We take into account your personal needs and incorporate the procedures that will give you a dazzling smile. While one person may present with a minor dental problem, some may need several restorative solutions to transform their smile. Unattractive stained teeth can be whitened; chipped teeth, crooked teeth, and gaps between teeth can typically be fixed with porcelain veneers, and missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants.

Depending on your unique goals and oral condition, your smile enhancement may include:

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. In most cases, we use our Zoom! in-office whitening treatment for the fastest, brightest results.

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. At Galleria Dental, we are a metal-free practice.

Gum Contouring:

Using a diode soft-tissue laser, we can remove excess gum tissue, making your teeth appear longer and in proportion. The laser not only removes the unwanted tissue, but it also seals the incision instantly, preventing bleeding and vastly decreasing the chances of infection. It also makes the procedure virtually painless afterwards.

Porcelain Crowns:

If a tooth has a deep crack or maybe has a large filling that needs replacing, the strength of the tooth is compromised. In these cases, we use a porcelain crown to overlay the entire tooth all the way down to the gumline. Crowns return strength and function to a tooth and can be used to change the overall shape of the tooth.

Dental Bonding:

For small chips or subtle changes in one or more teeth, we may use dental bonding. Tooth bonding uses composite resin that is painted on in thin layers and then cured to cover imperfections or change the shape of a tooth. The downside of bonding is that it doesn’t last as long as porcelain veneers.

Dental Implants:

At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, we believe dental implants are the superior method for replacing a 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 natural teeth.

If you need more than one dental procedure performed, the cosmetic dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics may recommend a smile makeover (full mouth restoration).


Beautiful smile, close up photo of woman's teethNot to be vague, but how long your smile makeover will take is unique to your situation. For instance, placing a dental implant takes months, as your jawbone needs to grow around the implant. But teeth whitening takes just 45 minutes with our Zoom! system.

Dental bonding is done in a single appointment, while placing a crown requires two appointments. During your consultation, after we see what will be involved with your smile makeover, we can give you a realistic idea of how long the process will take.


Again, there isn’t a set menu of procedures in a Galleria Dental Aesthetics smile makeover. We’ll design a treatment plan for your needs and you’ll be in the loop the entire way about what your procedures will cost.

What Is Involved in a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover is a combination of multiple cosmetic dental procedures. The typical smile makeover may include teeth whitening, application of veneers, or dental bonding. Some patients may also need dental repair before having cosmetic dental procedures performed.

Other procedures that can be included in a smile makeover include:

  • Dental implants
  • Dental crowns
  • Teeth straightening

Smile makeovers can be tailored to your personal preference or based on your dental needs.

How Long Does a Smile Makeover Last?

Although the results of a smile makeover are long-lasting, they are not permanent. The results can last somewhere between six months to an entire decade. The results do depend on the type of work you have done and how you go about your oral health. Practicing proper oral hygiene can help extend the results of your smile makeover.

Is a Smile Makeover Worth It?

A smile makeover is a cosmetic procedure. This means it is dedicated to enhancing the appearance of your teeth, gums, and smile. It can help people boost their self-confidence by having a brighter smile. But there are cases where it can positively impact your oral health.

For example, dental implants can help replace missing teeth, and dental crowns can protect a healing tooth. To find out if a smile makeover in Mclean, VA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee Chong today.

Are There Any Disadvantages to a Smile Makeover?

Smile makeovers can help you achieve your dream smile, but it does require some thought. There are some disadvantages to getting a smile makeover. To start, smile makeovers can be costly. With the amount of procedures that are included, patients can expect to spend thousands. Smile makeovers are also not covered by insurance because they are cosmetic. The second disadvantage is that it can lead to tooth sensitivity and damage depending on the procedures performed.


If you are ready to take the next step toward getting the smile you always wanted, please contact our office for a smile makeover consultation. If you are in the Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Tysons Corner, or McLean, Virginia area, call 703.448.1020 or schedule a consultation online at Galleria Dental Aesthetics in Northern Virginia.

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