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What is a Smile Makeover?

Couple smiling inside: Smile makeover with cosmetic dentistry in Washington, DC

When you look at your teeth in the mirror, your confidence may drop if you notice stains, crooked teeth, chips, gaps, discoloration, or other issues. While your teeth might be otherwise healthy, you want a dazzling smile with a mouth full of straight white teeth. But how can you improve your smile without getting braces again? The answer is in a smile makeover.

Talk to the professionals at Rinaldi Dental Arts in Chevy Chase near Washington, D.C., about a smile makeover. Our cosmetic dentistry services can clean, polish, and straighten your teeth without using metal braces. When you smile in the mirror, you’ll see a mouth full of white teeth with no chips or discolorations. Since everyone has a different lifestyle and comfort level, we offer multiple services that fix your teeth according to your needs.

Porcelain Veneers

When an actor smiles in a movie, you might not be looking at their natural teeth. Many celebrities get smile makeovers including porcelain veneers to achieve a vibrant, dazzling smile. The veneers are bright white and hide stains, dark spots, and discoloration. They also hide crooked and uneven teeth, so you’ll get a mouth full of straight teeth without dealing with metal braces.

Since they’re made from porcelain, veneers are resistant to chips, cracks, or staining. This doesn’t mean that they’re invincible—you’ll still have to brush, floss, and avoid chewing on hard objects like ice. However, veneers are straight, brilliantly white, and perfect for people who want a more permanent and immediate solution.

How It Works

To start, Dr. Rinaldi carefully reshapes your teeth so that the veneers fit snugly on the surface. This involves removing enamel, which could cause some teeth sensitivity. Afterward, he’ll make an impression of your teeth and send it to the lab. You’ll come back for another appointment when your custom-made veneers arrive.

Dr. Rinaldi will check the veneers to make sure that they’re ready, then clean your teeth and prepare them for the veneers. After applying the adhesive, he’ll attach the veneers to your teeth and make adjustments if necessary. You’ll leave with a mouth full of straight white teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from a natural set of teeth.

To make them as unobtrusive as possible, the veneers are just large enough to protect your teeth. The thin porcelain gives you a completely new smile without destroying your existing teeth or exposing sensitive tissue. Once we’ve placed your veneers, we’ll give you advice and instructions on taking care of your teeth so you can enjoy a brilliant smile for years to come.

Teeth Whitening

Most drugstores sell teeth whitening products that invite you to bleach your teeth at home with strips or trays. These products might look convenient, but they’re not as effective as treatments prepared by your dentist. Worse yet, they could strip the enamel from your teeth, leading to infections, decay, and even tooth extraction. A smile makeover that includes teeth whitening is different from a professional cosmetic dentist.

Rinaldi Dental Arts offers safe, custom-made trays that allow you to whiten your teeth at home instead of coming back to the office for repeat sessions. You’ll start with a consultation where Dr. Rinaldi evaluates your teeth and comes up with a whitening plan. Later, you’ll receive custom whitening trays that you’ll apply to your teeth according to Dr. Rinaldi’s instructions.

The personalized treatment plan ensures that you whiten your teeth efficiently without causing infections or damage. When the treatment is complete, you’ll have whiter, cleaner teeth that improve your confidence when you look in the mirror. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk to a professional during the treatment—when you use teeth-whitening strips from the drugstore, you’re on your own.

Gum Whitening

Over time, poor hygiene habits, like smoking, can cause discoloration or dark spots on your gums. However, more often, other factors that contribute include your genetics, diet, and medication. If you have a periodontal disease that’s causing discoloration, Dr. Rinaldi treats the core issue before focusing on the dark spots. However, discoloration isn’t always a sign of gum disease—like your teeth, healthy gums can look stained or blotchy.

Our gum whitening procedure makes your gums look pink and healthy, giving you the confidence boost that you need to smile more often. We’ll start by evaluating your gums and talking to you about your treatment options. Gum whitening isn’t for every client, particularly if the treatment might expose sensitive tissue. However, we’re happy to discuss your smile makeover options and figure out a way to proceed.


When you think about straightening your teeth, you typically think about metal braces. Old-fashioned braces are hard, uncomfortable, and impossible to remove at home. They’re also unattractive and make you feel like you’re back in middle school. Food and debris get caught in the braces, increasing your likelihood of developing cavities.

Fortunately, Invisalign™ is a great smile makeover option that straightens your teeth without dealing with metal braces. Invisalign offers a clear tray that you place over your teeth to straighten them. Unlike traditional braces, you can remove Invisalign trays whenever you want. They’re more comfortable and 100% invisible—your friends won’t even know that you have them.

Depending on your situation, Invisalign could straighten your teeth in six months or less. This makes the process much easier and more comfortable, increasing your likelihood of completing the treatment. You’ll still have to follow Dr. Rinaldi’s instructions, but if you stay on top of the process, you’ll end up with straight teeth with no gaps or misshapen areas.

Contact Us Today

A perfect smile is never out of reach. At Rinaldi Dental Arts, we’ve helped countless patients straighten and whiten their teeth using whichever method is comfortable for them. Our professionals talk with you directly to figure out the best course of action. We’ll also discuss insurance and pricing options know what to expect. You don’t have to commit to anything during your consultation—we’re happy to give you everything you need so you can go home and think it over.

In addition to cosmetic services, we offer cleanings, fillings, crowns, implants, gum grafting, and treatment for periodontal disease. We also treat tooth decay and infections and offer advice to help you keep your teeth clean and healthy. Our state-of-the-art facility takes a whole-body wellness approach that improves your health, wellness, and quality of life. Keeping your teeth clean isn’t just good for your teeth—it promotes overall health and prevents infections that could spread to other parts of your body.

To get started, schedule an appointment online or call our clinic during business hours. We accept new and returning patients in Washington, DC, Chevy Chase, MD, and the surrounding areas that want to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.

Couple smiling inside: Smile makeover with cosmetic dentistry