Metro Detroit cosmetic dentists share how you can achieve a celebrity smile in time to walk down the aisle.
By Susan Peck
There’s a checklist for planning the perfect wedding — the dream dress, flowers, venue, overall design for the event, and the list goes on. Another important detail you don’t want to overlook if you’re the bride (or member of the bridal party) is your smile.
Because your big day will be memorialized with photos forever, why not give yourself the dazzling smile makeover you’ve always wanted? You’ll improve your appearance, self-confidence and oral health not just for your wedding, but also long past the honeymoon.
SEEN gathered top cosmetic dentists and smile designers to show you the steps to have a celebrity smile, in time to walk down the aisle.
To begin, dental experts agree the first step should be a consultation to determine the possibilities for your dental transformation.
“Cosmetic dentistry can dramatically improve your smile, and be nothing short of life-changing, but the skill and experience of the dentist you select will greatly affect the outcome,” says Dr. Craig Goldin of Cosmetic Dentistry Institute in Troy. “Our goal is to have you looking your best for your wedding and all of the events surrounding it when you are the center of attention.”
Goldin says communication is the key to get exactly what you want from your new smile. Think about the following questions before your consultation: What do you dislike about the color, size, shape and spacing of your teeth? Would you like more or less of your gums to show when you smile? Do you want a “Hollywood white” smile, or do you prefer a subdued natural shade for your teeth? “Once we work out the particulars together,” he says, “we can give you the smile you’ve been dreaming about.”
The makeover process may involve one or more procedures: teeth whitening, composite bonding, porcelain dental veneers (porcelain coverings for the tooth to correct imperfections), gum recontouring and Invisalign clear aligners for straightening. “With our all-inclusive practice and in-house lab,” Goldin says, “we can complete your makeover oftentimes in two or three visits.”
Practice partner and spouse Dr. Marcy Goldin adds that they’ll discuss options like I.V. sedation or their exclusive “teeth tomorrow” implant supported bridge. “That’s been a game-changer when doing a full dental reconstruction,” she says.
Dr. Ali Saad of Saad Dental Group in Birmingham says timing is important when it comes to planning a smile makeover for your wedding. In practice with his brother Dr. Mohamed Saad, and currently the official dentist of the Miss Michigan USA pageant, he explains he sets up a timeline that makes sense for brides and grooms. “For example, we can whiten your teeth a week or two before the wedding, do veneers up to a month before the wedding and usually allow six to 12 months for straightening your teeth,” he says.
The top smile architects use the latest high-tech advancements to achieve the best results. “It’s the combination of expert dentistry and a special artful eye that a talented cosmetic dentist uses to sculpt the smile that will be the most important thing you’ll wear on your wedding day,” Saad says.
Dr. Mitchell Milan of Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, says one of a bride’s greatest concerns is what she will look like after the dental makeover.
“Today I can design smiles through the use of virtual, digital scanning that can create images on the computer to show you the finished look before we even get started,” he says. “And we can make any modifications you want before we begin the work. That provides a great sense of security and confidence in the decision to do the dental enhancements.”
Milan adds that he uses a renowned lab in California to ensure the highest quality veneers. “Now is not the time to look for a bargain,” he says. “You really do get what you pay for when it comes to veneers and other dental enhancements.”
Saad provides a new procedure to create veneers that he describes as “a proprietary blend of materials that most resemble the natural tooth.”
Recent bride Lindsey Abraham, 33, of Grosse Pointe Woods gave them a shot. “I didn’t have bad teeth, but just wanted to look like a better version of myself for my wedding,” she says, “and the new veneers from Dr. Saad did exactly that.”
The smile gurus advise that wedding bells can be just the push that the bride, groom and entire family needs to do the much-needed dental care and improvements they have been putting off — making it a happily ever after for everyone.
Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. Mitchell Milan
555 S. Old Woodward Ave., Suite 701, Birmingham
Cosmetic Dentistry Institute
Dr. Craig Goldin and Dr. Marcy Goldin
3415 Livernois Road, Troy
Saad Dental Group
Dr. Ali Saad and Dr. Mohamed Saad
837 Forest Ave., Birmingham