The $100,000 Smile

Philadelphians are shelling out buckets for paparazzi- worthy grins. Want your own?

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Plump your pout
No matter how pearly those whites are, shrinking lips stack years onto your smile. A well-placed shot of lip filler, like Restylane or Juvederm, adds a touch of youthful volume. $450 to $800 per syringe at Deme, 2200 Arch Street, suite 102, 215-561-3363 and 744 Lancaster Avenue, suite 100, Wayne, 610-688-3363; demeonline.com.

Spring for a total makeover
The most dramatic way to dazzle up a deteriorating smile: Pi Dental’s Teeth in a Day procedure, which installs an entire set of new teeth in one visit. How it works: An hours-long, while-you’re-awake surgery secures a custom, temporary set to titanium implants and … Voilà! A gorgeous, cavity-proof kisser.  Three months later, a permanent, steak-chomping-approved porcelain or ceramic set is installed. Depending on materials, a full set can cost $100,000. From $18,000 per arch at Pi Dental Center, 467 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Washington, 215-646-6334, dentalimplants-usa.com.

Renovate and rework
Whether you want to perfect a single tooth or all of them, porcelain crowns and veneers laid over chipped, cracked, discolored or too-short teeth create a long-term illusion (most last 10 years or more) of the pearly whites you’ve always wanted. From $1,700 per tooth by Dr. Pamela G. Doray, 1528 Walnut Street, suite 1800, 215-395-6076, pamelagdoraydmd.com.

Score a better bright
Forget Zoom. The crème de la crème of teeth whitening is KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching, a five-to-seven-week regimen of both in-office and at-home treatments that lightens teeth about 16 shades. How it’s different: KöR trays fit snugly, keeping saliva out and bleaching gel in. The result: Nasty stains—even those from tetracycline—disappear. From $1,500 at Pennsylvania Center for Dental Excellence, 11905 Bustleton Avenue, 215-969-4400, pcde.com.

Firm your dermis
No lasers, no needles, no knives—the Ulthera System is the newest noninvasive way to tighten just-starting-to-sag skin around the mouth. Ultrasonic sound waves deliver low levels of heat below the skin to stimulate collagen growth, leading to a gradual lifting and tightening of trouble areas over two to three months. From $1,000 per session at Deme.

Grin without gums
If your white-to-pink ratio slants heavily toward the latter, schedule a relatively pain-free gingivectomy to have excess tissue scraped away. A no-scalpel option: Botox. Injecting key facial muscles prevents the upper lip from lifting too high when you smile, keeping unpleasant pink tissue under wraps. Gingivectomy, from $400 per tooth by Dr. David J. Weinstock, 15 North Presidential Boulevard, Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-2770, drweinstock.com. Botox, $150 to $250 at Deme.
Originally published in the July issue of Philadelphia magazine.

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  • http://www.bogerdental.com Missy Merges

    Kudos to Kors Deep Bleaching! If you are not getting the results you are seeking with home whitening trays, deep bleaching could be your answer. Perfect for whitening the more difficult, dark yellow shades.