Do you feel like your imperfect smile is preventing you from progressing in life?
Are you having trouble finding the perfect life partner due to the lack of confidence in yourself? We know that having a flawed smile can greatly affect your self-esteem, making you feel low about yourself. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry is here to remove all your beauty hurdles and fulfil your dreams of getting that picture-perfect smile! Being a board member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Marina Ambridge possesses advanced education in Cosmetic Dentistry and is trained in multiple areas of dentistry to help you transform your smile and restore your confidence! She is currently completing her accreditation with the Academy, which is a special rank awarded to the selected number of dentists in the world, who have gone through rigorous testing and have shown perfect results for complex cosmetic procedures on actual patients. This makes her the largest expert in cosmetic dentistry in Peoria and the surrounding areas! From Botox, dermal fillers, and orthodontics to veneers and fillings – all the procedures are offered in the house to give you a complete smile makeover that will surely make heads turn!
At The Smile Institute, we believe in providing our patients with the most holistic approach to facial beauty. This is why we use the most innovative technologies and high-tech equipment to help you reach your smile goals. The Smile Institute offers you an opportunity to completely revamp your smile through the help of powerful cosmetic dentistry procedures including veneers, implants, crowns, teeth whitening, etc. Your doctor will take into consideration your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth color and other details to help you achieve your desired look. They will then ask you about the areas you want to enhance such as the alignment and spacing of your teeth, fuller lips, facial recontouring, etc.
They will work with you to create a customized treatment plan to help you achieve all that you want from your smile makeover. Powerful simulations and mockups produced by innovative digital scanning tools will be used to get accurate results and determine the best possible outcome. This enables you to get the best outcome that sits well with the rest of your facial features and enhances your overall appearance. Dr. Ambridge possesses the right skills and artistic flair, which is crucial for this treatment to work, to help you achieve an awesome smile transformation!
Botox & Fillers
Botox can help you greatly enhance your facial features and improve your overall appearance. In addition to that, it also helps in treating problems related to the smile such as the ‘gummy’ or ‘upside-down’ smile or persistent grinding of teeth. Plus, it also helps in treating pains resulting from oral health problems. And who better to take care of those stubborn imperfections than a trained dentist who specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry? Since dentists and plastic surgeons spend their entire career studying in great detail the anatomy of all the nerves and muscles in the face, the symmetry of the face, the different proportions of the face, and training their hands for micro surgeries, they are the best candidates for the job. Their expertise with facial anatomy and the functioning of facial muscles has proven to be a valuable asset in the administration of cosmetic injections such as Botox.
In fact, dentists administer more injections in the facial areas than any other medical practitioner out there! Getting the procedure done from an inexperienced person poses great risks, as it can result in frozen and awkward results that look far from natural! Apart from that, it can be extremely dangerous if someone who does not have proper education and training injects Botox into a nerve or blood vessel. Dr. Marina Ambridge will use her knowledge, training and years of expertise to help you achieve your desired look that appears natural and youthful!
At the Smile Institute, we use Botox as part of our overall smile design treatment, where the patient who started smiling very widely because they are no longer afraid of showing their beautiful teeth, might start getting “crows feet” wrinkles beside their eyes or fine lines around their mouth. This can be easily fixed by applying Botox to the correct muscles that cause those wrinkles, resulting in beautiful, smooth and youthful skin that glows from within!
Are ugly lines and wrinkles masking your beautiful smile? Does your facial skin seem like it has lost all its vitality and youth? Dermal fillers are injectable fillers that can help smoothen out your skin, restore the lost volume and define your facial contours. Since dentists are quite experienced and skilled in understanding the facial anatomy and physiology of the patients, they know the art of administering such cosmetic injections better than any other professional out there.
At the Smile Institute, our skilled dentists use dermal fillers to help give patients a youthful appearance as a part of our overall smile design program. Our staff ensures that the best techniques and tools are used to give you the most natural and subtle finish that blends in with the rest of your facial features. When done right, the results can be quite phenomenal!
Happy Patient Story – Filler
This patient was very self-conscious of what she described as thin lips with poor definition. She had always fantasized about having full, voluptuous lips. After completing her lip filler treatment, she told me that she loved her lips so much that she put on lipstick and then kissed her mirror to get an imprint of her lips. She could not contain how happy she was with her results! Outcomes like this really inspire me to continue to work hard to bring the latest knowledge and techniques to The Smile Institute.
We used two syringes of dermal filler to fill and contour the upper and lower lips. Dr. Ambridge’s artistic eye was critical here, as it was important to not only evenly distribute the filler, but also place it in such a way that it would create a natural and attractive lip shape.
Lip fillers are a safe and effective way to bring youth to your smile by creating the right frame for your pearly whites.
Looking for an instant-fix for your crooked, chipped or discolored teeth? Veneers can help you dramatically transform your smile in the shortest time possible. What was once reserved for celebrities and icons can now be availed by everyone, thanks to the rapid progress in technology! These thin shells of ceramic mask all the problem areas to reveal shinier and brighter teeth. We, at the Smile Institute, make sure that the veneers are placed accurately and look as close to your teeth’s natural color as possible!
These intricate techniques and procedures require a steady hand and an artistic flair, and Dr. Ambridge possesses both these gifts! Dr. Ambridge has already helped numerous people make their teeth whiter and their faces younger by increasing the aesthetics of their teeth with the help of veneers. With the Smile Institute, you are just one step away from your very own Hollywood smile!
Happy Patient Story – Veneer, Bleaching
This patient was graduating from college and getting ready to take on the real world. Yet, his black front tooth made him apprehensive whenever he needed to smile. Severe tooth discoloration is one of the possible consequences after an injury to the face. He was worried about having to get aggressive dental treatment and having to get a significant amount of his tooth shaved off to hide that internal darkness.
However, Dr. Ambridge had a technique to provide this patient with a conservative solution. After cleaning out the root canals of the front teeth, they were bleached from the inside to get rid of the discoloration. Afterwards a single veneer was done. Excellent communication with the lab technician and artistry recreated the characterization of this patient’s teeth to get a perfect match. As a result, we could give this patient his smile back while avoiding the need for a crown! Results like this get us really excited about dentistry.
Multilayered Natural Fillings – Multi Colored Translucent Fillings
Whether you have gaps in your teeth or cavities, our expert team will utilize their skills to restore your smile in the subtlest manner possible! We offer three different types of fillings including white, multi-colored and translucent fillings to enhance your smile. However, multi-layered natural fillings are the best, as they blend in with the rest of your teeth – giving the most natural look and feel! Having advanced knowledge in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Ambridge makes sure your fillings are as close to your teeth’s natural color as possible by using multiple layers of diverse composite materials.
This helps in achieving the most natural color and translucency for the filling. Natural translucency is very hard to achieve and there are very few dentists who possess the required skillset to perform such multilayered fillings. This is particularly crucial for the front set of the teeth, where a filling has to become completely invisible as if it was a natural part of the tooth. This is how our team uses the most advanced restorative techniques to give you a picture-perfect smile that looks and feels completely natural!
Multilayered Natural Crowns
Cracked or fractured teeth can cause severe pain and discomfort, especially when trying to chew. Apart from that, they can have a negative impact on your self-esteem, especially if they are in the front of your teeth, making you feel like your smile is not pleasant. Fortunately, multilayered natural crowns can be placed over the tooth to restore your confidence and give you an aesthetically pleasing smile. In the case of dental crowns, different colors are used to color different parts of the crown.
Your dentist needs to have a very good eye for the color and shades in order to indicate to the laboratory producing the crown what colors to use for which part of the tooth, so that it blends perfectly with the rest of the surrounding teeth. Dr. Ambridge and her team will use only the best tools and techniques to craft your customized multilayered crown that is not just sturdy, but mimics the natural color of your teeth and looks completely natural! There are 4 different types of dental crowns- Ceramic, Gold Alloys, Base Metal Alloys, and Porcelain-fused Metal. Our team uses all these materials to create your ideal match!