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Posts for: June, 2017

smile makeover in Colorado SpringsThere are many reasons to smile: you feel better, people around you react more favorably towards you, and you tend to get things done more easily when you do. So if you try to hide your teeth when you do smile, there are things you can do to help you smile more often. Collectively these things are referred to as a smile makeover. It consists of many different procedures and below we highlight a few of the most common ways to make your smile look just the way you want it to.

Dental veneers are the outer layer of porcelain that is placed on the surface of your teeth to replace eroded enamel. They help brighten and align your teeth, but they also help protect them and make them more durable. In this way they are just as much a benefit to your appearance as they are to your health.

Teeth whitening is a non-invasive bleaching procedure that helps you stand out in the crowd, and makes your teeth look whiter and healthier. Having white teeth is something that men and women value equally, both in themselves as well as in each other.

Dental implants are another product that can be categorized as cosmetic or prosthetic. This is because they can help those who are in need of tooth replacement as a result of bone loss, as well as those who have lost their teeth due to reasons other than decay. For example, victims of accidents may suffer from tooth loss.

Chipped tooth bonding is one of the easiest and inexpensive ways to repair chipped teeth. Dr. Marina Funtik uses a tooth-colored material composite resin that bonds with the rest of the tooth, giving you a brand new smile.

Now as for the cost, depending on which procedures you are interested in you could be looking at something in the neighborhood of $800 and up, but the good news is that many of these procedures are covered by insurance.

So schedule a time to sit with Dr. Marina Funtik and find out what she can do to help you today!


Gum contouring is often the solution for people who have certain problems with their smiles: either too much or not enough gums show up when they flash their pearly whites. This solution can be cosmetic in nature, as in a smile makeover, or it can be part of a necessary medical procedure, like in the case of periodontal disease. In either case, in this blog post we aim to clear up what this surgery is for, and what you can expect if you partake in it. 

Gummy smiles: this is a common problem for many people. It is a case of having too much tissue covering your teeth, making it seem like the teeth sit too low. It certainly doesn’t make you a bad person, but it might make you a bit uncomfortable smiling in public, or around people you don’t know. In this case, you can have a cosmetic procedure that removes the excess tissue from the teeth, affording a well balanced smile, showing just enough tissue, but not so much that it becomes a distraction when speaking to people.

On the other end of the spectrum there are people who have receding gums. This condition, like the one mentioned above, can also make a person uncomfortable smiling in public, however, it is not always simply a matter of cosmetics. That's because receding gums can be the result of periodontal disease, which is a medical concern, and can lead to serious problems such as tooth decay and even tooth loss. In these cases it is necessary to add tissue to cover the exposed areas, which takes a similar surgical procedure.

In both cases you want the procedure to be performed by an advanced and skilled Prosthodontist, as they are more equipped than the average dentist to deal with significant dental problems. Dr. Marina Funtik is a trusted Prosthodontist in Colorado Springs. If you feel you need gum contouring surgery, call us, or email the office today to schedule an appointment. Our friendly staff will be happy to take you in!