SCA NB59 Perkins
NewBeauty Top Doctor Since 2010

Bob S. Perkins

Cosmetic Dentist
24955 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite C100, Malibu, CA, 90265
Step back and see the big picture you are communicating.


The attractiveness of one’s smile depends in part on the beauty of one’s teeth, but equally important is where those teeth are positioned in the mouth. “A great smile is about much more than teeth,” says Dr. Perkins. “It is about balanced facial proportions and proper lip support. It’s about seeing the ‘forest’ and not just the ‘trees.’ It’s often not enough to just make the teeth brighter with porcelain veneers, it’s as much about placing those porcelain veneers in the right position in the mouth so that they will show in repose and in conversation, not just when smiling. A properly trained dentist will know how to address overall facial aesthetics with teeth as just one of the important factors.”

About My Practice

What attracted you to cosmetic dentistry?

The smile is a window to the soul. That's as good as it gets.

What is the most important determinant of a great smile?

As important as beautiful teeth, is the relationship between the upper and lower jaws. If those are aligned and developed properly, then you have the proper canvas to paint the picture.

What information do you want to impart to every patient who comes to your office?

Empowerment! I want each patient to feel in control at all times. I have the steering wheel but they are the navigator. In the And joy that is within them.end, the final gift of empowerment is making each patient feel like their smile accurately reflects the beauty

What factors help set your office apart?

I feel like it is imperative that we look at the whole face. With proper training, a dentist can do a great deal to affect your defining facial features. For example, in instances where the lower jaw is set back, it can be comfortably brought forward making the chin more prominent and the nose appear more in balance with the face.

What do you see as the future of dentistry?

A more enlightened approach for how important facial development is to proper form and function. Form does follow function.

Why is your TMJ approach successful at relieving pain?

TMJ pain is directly related to muscle and joint dysfunction. This is because the muscles are chronically under tension. We bring the jaw to a position where the muscles and TMJ are most comfortable. When your jaw is in its most relaxed position, your TMJ symptoms will begin to disappear.

What aspects of dentistry are poorly understood by the general public?

The importance of a harmonious relationship between the upper and lower jaws. Get this right and you have an attractive smile, a generous airway for proper breathing and a greatly reduced likelihood of chronic headaches, TMJ pain, sleep apnea and more.

Why is TMJ pain so common and debilitating?

It is common because too often muscles in the jaw, neck and head are made to overwork in order to bring the teeth together. For example, if instead of walking, you had to do deep lunges in order to make forward progress, might your leg muscles become fatigued and sore within a short period of time? If we can get these muscles to relax, by bringing the upper and lower jaws into proper alignment with one another, then we bring about the end of chronic, debilitating pain.

About Me

What attracted you to cosmetic dentistry?

The smile is a window to the soul. That's as good as it gets.

What attracted you to cosmetic dentistry?

The smile is a window to the soul. That's as good as it gets.


University of Southern California School of Dentistry

A Minute With

  1. What do you wish people knew about dentistry?

    Wrinkles, double
    chins, thin lips, and
    a tired look are very
    connected to chin
    retrusion, poor teeth
    position, and short
    front teeth that don’t
    show enough.


  • Nonsurgical Jaw Advancement for TMJ
  • Smile Makeovers
  • Dental Implants
  • Orthodontics
  • Full-Mouth Reconstruction
  • Neuromuscular Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • General Dentistry
  • TMD / TMJ
  • Sleep Dentistry (IV and Oral Sedation)
  • In-Office and At-Home Whitening
  • In-Office ZOOM!™
  • Teeth Whitening


  1. I chipped my tooth as a child and have a fake tooth in the front, it's discolored but the rest look OK. What's the best way to fix the one tooth and keep it natural looking?
    What our experts say:

    If a piece of the tooth is broken off and not the whole tooth then I would opt for bonding tooth colored acrylic to what's left of the tooth and that is a much easier way to replicate the value of the existing teeth. When you have two front teeth and one of them is fake and one of them is natural it's really hard to make those values the same. Value is the brightness of the tooth, not really the color. The color is the hue. When they're standing next to each other they better look like Siamese twins otherwise it's going to look funny so you can achieve that a little more easily if you keep as much of the existing tooth as possible then bond some acrylic to it. But otherwise if you've lost the whole tooth I would say you do an all porcelain crown or all porcelain veneer. I would say if you've ever thought about whitening before this is the time to do it. Whiten your teeth then match the new guy to the whitening because once you pick out a color to match your existing teeth, you can't go back and whiten them without having to redo the porcelain.

  2. What's the price difference between porcelain veneers and composite veneers? And if so, do you get what you pay for?
    What our experts say:

    If you're doing them without a lab, which I have done before, it's about half as much to do composite than porcelain. I don't know about studies, only from personal experience, but for longevity I would feel much better about the bonding of the porcelain for long term resistance to leakage and everything like that. If I was the patient I think the odds of it lasting longer are much higher.

  3. When is Invisalign a better option than braces?
    What our experts say:

    The only time it's better is if the patient refuses to wear braces. In every other case braces are better. Invisalign is much slower, much less predictable and it wasn't designed well to do certain types of movements. So a case that might take me five months with clear braces, I don't use any metal, it might take me 12 to 14 with Invisalign. If you absolutely refuse to wear braces for whatever reason, that's the only reason I would suggest Invisalign. And Invisalign costs more because you pay a giant lab fee to the company.

  4. Composite veneers and porcelain veneers seem like they yield the same results, what are the differences?
    What our experts say:

    I think a porcelain veneer just has a different luster and it can never stain. The composites now are pretty good as far as staining but I wouldn't compare them to composite veneers. I just don't know that many labs that are doing composite veneers. There are direct veneers upon which the dentist actually places the acrylic himself. Anything with porcelain has to go to the lab so if you're comparing handmade acrylic veneers to porcelain veneers you've got to be really good at hand-making acrylic veneers. Porcelain is just the way to go if you can fit it into your budget.

  5. Is a smile makeover rejuvenating? Does it make you look more youthful?
    What our experts say:

    That's a term that dentists made. And yes, it's like taking somebody and rejuvenating them. A smile makeover is anything that's going to, on a large scale, enhance a patient's smile. It's a comprehensive enhancement of a person's smile. It can include gum work, sometimes the best thing you can do to enhance somebody's smile is to do some gum work, that can make the biggest difference of all.

  6. How prevalent are adult braces and are they mostly for first-timers or revisions from previous brace-wearing experience?
    What our experts say:

    I do tons of them. I do more adults than kids. I'd say it's 50/50 on first timers versus revisions because so much of orthodontics doesn't hold up because you have to retain the teeth. You have to wear retainers for your whole life. I used fixed retainers, there's a wire that you bond to the back of the teeth after you straighten the teeth. It's a small, thin wire that connects all the teeth and that prevents them from moving so those teeth are never going to move. You can't see the wire but it's common, a lot of people do it.

  7. I grind my teeth in my sleep and they are sharp. What is tooth contouring and will it help make my mouth look better?
    What our experts say:

    Teeth are more rounded so you would shape the teeth with a little sandpaper-type disc and remove the sharp angles and get rid of the serrated edges and just make everything look smooth and rounded and more organic. It's totally painless and very effective in changing your look.

  8. What's the best way to get a natural looking smile? Is it really by having a smile makeover?
    What our experts say:

    The first step would be to do a diagnostic wax up, an impression of your teeth. From the wax up you make the temporaries and from the temporaries you make the permanent so there are no surprises. You look at the wax up because it's a replica of how you want the permanent to look and you say 'This one's a little bit too long or whatever and you can make the changes. I would just stress to the dentist that you want things to look as life-like as possible so that means you don't want a tooth to look opaque because opaque is flat. Teeth are like glass, you can see through them so you don't want a tooth that looks opaque because it will look fake. Some veneers come out that way. Go to a qualified person, look at their before and after pictures and their smile gallery, interview the person because anyone can claim to be a cosmetic dentist, there's no credential there.

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Lisa D. D.
"Dr. Perkins is an outstanding dentist. After years of waiting, my teeth are finally straight. I always thought that is would be a long and painful process, but Dr. Perkins used his advance techniques to align my smile in just a few short months. Him and his staff always make sure I'm comfortable. "


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