Why Choose Us?

Your Smile, Your Life ™

"It was my first time having my teeth cleaned by Dr. Rye's Office. Susan, the Dental Hygienist, did an exceptional job. She was thorough and caring. I highly recommend Dr. Rye's Office and his Team."

Stephen H

People want to live life to its fullest, and at Rye Smiles for Life, we believe that they should look their best doing it. Through Exceptional Dentistry, we are meeting and exceeding our patients’ highest expectations every day by setting a new, higher standard for how dentistry is practiced. Patients from Washington, D.C., and throughout Northern Virginia, including Arlington and surrounding communities, visit our Fairfax cosmetic dentistry practice for expert, personalized care from cosmetic dentist D. Gordon Rye, D.D.S. Our Exceptional Dentistry is changing people’s lives every day!

What Others Say

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) selected Dr.Rye in 2012 to receive the AGD’S Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition (LLSR). Earning this prestigious recognition from the AGD symbolizes Dr. Rye’s dedication to dentistry and the fulfillment of his professional responsibility to “give back” to the dental profession and his community through his volunteer efforts. By embracing these core beliefs of the AGD throughout his career, he has set an example all general dentists are encouraged to emulate. Less than 200 members of the AGD have earned the LLSR. Dr. Rye’s commitment to the practice of dentistry and quality patient care, his volunteer efforts and his continuing pursuit of education after attaining Mastership is something of which he, his team and his family are extremely proud.

USATopDentists and Washingtonian, Northern Virginia, and Virginia Living Magazines have, since 2008, consistently honored Dr. Rye as one of the top dentists in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia region, both for general dentistry and for cosmetic dentistry. See http://www.washingtonian.com/packages/health/top-dentists-2013/.

Dental Economics – August 2006. Rye Smiles for Life was honored with the Outstanding Design Efficiency Award for Small Practices by Matsco in 2005, and is featured in this Dental Economics article as Office of the Month. Dr. Rye and his team have taken great care to ensure that their Fairfax cosmetic dentistry office is comfortable yet efficient, featuring the latest in technology and amenities.

Elan — February 2006. Elan Magazine selected Dr. Rye to speak about how he creates a beautiful smile for his patients. Read Dr. Rye’s answers to questions such as “How does the Golden Proportion concept influence your profession?” and “What do you recommend your patients do to keep their gums healthy?

No Ordinary Dentist

"As always, I was treated with the warm courtesy which is constant in this office. My cleaning and other dental issues were attended to immediately and professionally. . . . and I might add painlessly. Visiting the dentist used to be a dread. The care and attention I receive here has always been outstanding. It is now a pleasure to go."


Not an Ordinary Dentist.

When patients visit Rye Smiles for Life, they soon discover that we are not an ordinary dental practice. At our Fairfax cosmetic dentistry office, we have created an atmosphere that is comfortable and inspiring for our patients. D. Gordon Rye, D.D.S. and his team of dental professionals are highly trained in the latest dental technologies and advancements in cosmetic dentistry to ensure that you receive the finest care possible.

Patients from throughout Northern Virginia, including Vienna, Fairfax, and the Arlington / Washington D.C. area, know that they will achieve outstanding cosmetic dentistry results from D. Gordon Rye, D.D.S. It is this reputation that has made Dr. Rye one of the leading cosmetic dentists in the region. Dr. Rye has trained with some of the world’s most prominent cosmetic dentistry specialists, and has been providing exceptional cosmetic dentistry for more than 25 years. As an LVI Graduate and an LVI preferred dentist, he achieves fabulous results for his patients by combining personalized care with art, science, skill, and technology.

Rye Smiles for Life is the destination of choice for Exceptional Dentistry in the region. Patients travel from throughout Virginia, including Alexandria, Centerville, Ashburne, Gainesville, Reston, Herndon, Vienna, and from the Washington D.C. / Arlington area to visit our Fairfax cosmetic dentistry practice. To learn more about how cosmetic dentist D. Gordon Rye can help you achieve a healthy and natural smile, contact Rye Smiles for Life today!

All of our procedures are designed to be painless and provide beautiful, lasting results. We invite you to discover all of the benefits that Exceptional Dentistry at Rye Smiles for Life has to offer. From teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, to Invisalign® invisible braces and smile makeovers, our full range of restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry procedures will help you achieve your goals and improve your appearance. Through sedation dentistry, we can ease any anxiety you may have and make your visits as comfortable as possible.

Personalized Treatment

"THIS is why I recommend Dr. Rye to anyone who mentions they need a dentist! Dr. Rye and Lou are the best team of dental professionals I have ever worked with. They have practically eliminated any hesitation I have with dental procedures and make it an enjoyable experience. Love 'em!"

Elizabeth C L

Dr. Rye’s focus on implementation of the latest proven technology combined with his philosophy that patient communication creates relationships to achieve the best in life allow him to perform truly Exceptional Dentistry. Exceptional Dentistry combines relationship- and value-based care with experience and a comprehensive approach for outstanding results. This is Dr. D. Gordon Rye’s personal professional philosophy for the practice of dentistry, and also his commitment to bring you only the very finest in care.

A unique element of Dr. Rye’s practice of relationship-based Exceptional Dentistry is the Personalized Dental Plan (PDP). The PDP is your roadmap to achieving and maintaining ideal dental health for the rest of your life. Dr. Rye and his team will prepare a PDP for you after you have had an opportunity to fully explain your dental desires and after he completes a comprehensive exam and extensive consultation.

Many cosmetic dentists are capable of showing you the beautiful work they have done for previous patients and are often times in a hurry to do the same thing for you. Dr. Rye, however, is committed in taking the time to know you and your dental desires. Only then are he and his team able to address all of your unique dental needs and desires. The PDP was born of this exceptional approach to relationship based patient care.

At Rye Smiles for Life, the appointment at which you receive your PDP is much more than a diagnosis. Dr. Rye spends hours considering each patient’s dental situation and desires, the available treatments and technology to achieve the patient’s desired outcome, and the options available to the patient to treat their needs and achieve their dreams. At your appointment, we go over our recommended treatments, your options, and any other considerations you choose to discuss with us.

Many cosmetic dentists are capable of showing you the beautiful work they have done for previous patients and are often times in a hurry to do the same thing for you. We have a different approach. We may show you previous work so that you can see how we custom fit dentistry to our patients, but we am committed to taking the time to know each patient and their desires. Only then can we address all of your unique dental needs and desires. Your Rye smile will be uniquely yours. The PDP was born of this exceptional approach to relationship based patient care.

We encourage you to explore the many facets of dental care that come together to create Exceptional Dentistry at Rye Smiles for Life. If you dream of better dental health or a better smile, contact us at 703-565-2503 to schedule a consult.

Meet the Team

"So glad to have finally found a dental office that truly cares about the individual-professional, skilled and knowledgeable staff. Well-maintained office with up to date equipment and relaxing environment-truly a pleasurable experience."

Kari R

Our team is highly trained in the latest advancements to ensure you receive the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of and the comfort you deserve. Meet our team members who are ready to help you achieve your perfect smile!

Serpil, Dental Assistant


Serpil has been part of Dr. Rye’s exceptional team since 2002. She joined the team with over twelve years experience as a dental assistant including extensive clinical training at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Serpil will assure that you are comfortable during your appointment and that you enjoy your time with us as much as we enjoy our time with you.

If you have any special requests for your appointment such as a favorite movie, CD, or a warm blanket she will be happy to make sure that your special request is available for your appointment.

Lou, Registered Dental Hygienist


Lou has been part of our exceptional team since 1999. She received a B.S. degree from Loyola University of Chicago, and earned an advanced practice certificate from the JP Institute in Evolutionary Hygiene at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute. Lou is also certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and has clinical expertise in the field of Neuromuscular Dentistry. Lou keeps her skills and knowledge up to date by completing many continuing education courses each year.

Lou’s dedication and great pride for helping patients achieve their best oral health make her an invaluable member of our team. Her caring approach ensures that each of her patients enjoy their healthy and beautiful smiles for life.



After traveling the world as a military spouse, Dawn and her family have called Northern Virginia home for 24 years. After years of teaching children with special needs and first grade Dawn transitioned to working in dentistry and has been in the field for over 20 years. Dawn has been in our practice since 2013 and will be the first smiling face you see when you enter our office. Making patients comfortable and relaxed upon their arrival is her top priority each and every day.



Sadaf has been working with Dr. Rye since July of 2016 and has worked in patient services for several years. She grew up in Falls Church VA and moved to Fairfax in 2016. She graduated from Healthcare Business Administration from California University of Management and Sciences in 2015. Since January of 2017 Sadaf has been the office manager and she is pleased to play a role in helping patients and her colleagues. She is committed to providing the highest level of customer service to our patients and making sure their experience at our practice is both outstanding and comfortable. She also helps with scheduling appointments, arranging financing, and filing insurance claims.



Yoselin is a native of Northern Virginia and joined us in July of 2017. Yoselin has been in the dentistry field since 2004, having worked with a pediatric general dentist, before joining the Rye Smiles for Life team. She received her X-ray certification from Northern Virginia Community College and attended the Dental Assistant Training school. Yoselin loves helping others and has volunteered for the Mission of Mercy (MOM) as well as Give Kids a Smile. Yoselin’s relaxed warmth and concern for each patient helps make every visit to our practice exceptional.



Leila has been part of our team since February of 2017 and assists with scheduling appointments. Leila enjoys getting to know each of our patients and loves being part of a practice that encourages building patient relationships. Leila has been in the dentistry field since 2009. She studied Computer Science and is an artist. Leila is pleased to play a role in helping patients benefit from the life-changing Exceptional Dentistry Dr. Rye provides. She likes to draw in her free time.



Ellen joined the team in August 2016. She received her degree from the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists in Boston Massachusetts. Ellen has been in Northern VA for more than 30 years. She is thrilled to be part of the Rye team where the commitment to oral health and dentistry is exceptional. She has volunteered at the Northern VA Dental Clinic in Fairfax. She actively participates in continuing education classes. There is new information to learn and share with our patients. Ellen lives in Falls Church with her husband Michael.



Milena has been part of our exceptional team since September 2017. She received her Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene from Baylor College of Dentistry in 2005. She is also certified in Cardiac Life Support. Milena keeps her skills and knowledge up to date by completing many continuing education courses each year. She has been a wonderful hygienist for over ten years. When Milena is not providing exceptional dental hygiene services at Rye Smiles for Life, she enjoys spending time with her two boys running around chasing them.

Leading Edge Technology

"THIS is why I recommend Dr. Rye to anyone who mentions they need a dentist! Dr. Rye and Lou are the best team of dental professionals I have ever worked with. They have practically eliminated any hesitation I have with dental procedures and make it an enjoyable experience. Love 'em!"

Elizabeth C L

At Rye Smiles for Life, proper diagnosis and cutting-edge technology form the foundation for our Exceptional Dentistry. Dr. D. Gordon Rye insists on using the highest caliber diagnostic and technical tools, including laser tooth decay detection, laser gum re-contouring, digital X-rays, and computerized bite analysis, to carefully plan your Personalized Dental Plan. All over McLean and Fairfax, our laser dentist’s cosmetic dentistry procedures and restorative dentistry procedures achieve remarkable transformations with leading edge dental technology. Rye Smiles for Life was even recognized in the August, 2006, issue of Dental Economics as the office of the month for Dr. Rye’s commitment to advanced technology. Dr. Rye uses the following dental technologies in his practice.

Flexible Payment Options

"Always trust the professionalism of all employees! I was able to be seen at the last moment today with an inflamed gum. X-ray and exam were done and I was put at ease. When I began my work with Dr. Rye's office several years ago I told them we would be best friends! Well it feels like that whenever I am there. Highly recommend this practice for all dental needs!!!! Dr. Rye even lectures to dental students on the newest treatments in his field."

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Rye Smiles for Life provides several flexible payment options to ensure you can afford the dental care you need, with several options to work within your budget. For your convenience, we offer flexible payment choices.

Payment Options

  • Cash
  • Personal Checks
  • All Major Credit Cards Accepted

Financing Options


Our office offers dental care financing with CareCredit. It’s easy to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile with CareCredit flexible payment plans. Financing with CareCredit offers:

Payment options to fit within your budget No application fee or initial payment Fast, easy and confidential

To discuss our payments options or for any questions regarding dental financing, please feel free to contact our office, and a member of our team will be glad to help you. Our team loves helping our patients find a payment solution that fits their budgets.

Apply for CareCredit online.


We are pleased to offer our patients a simple and affordable way to pay for your dental care, with Lending Club Patient Solutions. Interest rates are very competitive, and approvals are high, with usually fast decisions. Our patients can have the funding flexibility they need, with maximum loan amounts of $50,000 and the monthly term limit of up to 84 months. Extended Plans offered through Lending Club Patient Solutions provide some of the most flexible and lowest monthly payments.

To apply online, click here.

Dental Insurance

If you have dental insurance, we will gladly process your claim. Even if we are out of your network, we will work to help you obtain your maximum insurance benefits.


Supporting Our Community

"Always trust the professionalism of all employees! I was able to be seen at the last moment today with an inflamed gum. X-ray and exam were done and I was put at ease. When I began my work with Dr. Rye's office several years ago I told them we would be best friends! Well it feels like that whenever I am there. Highly recommend this practice for all dental needs!!!! Dr. Rye even lectures to dental students on the newest treatments in his field."

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In 2012, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) recognized Dr. Rye’s commitment to community service by awarding him their prestigious Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition (LLSR). Less than 200 members of the AGD have earned the LLSR.

Dr. Rye accepts referrals from the Northern Virginia Dental Society, local churches and other organizations to provide oral health care services to low-income residents.

Dr. Rye and Rye Smiles for Life are proud to be an active supporter of the Fairfax community, including the following:

We support the following local youth programs:


Fairfax Little League, sponsoring multiple teams each year. Dr. Rye coached with Fairfax Little League for 20 seasons, was on the Board, and Directed Fall Ball for three years. In addition, Dr. Rye presents information about emergency dental care to Fairfax Little League coaches every year.




Robinson Secondary School choral department and crew team.


Virginia Music Adventures (VMA), providing opportunities for school aged musicians in the greater Washington, DC area.


W.T. Woodson’s football program, with custom fitted mouth guards so that each player has optimal oral protection on the field.

dominicanwaitingroomDr. Rye has travelled to the Dominican Republic and plans to return there to provide dental implant dentistry to the local population. Implant dentistry is the best dentistry has to offer when your natural teeth are no longer up to the task.

Patient Comfort

"I greatly dislike going to ANY dentist for any reason, including just having my teeth cleaned. This is the first dental office that I have returned to on a regular basis to maintain the health of my teeth and gums. It only took be 60+ years to find such a place."


Soothing Environment

Rye Smiles for Life offers a warm and modern dental office to provide all of our patients with a relaxing and comfortable visit. Our warm and caring team will make you feel special from the moment you walk through the door. From your first call to our office, you will experience our commitment to listening to our patients. At your first visit, you will have the opportunity to complete a comfort menu. Above all else, we want our patients to feel in control. We make sure you are completely numb before we start any work. We ask for your feedback to ensure painfree anesthesia, and we listen and make any necessary adjustments.

When you first arrive at our office, you will find yourself wondering if you are really visiting your dentist. Our reception area resembles a living room, where you can relax in comfort in front of a custom fireplace.

Sedation Dentistry


We understand many people have anxiety about discomfort and pain they have experienced in the past in the dentist’s office. We are committed to assuring that our patients feel comfortable and relaxed during every dental procedure we perform. patients who suffer from dental anxiety, we offer the following options to provide for optimal comfort: oral sedation, IV sedation Nitrous Oxide (sometimes called laughing gas) and general anesthesia. (include link to Sedation Dentistry page).

Watch TV or a Movie During Your Visit.

tlc tv

Our office is one of the first in the country to use the Technology Lighting Center (TLC) system. TLC is a combination operating light and viewing monitor that provides the utmost in patient comfort and flexibility. Whether in the upright or reclined position, you can relax watching DVD movies, cable television, or patient education materials, as well as digital x-rays or digital photos of their teeth on the flat panel LCD monitor. The monitor, which is mounted on a track attached to the ceiling, rotates to a vertical or horizontal position so that you always have a good view of the screen, but it remains out of Dr. Rye’s way. The glare-free operating light is directed on your mouth, not on the eyes, so that you have an unobstructed view of the monitor. You will become so relaxed while watching the monitor during your cosmetic and laser dentistry procedures that you almost forget that you are in the dentist’s office.



OraVerse is the first and only product of its kind to rapidly reverse the effects of local anesthetic so you can feel, speak, smile and drink normally in approximately half the time. OraVerse accelerates the return of normal sensation and function following routine dental treatment.

Same Day Dentistry

"I was more than pleased with my visit and meeting Dr. Rye and his office staff. The office procedure was very smooth and Dr. Rye took his time in his examination and was very thorough in same. I look forward to my next visit in 2 weeks for a treatment analysis."

Mary C

Saving You Time With CEREC & Same Day DENTISTRY

sameDr. Rye and our entire team understand that your time is valuable, so to save you time and to provide added convenience, we offer single visit dentistry with CEREC. This CEREC technology means that with just one visit you can receive porcelain crowns, onlays, and inlays, quickly and more efficiently than ever before. Processes that used to take multiple visits to the office are now quick and easy. The restored teeth as a result are a more natural match than ever before.

Imagine, breaking a tooth, walking into our office and in less than 2 hours walking out with a new permanent crown. What’s even better, there is no ugly metal line at the gumline and you didn’t need to wait 3 weeks with a temporary crown.

This technology ranks with dental implants as one of the two most important advances in dentistry in the past 25 years. We’re excited to share this exciting new technology with you.

CEREC (Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic) is an advanced dental technology utilized for the immediate restoration of decayed, cracked, or chipped teeth. CEREC can create full crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. The CEREC machine crafts a restoration in a matter of minutes. This superior method of creating precisely-designed, color-matched and highly durable ceramic restorations right in our office delivers the results you need in a single one to two hour appointment.

The procedure for placement of a CEREC restoration is very simple. First, Dr. Rye removes all decay from the tooth. He then shapes the tooth in preparation to take a digital picture. The tooth is then sprayed with a very fine powder. This allows the digital camera to take an acceptable image. Once this image is captured, the tooth will appear on a computer screen in 3D. This will allow Dr. Rye to design the restoration right in front of you. Once the design is completed, the CEREC will mill the restoration. This step takes approximately 15 minutes. You can actually watch this process if you would like. When the restoration is finished milling, Dr. Rye will place the restoration. The entire process should take just over an hour.

Fairfax Same Day Dentistry with CEREC

Scanning your prepared tooth produces an image that is more accurate than taking an impression with that old goopy stuff and it takes only seconds. Within minutes we can design and mill a custom restoration. These restorations give your restored tooth a more natural match to the rest of your teeth and can help preserve the healthy part of that tooth.

And better yet, these restorations do not contain any metal, which is not only safer for your mouth, but also eliminates unsightly discoloration. Plus, the composite materials used will even feel exactly like your other teeth!

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