Difference Between a Smile Makeover and Full Mouth Reconstruction By Bruce Wilderman on August 13, 2021

a woman smiling after smile makeover  “Smile makeover” and “full mouth reconstruction” are often used interchangeably, but they are, in fact, two different treatment plans. Smile makeovers utilize a combination of treatments to upgrade aesthetics for a more balanced and beautiful smile. Full mouth reconstruction plans combine several restorative treatments for patients with missing or damaged teeth.

Because Dr. Wilderman specializes in both, he can lay out the difference between a smile makeover vs full mouth reconstruction for patients in the Philadelphia, Bucks County, and Doylestown, PA, area.

Cosmetic vs. Restorative

Smile makeovers and full mouth reconstructions combine two or more treatments. They typically require multiple trips to the dental clinic. However, the type of treatment varies in both smile makeovers and full mouth constructions.

Smile makeover treatments improve the appearance of teeth and gums. A smile makeover may help provide the impression you want to achieve by straightening, whitening, or altering the shape of one or more teeth. Our dentist reshapes gums, as well.

Full mouth reconstructions are primarily restorative but may have some aspects of cosmetic dentistry. They completely change the way the mouth looks and functions. Usually, most of the teeth of the upper and lower jaws are repaired or replaced in a full mouth construction.

Common Procedures

Here are some standard procedures for smile makeovers:

  • In-office tooth whitening treatments can lighten extrinsic (surface level) stains up to eight shades.
  • Invisalign® aligners straighten teeth discreetly.
  • Gum contouring removes unwanted gingival tissue for a more desirable appearance.
  • Porcelain veneers permanently conceal cracks, chips, crookedness, or discoloration in your teeth.
  • Dental bonding instantly but temporarily repairs minor blemishes.

Here are some common procedures for full mouth construction:

  • Fillings protect the tooth from further decay.
  • Dental prostheses (crowns, bridges, and dentures) replace missing or severely damaged teeth.
  • Dental implants permanently replace the tooth root. They are usually covered by a restoration to make the teeth functional again while looking natural.
  • The practice of laser dentistry removes and cauterizes oral tissues quickly, safely, and precisely.

Should I Get a Smile Makeover or Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Talk with an experienced dentist about the goals you want to achieve. By attentively listening to your smile goals and assessing the current state of the mouth, our dentist can create a dental work proposal and timeline to help you attain the smile you have always wanted.

Generally speaking, a smile makeover is perfect for patients who want to treat multiple cosmetic flaws. Achieving the radiance and dynamic symmetry of a well-proportioned smile are the main objectives of a smile makeover. Cosmetic dentists design smile makeovers for patients whose aesthetic imperfections cannot be addressed in a single procedure.

In contrast, you may be a candidate for full mouth construction if you suffer from multiple dental, gum, or jaw complications, such as cracked teeth, TMJ disorder, receding gums, and missing teeth. These complications result in dental and overall health problems if left untreated.

Speak with a Dentist Today

If you are interested in upgrading the aesthetics, function, or health of your smile, contact Dr. Wilderman by calling (215) 340-1199 or messaging us online to schedule a consultation at Artistic Expressions Dentistry.

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Artistic Expressions Dentistry

Dr. Bruce Wilderman has been providing comprehensive cosmetic dentistry services since 1986. By combining a true sense of artistry with state-of-the-art technology, he can provide stunning results. At Artistic Expressions Dentistry, we are proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (215) 340-1199 today.

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