Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction
By Stephen Rogers on November 14, 2018
As a comprehensive practice, our team at Greater Long Island Dental offers a wide range of treatments. We offer preventative, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to improve your dental health and appearance.
Whether you need treatment for cavities or you simply wish to improve the appearance of your smile, our Long Island, NY team can help. Here, we explore smile makeover vs. full mouth reconstruction, and discuss the purposes, benefits, and treatment processes of each option.
What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Full mouth reconstruction combines two or more restorative procedures into a comprehensive treatment plan. The primary objective of this type of treatment is to restore the health and function of your smile.
When Is Full Mouth Reconstruction Recommended?
Patients who have multiple oral health-related issues going on are typically candidates for full mouth reconstruction. For example, if you have extensive decay, you may require several fillings and crowns.
Or, perhaps you have gum disease and require periodontal treatments. Maybe you are missing teeth and are looking to replace them. These are all reasons why full mouth reconstruction may be recommended.
What Treatments Are Included in Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Because full mouth reconstruction is catered to the specific needs of the individual, no two treatment plans are the same. Some of the most common treatments included in a full mouth reconstruction include:
- Dental crowns: These tooth-shaped restorations can restore a tooth damaged by decay or cracks.
- Dental bridges: Patients who are missing one to three teeth in a row can replace them with a dental bridge.
- Dental implants: Currently considered the most optimal solution for tooth loss, dental implants are placed into the jawbone and can be restored by crowns, bridges, and dentures.
- Dentures: Individuals missing several or all of their teeth can replace them with traditional or implant-supported dentures.
- Tooth-colored fillings: Small cavities can be addressed with dental fillings. We use tooth-colored composite that will blend in with the rest of your smile.
- Inlays and onlays: These custom-made restorations fit into the tooth structure like puzzle pieces. Inlays and onlays are often used when dental damage is too severe for a filling, but not critical enough to require a crown.
What Is a Smile Makeover?
Like full mouth reconstruction, a smile makeover combines two or more procedures. However, the primary goal of this treatment is to improve the aesthetics of a smile. Therefore, a smile makeover involves multiple cosmetic procedures.
When Is a Smile Makeover Recommended?
A smile makeover can be performed on virtually any patient who is dissatisfied with two or more aesthetic elements. However, it should be noted that individuals seeking a smile makeover must be in good oral health before pursuing treatment. Therefore, if you have decay or gum disease, these problems must be addressed first.
What Treatments Are Included in a Smile Makeover?
The procedures recommended for you will depend on your personal cosmetic concerns and goals. There are several treatments that are commonly combined during a smile makeover. These include:
- Porcelain veneers: These durable, ultra-thin shells affix to the front surfaces of the teeth to mask cracks, chips, discoloration, gaps, and more.
- Dental bonding: Mild chips and cracks can be concealed with dental bonding. During this procedure, tooth-colored composite resin is applied to the affected teeth.
- Invisalign®: Patients looking to straighten their teeth can choose Invisalign. This system enhances the aesthetics of your smile without the need for metal braces.
- Teeth whitening: If your smile has become yellowed or stained due to environmental factors, such as dark-colored foods, teeth whitening can brighten the teeth by several shades.
- BOTOX® Cosmetic: Patients who wish to accentuate their new smile by smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles can benefit from BOTOX Cosmetic.
- JUVÉDERM: This dermal filler replenishes volume and reduces the appearance of fine lines.
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