Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction: Which Is Right for You?

By Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S. on December 14, 2018

A woman pointing at her smileA smile makeover can help those who wish to improve the overall aesthetics of their teeth achieve a more vibrant and beautiful smile.

A smile makeover is not the only option for enhancing the smile. Full mouth reconstructions are also available and can address health issues that smile makeovers cannot.

Here, Dr. Thomas G. Zarger explains the difference between a smile makeover versus full mouth reconstruction at our Knoxville, TN practice. To find out which is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation.

What Is a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover is used to improve the overall aesthetics of the smile through a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Each smile makeover is unique to the patient, consisting of as many or as few procedures as needed to reach the patient's desired goals as well as remain within the patient's budget.

Smile Makeover Treatments

There are a wide variety of cosmetic dental procedures that may be used in a smile makeover. Some of the most common procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening: Surface yellowing and discoloration often responds well to professional teeth whitening and can help make the smile look younger and more vibrant.
  • Dental bonding: Dental bonding uses a material called composite resin to cover the surface of the teeth, effectively masking flaws and dental stains.
  • Dental veneers: Dental veneers are tooth-shaped shells that may be bonded to the front surface of the teeth. Veneers can help those who are unhappy with the size, shape, or color of their teeth achieve a more flawless smile.
  • Gum contouring: The appearance of the gums can affect the overall look of the smile. When the gums are uneven or cover a significant portion of the teeth, they can make the teeth look too small. Gum contouring is a procedure commonly performed with a dental laser in which excess gum tissue is removed and the gumline is reshaped.

What Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

A full mouth reconstruction is similar to a smile makeover in that any number of procedures may be used and the types of treatments will depend on the needs and goals of the patient.

The main difference between a smile makeover and full mouth reconstruction is that full mouth reconstruction is intended to restore the health of the smile. However, in treating oral health issues, a full mouth reconstruction can also improve the aesthetics of the smile.

Full Mouth Reconstruction Treatments

As with a smile makeover, there are a wide variety of treatments that may be used in a full mouth reconstruction. Some examples of treatments that may be used in any combination in a full mouth reconstruction include:

  • Dental implants: Dental implants are titanium posts placed within the jawbone that may be paired with dental crowns, implant-supported bridges, or implant-supported dentures to restore one or more missing teeth.
  • Bridges: Dental bridges offer a non-surgical method for replacing missing teeth. Bridges are generally made of two crowns joined by one or two artificial teeth. The crowns are bonded to the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, effectively restoring dental appearance and function.
  • Root canal therapy: Severe dental pain is a common symptom of root canal infections, which can develop as a result of tooth decay. Root canal therapy is one of the most effective treatments for root canal infections.
  • Dental crowns: Dental crowns fit over damaged or broken teeth to restore their strength and appearance. Teeth weakened by root canal therapy can also benefit from dental crowns.
  • Inlays and onlays: Tooth decay in the molars may be treated with inlays and onlays. Inlays and onlays are tooth-colored restorative treatments that can be used to restore dental structure, function, and appearance.
  • Root planing and scaling: Gum disease is a common problem that requires treatment during full mouth reconstruction. Root planing and scaling is a deep cleaning treatment that can help treat gum disease and improve gum health.

Find Out Which Treatments Are Right for You

If you believe you have oral health issues or simply want to improve the appearance of your smile, a full mouth reconstruction or smile makeover may be right for you. We welcome you to call our friendly staff at (865) 693-7631 to schedule a consultation.

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