Smile makeovers are becoming an increasingly popular treatment, utilizing a combination of different procedures to help improve and revitalize the appearance of your teeth. However, there is another service called full mouth reconstruction which at first glance may look slightly similar to a smile makeover. In fact, these are two quite different approaches to improving the appearance of your teeth.
What Is a Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover is a procedure that is carried out on a generally healthy mouth and is designed to address problems with the appearance of teeth or even to replace teeth that are missing completely. The main aim of a smile makeover is to create a cosmetically pleasing smile and to enhance the appearance of your teeth.
People who seek out this type of treatment will often have one or more of the following problems that may include:
• Teeth that are uneven or irregularly shaped or sized
• Issues with small cracks or chips in their teeth
• Unsightly gaps in between their teeth that may also trap food
• Teeth that are crooked or out of alignment
• Teeth that are badly stained or discolored
• Some teeth may be missing completely
A well-designed smile makeover will generally include a combination of treatments for example teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns, and bridges or dental implants, as well as dental bonding or tooth-colored fillings.
A smile makeover may take a matter of weeks or several months to complete, depending on the treatments required. For example, treatments such as tooth whitening, veneers and crowns, and bridges, as well as dental bonding and fillings, can often be completed within a matter of a few weeks. Dental implant treatment typically takes longer as it requires extensive planning and the implants must heal before they can be fully restored with new implant teeth.
Some smile makeovers may include orthodontics, particularly as some adult braces are cosmetically oriented. This means they concentrate on only moving the teeth that can be seen when you smile or talk and which are in the front of your mouth.
A cosmetically oriented brace cannot correct more complex orthodontic problems that affect the way your teeth bite together. However, an advantage of this approach is that cosmetic braces can often produce excellent results within a matter of weeks or just a few months. In comparison, conventional orthodontic treatment can take a year or longer to complete. Full mouth reconstruction is a much more complicated procedure.
What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?
With full mouth reconstruction, the aim of your dentist will be to restore oral health and to ensure your teeth can function properly. This treatment is extremely helpful for people who have suffered some form of significant trauma to their teeth or jaws. Thus, causing the destruction or loss of some or all of their teeth.
It’s also very useful for people who have suffered from a significant dental disease, for example, advanced periodontal disease. In addition to gum disease that has resulted in tooth loss and possibly the destruction of their gums and jawbone. Full mouth reconstruction restores missing teeth and addresses serious dental problems that are affecting oral health and which may even impact general health.
Treatment can also be used to correct temporomandibular problems or problems with the jaw joints which can cause extensive jaw and facial pain. By the end of treatment, a person who has had full mouth reconstruction should have teeth that have been fully restored.
Their bite will have been corrected and it should look and feel very natural and comfortable. It is a highly sophisticated procedure that requires extensive planning as each step must be carried out in the right order to ensure an excellent final outcome.
Full mouth reconstruction may need the close collaboration of a number of dental specialists including a periodontist, dental implant dentist, and prosthodontist. Typical treatments that may be included in full mouth reconstruction include root canal therapy and treatment for periodontal disease. Additionally, it could quite possibly lead to dental implant treatment that may include gum and bone grafting to replace tissues that may have been destroyed by gum disease.
Treatments used to restore teeth include implant-supported restorations such as crowns, bridges and full dentures, as well as ordinary crowns and bridges, tooth colored fillings, veneers and tooth whitening. Treatment may also involve orthodontics, especially if the teeth are significantly out of position and this can help to correct temporomandibular problems or TMD.
Due to the extensive problems that often require correction during full mouth reconstruction, this type of treatment isn’t quick. It’s likely to take months or even longer to complete, but the good news is that the results could last for years or even for life.
Having full mouth reconstruction can significantly improve a person’s quality of life, allowing them to eat comfortably so they can get the proper nutrition and just as importantly to talk and laugh with the confidence of knowing their teeth look good.
Finding out More About Both These Treatments
If you think you might benefit from a smile makeover or feel you may need full mouth reconstruction, it’s best to book an initial consultation with your dentist. By closely examining your teeth and carefully assessing your dental health, your dentist will be able to tell you which treatments you might need to help restore your dental health and your smile.
They should provide you with a full treatment plan, detailing all the possible options that could help you. They will also talk to you about all these choices and will explain how each treatment may help improve your smile or your dental health, or even both.
If You Don’t Understand Something, Ask Questions!
This kind of information can be a lot to take in, so be prepared to ask lots of questions as your dentist will want to make sure you fully understand exactly what is involved with either a smile makeover or with full mouth reconstruction.
A good dentist certainly won’t mind spending a bit of time discussing these treatments with you. If you decide to proceed, it’s worth being patient even though you probably want to see the results as soon as possible.
Once treatment is completed, don’t forget to visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Having spent all that time and effort on restoring your smile, it’s important to look after it to ensure you can enjoy it for many years to come. For more information visit a dental center.