Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction

By Robert W. Hessberger, DDS on February 25, 2019

Smiling woman mimicking taking a picture through her handsWhenever patients have multiple dental concerns, we can combine two or more procedures into one comprehensive treatment. This allows us to prioritize and streamline treatment for a more conservative approach.

Both full mouth reconstruction and smile makeovers involve combining multiple procedures, and often, these two terms are used interchangeably. However, there are distinct differences between the two. Join our Chicago, IL team as we explore smile makeover vs. full mouth reconstruction.

Defining a Smile Makeover

In simple terms, a smile makeover focuses on cosmetics. This treatment is designed for those with healthy teeth and gums who desire a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Because every patient is unique, no two treatment plans will be the same. Each plan is customized to the specific needs of the individual. While some may want to whiten and straighten their smile, others may wish to alter the shape, size, or uniformity of their teeth.

Types of Procedures Involved in a Smile Makeover

Patients interested in a smile makeover at our practice can choose from several different procedures. Some of the most popular include:

  • Dental bonding: This treatment conceals chips, cracks, and other minor cosmetic imperfections.
  • Teeth whitening: Professional teeth whitening can brighten your smile by several shades in a single office visit.
  • Porcelain veneers: For more moderate cosmetic concerns, porcelain veneers can be considered. Veneers can change the size or shape of the teeth for a more uniform appearance.
  • ClearCorrect™: Many patients avoid orthodontics because they do not want to wear metal braces. ClearCorrect straightens the teeth using clear aligner trays, so other will not even notice you are undergoing treatment.
  • Six Month Smiles®: For those requiring minor orthodontic correction, Six Month Smiles may be an option. Compared to conventional options, this treatment can achieve straighter teeth in half the time.

Defining Full Mouth Reconstruction

In the same way that a smile makeover addresses cosmetic concerns, full mouth reconstruction focuses on restoring oral health. This treatment is often recommended for patients with several dental issues.

Full mouth reconstruction is tailored to the needs of each patient; therefore, no two plans are the same. For those who need to replace, repair, or restore their teeth, full mouth reconstruction could be an option.

Types of Procedures Involved in Full Mouth Reconstruction

There is a wide range of procedures that can be included in full mouth reconstruction. Some of these include:

  • Dental fillings: Small cavities or minor breaks can be repaired with dental fillings. At our practice, we offer tooth-colored composite fillings for a natural-looking appearance.
  • Crowns: If a tooth has a large cavity or defect, a dental crown can reinforce it. These restorations are available in a wide range of materials, including metal, porcelain, and zirconia.
  • Bridges: Patients who are missing one to three teeth in a row can benefit from a dental bridge. This restoration is attached to the adjacent teeth to “bridge the gap” in your smile.
  • Dentures: Removable partial or full dentures are available for those missing several or all of their teeth.
  • Dental implants: These small titanium posts replace the roots of missing teeth, and can be restored with crowns, bridges, and dentures. At our practice, Dr. Hessberger places and restores implants so patients can complete treatment in one convenient location.

How Can I Know Which Option Is Right for Me?

First and foremost, the only way to determine your candidacy for either type of treatment is to attend a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Hessberger. It is important to note that all restorative work should be performed before pursuing aesthetic procedures, as you must have a healthy, solid foundation before completing cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Contact Our Practice Today

Are there several things you dislike about your smile? Do you suffer from multiple oral health issues? If so, you may be eligible for a smile makeover or full mouth reconstruction at our practice. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (773) 792-5562.

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