Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction

By Christine Hopkins on February 21, 2019


Woman with a vibrant smileThe goal of general dentistry services is to keep the teeth and gums in good health so that the smile remains functional and attractive. However, if oral health problems or cosmetic blemishes develop, patients can rely on restorative or cosmetic dentistry treatments to restore the structure and aesthetics of the smile.

In many cases, a single dental treatment is all it takes to get the smile back on track, but other times, multiple dental services are needed. A smile makeover dramatically enhances the appearance of the smile by addressing a number of cosmetic blemishes. Similarly, full mouth reconstruction dramatically improves oral health by correcting a number of dental problems.

Dr. Christine Hopkins is happy to discuss smile makeover vs. full mouth reconstruction in further detail with our Plano, TX patients so that they know which of these is most likely to help them achieve their dental goals.

Candidates for a Smile Makeover

Ideal candidates for smile makeover treatment are those whose smile has been impacted by multiple aesthetic flaws. Some blemishes that may be corrected through smile makeover treatment include:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Superficial cracks or fractures
  • Gapped teeth
  • Excessive gum tissue or an uneven gum line
  • Crooked teeth
  • Misshapen or small teeth

While the smile may not look its best, it is important that the teeth and gums are in good health before undergoing smile makeover treatment.

Smile Makeover Procedures

Dr. Hopkins personalizes smile makeover treatment so that she can address each patient’s unique needs. After discussing the patient’s cosmetic goals and examining the teeth and gums, she will create a customized treatment plan that will give the patient his or her ideal smile.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures that may be included in smile makeover treatment include:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental bonding
  • Gum contouring
  • Dental contouring
  • Dental crowns
  • Invisalign®

Candidates for Full Mouth Reconstruction

Ideal candidates for full mouth reconstruction are those with dental concerns that relate to the health or structure of the teeth and gums, rather than their appearance. These patients may have any combination of dental problems that are compromising oral functions or causing discomfort.

Issues that may be addressed through full mouth reconstruction treatment include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Dental damage
  • Gum disease
  • Root canal infection
  • Tooth loss

Full Mouth Reconstruction Procedures

As she does with smile makeover treatment, Dr. Hopkins personalizes full mouth reconstruction so that she can address each patient’s unique needs. Based on a visual examination and dental x-rays, Dr. Hopkins will customize a treatment plan that will restore the strength, function, and comfort of the smile.

Restorative dentistry treatments that may be combined to complete full mouth reconstruction include:

  • Fillings
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Dental crowns
  • Root canal therapy
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Dental bridges, dentures, or implants

Learn More

Both smile makeover and full mouth reconstruction treatment can benefit patients by addressing the dental problems that are keeping them from enjoying their best smile. If you would like to learn more about these procedures and which may be right for you, contact us online at your earliest convenience or call (972) 781-0209 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christine Hopkins.

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