Smile Restoration

Oral Health and Teeth Makeovers

August 11, 2022
Woman smiling with clean beautiful white teeth.

e all want to have a healthy set of teeth, and no mouth is too far gone for an expert dentist and oral surgeon to fix. When it comes to improving your smile, you may be a bit confused by the available cosmetic dentistry procedures.

You may have heard of the complete smile makeover, but what about the full mouth makeover? If the purpose is to give you a beautiful smile, then what’s the difference between the two?

The Difference Between Form and Function

When it comes to teeth and smile restoration, there’s a difference between form and function. By form we mean the look of the teeth, and by the function we mean the dental health of the teeth. When you’re choosing whether you want a smile makeover or a full mouth makeover, it’s a question of whether you need your smile to look gorgeous or whether you need full mouth reconstruction.

What Is a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover is a procedure that gives you a winning smile, the kind of smile that draws attention and makes others jealous and impressed. Some of the things that are involved in a smile makeover can be teeth whitening, fixing discolored teeth and making sure you have the perfect tooth color, perhaps getting porcelain veneers, and, in some cases, getting a dental implant to replace a bad or missing tooth.

All of the dental procedures are done with one thing in mind: giving you the best-looking set of teeth possible. Chips, cracks, stains, and gaps will all be addressed in a smile makeover. Braces (often invisible braces like Invisalign) may be used to straighten teeth. The smile makeover dentist will polish your teeth and make them gleam.

In the end, you will come out of a complete smile makeover with vibrant white teeth that are perfectly straight and free from blemishes. You won’t need to feel embarrassed to smile broadly or show your teeth in public. You will feel confident and carefree with a set of teeth that will catch the eye from across the room.

What Is a Full Mouth Makeover?

A full mouth makeover is a much more intensive treatment plan. It is designed to take a mouth full of problems and turn it into a mouth that looks good not only from the outside but up close inside, too. A full mouth makeover cares about making sure your teeth are healthy, not just that they look great.

One of the most important reasons a  full mouth rehabilitation may be more beneficial for you is that it can also correct a bad bite. If you have a deep overbite, or excess overjet or your teeth are not coming together properly this can be corrected at the same time as your smile makeover. Incorporating the technique of improving your bite to more physiologic correct position can help with head-aches, neck pain, jaw clicking and popping, posture and even sleep. More importantly, it can help your smile makeover last longer since your teeth will come together in proper function. Patients' faces become more proportional which can also enhance your good looks. Patients report the same after looks as a face lift as by raising the bite can help hold face in proper proportions even aligning your chin to a better profile.

For a full mouth makeover, your cosmetic dentist may recommend restorative dentistry. There may be tooth decay that needs to be addressed and that may require work as partial dentures, dental bridges, or dental crowns can be positioned in a better physiologic location. This is more than a cosmetic smile makeover since it can give you the stunning look you are looking for.

A Smile Makeover or a Full Mouth Makeover: What’s Right for Me?

The choice between a smile makeover and a full mouth makeover may depend on concerns about the health of your mouth. It also may simply depend on your goals and concerns. If you want a gorgeous smile for an upcoming event and need the dentist to make your mouth radiant in a few weeks or less, then a smile makeover may be for you. If you want your entire face and muscular tonus to be healthier than it is, then a full-mouth makeover could be just the thing.

Of course, there are shades of gray between the two. A dentist may perform a complete smile makeover but also treat gum disease while they’re at it. Or a dentist may concentrate on whitening your smile but fill cavities and maybe do a root canal at the same time. All of this depends on what you want and what you feel you need.

When we evaluate every aspect of dentistry available, a full mouth makeover leaves no stone uncovered. We make sure the health of your gums and periodontal health is top notch, We look at your bite and make sure it functions properly. We look at missing teeth, unhealthy teeth and discolored or worn teeth and take everything into consideration when determining which procedure is best for you.

Of course, you’ll want to consult with your smile makeover dentist to see what they think. It’s always important to get an expert opinion because you may not know what problems are lurking in your mouth. In the end, the decision is yours.

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