Not everyone can be born with a perfect smile. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry can make great-looking smiles a reality, however. At Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist, Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht have helped countless patients smile with enhanced confidence and improved dental health.
Our Staten Island, NY practice offers full mouth reconstruction treatment for major dental wellness issues as well as smile makeover treatment for cosmetic flaws of the teeth and gums. Let’s compare these two dental procedures and note when one option may be more ideal than another.
About Smile Makeovers
A smile makeover refers to a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures. The smile makeover helps enhance the appearance and aesthetics of a patient’s teeth, gums, and other structures of the mouth.
What Problems Can a Smile Makeover Treat?
A smile makeover is commonly used when a patient suffers from a combination of the following aesthetic problems:
- Tooth discoloration
- Chipped teeth
- Tooth gaps
- Uneven teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Asymmetrical teeth
- Gummy smiles
Common Procedures in a Smile Makeover
A few of the common treatments that are part of a smile makeover include:
- Dental bonding
- Teeth whitening
- Porcelain veneers
- Porcelain crowns
- Gum contouring
The ideal combination of procedures to use will depend on the needs of the patient.
About Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction fires to a combination of restorative dentistry procedures. The full mouth reconstruction helps enhance the health and wellness of various structures in a patient’s mouth.
What Problems Can a Full Mouth Reconstruction Treat?
A full mouth reconstruction is commonly used when a patient suffers from a combination of the following health problems:
- Fractured teeth
- Root canal infection
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Jaw joint problems
Common Procedures in a Full Mouth Reconstruction
A few of the common treatments that are part of a full mouth reconstruction include:
- Dental fillings
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Root canal
- Dental implants
- TMJ treatment
As with smile makeovers, the ideal combination of treatments will vary based on the patient.
When Is a Smile Makeover More Ideal?
Smile makeovers are more ideal for patients who suffer from aesthetic flaws. The focus of cosmetic dentistry is more on the look of the smile, though health plays a role as well.
When Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction More Ideal?
Full mouth reconstructions are more ideal for patients who have numerous health and wellness issues that affect their mouth. While the focus is on wellness, full mouth reconstructions do have a cosmetic component as well.
Tailoring Treatments to the Needs of Patients
Every patient is different, which is why it’s so important to tailor treatments to meet their needs. During a consultation at our practice, we will be more than happy to create a custom treatment plan just for you that addresses your health needs as well as your aesthetic goals.
Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
For more information about smile makeovers and full mouth reconstructions, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. The team at Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist is here to help. You can reach us by phone at (718) 705-4434.