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Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction: Which Do You Need?

Do you hope to make some radical changes to your smile? You might have heard about smile makeovers and full mouth rehabilitation or reconstruction (FMR). These terms are both used to describe the process of restoring the entire smile, but they are actually two different things.

The Difference Between FMR and Smile Makeovers

A full mouth reconstruction is a project your dentist undertakes to restore the function and health of your smile. You may have gum disease, multiple missing teeth, or trauma to your jaw that requires surgery. Ultimately, you’re in need of treatment that will help you eat and speak comfortably.

A smile makeover, on the other hand, doesn’t fix any serious health problems. It’s simply something you choose to do in order to enhance how your smile looks. Your smile makeover may include a handful of cosmetic procedures such as:

Where Smile Makeovers and FMR Overlap

Nearly all modern dental treatments incorporate aesthetics. So even if you need restorative treatment like crowns or fillings you can be assured that they’ll also help enhance your smile’s appearance.

Which Do You Need?

The best way to find out what kind of restorative procedures you need is to visit a dentist. You may require medically-necessary dental treatment without even realizing it. Only a qualified dental professional can determine whether you need treatment or just cosmetic enhancements.

Remember, too, that given the overlap in function and esthetics in dentistry that you can still get a beautiful smile no matter whether you choose FMR or a smile makeover!

Call a dentist today to get started.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123


Four Steps to a Perfect Smile

Is it possible to get a perfect smile? Knowing the right steps can get you there. Here are 4 important things you should keep in mind when you’re on the journey toward an ideal smile:

Without Healthy Gums, Nothing Matters

The gums are the foundation of your smile. Without healthy gums, nothing can hold your teeth into place. Gingivitis quickly becomes gum disease, which causes bone loss and mobility. Keeping your gums healthy is essential to keeping your teeth! 

Consider How Your Teeth Bite Together

Your teeth were designed to bite against one another, but an irregular bite can make your teeth wear down or even break your dental restorations. Crowded teeth also typically have more cavities and a greater risk of gum disease. 

See Your Dentist Regularly

Regular trips to the dentist will help keep your teeth healthier, minimize your dental needs, and reduce the impact of dental care on your wallet over time. Don’t put dental care off – waiting too long can cause tooth damage and the need for more expensive therapy. 

Explore Your Cosmetic Options

You might be surprised at what different cosmetic options can change your smile. Some are more affordable or dramatic than others. From simple bonding procedures to complex veneer makeovers, there’s literally something for everyone.

Not everyone is born with a perfect smile, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ever enjoy having one. Talk to your dentist about improving your oral health and any cosmetic concerns that you may have. You might be surprised at how simple it can be to finally enjoy a smile that you can feel proud of!

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979


Is a Smile Makeover in Your Future?

Are you happy with your teeth? Not satisfied with them, but actually happy? If you wish there were a few things you could change about your smile, you’re not alone. There are lots of people that have minor to significant tooth irregularities that are bothered by them every time they look in the mirror. That’s why smile makeovers are becoming increasingly popular with patients of all ages and backgrounds.

Cosmetic Dental Options That Fit Your Needs

There are lots of options when it comes to designing your perfect smile. Everyone’s needs are different, and so are their treatment plans. Smile makeovers can be an important investment or even an affordable option that meets the needs and goals that you’re trying to reach. Many people choose a combination of cosmetic treatments like whitening, veneers, tooth colored fillings or bonding, transforming one tooth at a time, or all of them at once. 

How Long Does a Smile Makeover Take?

Length of smile makeover treatment depends on what goals you’re trying to achieve. Some treatments like porcelain veneers provide instant results in just 2 visits. Composite bonding can be finished in one short appointment. Other treatments like implants or braces may take longer. One of the great things about getting a custom smile makeover consultation is that you can walk away knowing what options you have, as well as the time it will take. 

Make a Stunning First Impression

Beautiful smiles make lasting impressions. They increase self-confidence, help people become more sociable, and even give you an advantage when it comes to job promotions and interviews. Smile makeovers are a lasting investment that changes many aspects of your life.

Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental



A New Smile from the Ground Up

When years of wear, dental problems, and missing teeth seem to all come to head, full mouth reconstruction is the answer. Also called smile rehabilitation, full mouth reconstruction works to rebuild your smile from the ground up.

Everyone’s smile reconstruction is different. Your dentist will address your concerns as a whole, but in a method that treats one phase at a time. For instance, you may have several missing teeth and a few broken ones, but don’t want to just have them all pulled and a denture installed. Your dentist might suggest restoring your natural teeth first, then having implant-retained bridges placed in the areas of your missing teeth, followed by composite fillings on areas where silver fillings are beginning to wear out. The end result is a healthy, functional, comfortable smile.

Full mouth reconstruction typically utilizes a variety of services that are used in conjunction with one another to create one end result. Examples of procedures that are frequently used include:

  • Crown lengthening
  • Tooth and gum recontouring
  • Porcelain inlays/onlays or crowns
  • Tooth colored fillings
  • Crowns or fixed bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Orthodontics
  • Porcelain veneers

You don’t have to sacrifice appearance in order to have a functional, healthy smile. Your mouth is a series of up to 32 individual teeth that should be able to fit and work together properly every day of your life. If you’re becoming frustrated with the way it feels to eat, talk, or even smile, then you deserve to ask your dentist about full mouth reconstruction.

Chances are, you have more than one or two options when it comes to restoring your smile. Ask your dentist about what treatments are best for your personal needs.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers


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