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Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction By Andrew Mortensen, DDS on December 28, 2021

illustrations of missing teeth treatmentsWhen multiple dental issues are present, people may feel like their smile is beyond repair. At his dental practice, Dr. Andrew G. Mortensen offers personalized and comprehensive dental services to restore smiles marred by dental problems or cosmetic flaws.

Depending on their needs and desires, our Fountain Valley, CA, patients may be ideal candidates for full mouth reconstruction or smile makeover. Both procedures improve the smile, but each in their own way. Here we explain the key differences regarding smile makeover vs. full mouth reconstruction, to give individuals a better idea of which treatment may be right for them.

What Is the Goal of Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Full mouth reconstruction focuses on rebuilding the smile by treating dental complications that compromise the health, strength, or function of the smile. Full mouth reconstruction can address multiple dental problems at once, depending on each patient's unique needs. Issues that can be addressed with full mouth reconstruction include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Acid erosion
  • Gum recession
  • Periodontal disease
  • Root canal infection
  • Chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss

Full Mouth Reconstruction Treatments

Full mouth reconstruction is completely customizable. Dr. Mortensen combines the restorative dentistry treatments that are necessary to address dental complications so that his Fountain Valley patients can enjoy a strong, healthy, and fully functional smile. Procedures that may be performed during full mouth reconstruction include:

  • Dental bonding
  • Dental fillings
  • Dental crowns
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Root canal therapy
  • Dental bridges
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants

What Is the Goal of a Smile Makeover?

The treatments performed during full mouth reconstruction sometimes provide the added benefit of enhancing the appearance of the smile, but that is not the goal of the procedure. A smile makeover, on the other hand, focuses primarily on how the smile looks. 

Even when the smile is strong and healthy there may be cosmetic blemishes present that detract from the beauty of the smile, and make people feel self-conscious about their appearance. Smile makeover treatment addresses aesthetic concerns to restore a brighter, whiter, and more attractive smile. Issues that can be addressed with smile makeover treatment include:

  • Dental stains or discoloration
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Minor chips, cracks, or fractures
  • A gummy smile (one with an excessive or uneven gum line)

Smile Makeover Treatments 

Like full mouth reconstruction, a smile makeover is completely customizable. Dr. Mortensen combines the cosmetic dentistry treatments that will best meet his Fountain Valley patients' needs, so that they feel more confident about the appearance of their smile. Treatments that may be combined to complete a smile makeover include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Cosmetic dental bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Invisalign®
  • Gum reshaping

Contact Us Today

Whether your smile has been compromised by aesthetic flaws or dental health complications, Dr. Andrew G. Mortensen offers the dental services that can give you back the strong, healthy, attractive smile you desire. To learn more about the comprehensive range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments we can provide, contact us online, or call (888) 471-3735 to schedule an appointment.

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Andrew G. Mortensen, DDS

Andrew G. Mortensen, DDS

Dr. Andrew Mortensen is a top-rated dentist with training from the world-famous Las Vegas Institute. His exceptional care and expertise have earned him hundreds of 5-star reviews, and he is an accredited member of the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Society 

Ready to schedule a consultation at our Huntington Beach dental practice? Request an appointment online or call us at (714) 964-4183.

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