If you’re feeling frustrated by the state of your smile, you’ve got good reason. Repeatedly, studies show that humans notice smiles, and a beautiful, radiant smile has the power to boost your confidence and even transform your outlook.
At Dental Studios in Summit and Westfield, New Jersey, our dentists believe in crafting smiles that reflect who you truly are. Using our cosmetic dentistry services for a full mouth reconstruction, often dubbed a smile makeover, can be transformative both physically and emotionally.
If you're considering a full mouth reconstruction, here's what you can expect.
What is a full mouth reconstruction?
This treatment is more than just cosmetic enhancement. It's a combination of dental procedures aimed at improving both the functionality and aesthetics of your smile.
Depending on your needs, the extent and methods of a full mouth reconstruction vary. Your Dental Studios provider creates a personalized treatment plan to correct dental problems such as:
- Missing teeth
- A gummy smile
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Significant dental decay
- Crooked or overlapping teeth
- Spaces or gaps
- Older dental work
We can provide a variety of cosmetic dentistry solutions to address your concerns and help you achieve a more perfect smile. What’s more? When you get a smile makeover, your oral health improves as well because treatment addresses problematic dental issues.
What can I expect during my treatment?
Before beginning any smile makeover procedure, your dental team meets with you to discuss your aesthetic goals and the potential options that can help you achieve them. We consider teeth alignment, size, color, gum health, and even factors like your skin tone and face shape.
With this information in hand, our team creates a personalized full mouth reconstruction treatment plan. The experience during your treatment depends on the exact nature of the services involved. Here’s a look at some popular procedures:
If veneers are part of your reconstruction, understand that it’s a two-step process. First, your dentist prepares the tooth by removing a tiny portion of enamel; this creates space for the veneer and helps in bonding. During the next visit, your dentist bonds the custom-made veneer to your tooth.
These are essentially artificial tooth roots. If we recommend dental implants, you undergo a surgical procedure to place the implant into your jawbone. Over time, the implant bonds with your natural bone, providing a firm base for an artificial tooth.
Professional-grade teeth whitening involves the application of a bleaching agent on your teeth. You wear protective gear, and within an hour, you can expect a brighter smile.
Inlays and onlays
Inlays and onlays restore damaged or decayed teeth. The process involves removing the damaged section of the tooth and then filling it with a material, such as porcelain, that matches your natural teeth. We generally complete this procedure in two appointments.
What can I expect after my treatment?
The recovery process and postprocedure care also vary depending on the treatments you undergo. In addition to enjoying a brilliant new smile, here’s a look at what you can expect after treatment based on the same popular procedures:
You might experience some sensitivity for a few days, especially to hot and cold. You should avoid staining foods and beverages for at least 48 hours.
You could experience some swelling or bruising around the site after surgery. Over-the-counter pain medication can help manage discomfort. It's crucial to follow the dental hygiene routine your provider recommends to ensure the success of the implant.
Some individuals experience tooth sensitivity or gum discomfort, but this usually subsides in a few days. To maintain your whitening results, avoid foods and drinks that stain and keep up with regular dental cleanings.
Inlays and onlays
Following the procedure, you might notice a heightened sensitivity in the treated teeth, which gradually decreases. Maintain regular dental hygiene to ensure the longevity of the restoration, and adhere to periodic checkups with your dental team.
If you’re curious about a full mouth restoration or want to take steps toward enjoying a brighter smile before the holidays, schedule an appointment today at Dental Studios in Summit or Westfield, New Jersey.