Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction: What’s the Difference? By Jose Valenzuela on August 16, 2021

before-and-after picture of  woman’s teeth after smile makeoverThe differences between a smile makeover and full mouth reconstruction may seem ambiguous to most people. After all, the results of both are a healthier and more beautiful smile. The goals of these treatments are what make them different. A smile makeover aims to primarily correct aesthetic dental issues, while the goal of full mouth reconstruction is to restore diseased or damaged teeth and improve oral health. 

Dr. Jose Valenzuela Jr. in Los Algodones, Mexico, provides affordable restorative and cosmetic procedures to improve the health, function, and aesthetics of your teeth. In this blog, we explain the differences between a smile makeover and full mouth reconstruction so you can understand what your smile needs. 

Smile Makeover: Candidacy and Treatments 

Smile makeovers are customized cosmetic treatment plans that produce dramatic results and enhance patients’ confidence. Candidates for a smile makeover must meet these requirements: 

  • Have good oral health: Your dentist will require treatment for cavities, gum disease, and bruxism before moving forward with any cosmetic procedures. 
  • Suffers from multiple cosmetic dental issues: A smile makeover is a carefully planned treatment of multiple procedures designed to address several aesthetic issues. 
  • Has realistic expectations: Patients should be aware of the risks and benefits associated with each treatment and the recovery process. Your dentist can explain each treatment and recovery process thoroughly during the initial consultation.

Treatment Options

Your personalized treatment plan will consist of multiple procedures that address dental stains, shallow cracks and chips, crooked teeth, crowding, gaps, an uneven gum line or excessive gum tissue, and more. 

The most common smile makeover treatments include: 

  • Invisalign®
  • Dental crowns
  • Zoom!® Teeth Whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Crown lengthening

Full Mouth Reconstruction: Candidacy and Treatments

A full mouth reconstruction can improve your oral and overall health, prevent further issues from developing, and provide a more beautiful smile. 

Almost anyone who has multiple oral health problems and is in good enough health to receive local or general anesthesia is a candidate for full mouth reconstruction. Patients must also commit to good oral hygiene practices before and after their full mouth reconstruction. Before your initial consultation, decide your budget and take some time to think about your concerns and goals so we can create a plan that meets your unique needs. 

Full mouth reconstruction candidates often suffer from several of the following oral health problems: 

  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Decay
  • Missing teeth
  • Old restorations
  • Cosmetic concerns

Full Mouth Reconstruction Treatments

To address these concerns, our dentist will create a personalized treatment plan that includes two or more of the following procedures: 

  • Dental implants
  • Dentures
  • Dental crowns
  • Periodontal care
  • Tooth extractions
  • Root canal therapy
  • Cosmetic dentistry

Repair and Renew Your Smile

Los Algodones Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry Center is a popular practice for U.S. patients because of our reputation for high-quality dental care, affordable rates, easy-to-access location, and trusted doctor. 


If you live in Mexicali or surrounding areas and you’re in need of affordable cosmetic or restorative dental treatments, visit the number one destination for dental tourism–Mexico. Contact us today at (928) 792-2156 or message us online to schedule an initial consultation.

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The Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry Center in Los Algodones offers patients in the Southern California and Western Arizona area state-of-the-art dental work at our modern, inviting, and comfortable dental office. Dr. Valenzuela is a member of multiple prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry

Contact us online or call (928) 792-2156 to schedule an appointment today.

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