Full Mouth Reconstruction Can Work Wonders for Misaligned Teeth
By Ann R. Sielicki, DDS on January 12, 2016
Patients know that they receive great care when they visit Sonoran Dental Design here in Scottsdale. Our team of dentists take a holistic approach to dental care, offering state-of-the-art restorative dentistry such as full mouth reconstructions as well as advanced cosmetic and general care.
Many patients of all ages have come to Sonoran Dental Design with extremely crooked teeth, and the wonder what can be done. Since we're passionate about full mouth rehabilitation as a way to have the best smile possible, let's go into this issue in a bit more detail.
The Problems Caused by Crooked Teeth
When you have teeth that are crooked, this can lead to a number of cosmetic problems as well as issues with overall dental wellness.
In terms of aesthetics, a smile that's comprised of crooked teeth can leave you feeling self-conscious. Gaps, asymmetry, crowding, and other spacing issues can make you feel hesitant to laugh and smile, even around people you've known for many years.
As far as dental health goes, crooked teeth can contribute to a number of oral hygiene and dental wellness problems, including teeth grinding (bruxism), TMJ disorders, and pain while biting and chewing.
These cosmetic and health matters are a great reason to consider a full mouth reconstruction to straighten and improve your smile.
Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction Necessary?
Not always, but it may be the best option for many patients.
In general, full mouth reconstruction is ideal when a patient has significant problems with spacing and tooth alignment, so much so that traditional orthodontics alone is not enough to improve dental alignment in any significant way. During the consultation process, we can help determine what method or methods of treatment are best for you.
Planning the Full Mouth Reconstruction
During the consultation process, we will use advanced imaging technology and diagnostic techniques to assess your dental alignment and plan a full reconstruction process. The planning stages will help us properly implement the right dental treatments at the right time, which will ensure the patient gets a straight smile in the most effective and efficient way possible.
Orthodontics Comes First
The first step of these full mouth reconstructions for crooked teeth is orthodontic care. Whether we rely on traditional braces or Invisalign®, the orthodontic care will help improve the overall position of the teeth in the mouth. It's important that this work be done first so each tooth is where it ought to be along the dental arch and new considerations regarding aesthetics and functions can be taken into account.
Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry Is the Next Step
Once the orthodontic care has been completed, the next step of this full mouth reconstruction process is the use of various cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures. This may include the use of porcelain veneers for minor spacing and aesthetic issues, the use of crowns to help address issues with tooth size or shape, or even the use of dental implants when there is a major gap between teeth.
In essence, the cosmetic and restorative phase of the full mouth reconstruction will help us make the necessary adjustments that orthodontics cannot accomplish alone. As with the orthodontic procedure, this next phase of treatment is completely customized to the patient's situation.
How Long Will Treatment Take?
This can vary from patient to patient, and since orthodontic care is involved, it can take some time to achieve optimal results. With that said, a number of patients achieve optimal dental wellness and proper tooth alignment from a full mouth reconstruction in roughly a year.
We'll be more than happy to provide a tentative treatment timeline for you as part of the consultation process.
Contact the Team at Sonoran Dental Design
For more information about treating crooked teeth and how we can help you have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at Sonoran Dental Design looks forward to your visit.
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“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily