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How can a major improvement of the shade and shape of teeth be simply achieved?
For quite some time, we have been hearing about minimally invasive techniques for the esthetic rehabilitation of the oral cavity. Whether a patient wishes to have stains removed, teeth bleached or the tooth shape and general appearance improved, the range of treatment options is almost unlimited.
Procedures include tooth bleaching, enamel micro-abrasion, direct composite restorations and the whole spectrum of laminate veneer restorations, ranging from full veneers—involving more aggressive preparation and the different types of thin or micro-veneers—to non-prep veneers and edge-ups. In cases where a major improvement of the shade and shape is desirable, indirect veneers are clearly the clinician’s first choice.
Because of their superior esthetic and mechanical properties, indirect veneers are ideal when extensive esthetic adjustments are required. Before the material is chosen, the clinician needs to understand the two main challenges of esthetic oral rehabilitation: selecting the proper shade and opacity of the material and determining the amount of tooth structure that needs to be removed in order to achieve the desired result. For example, in cases where teeth are moderately to severely misaligned and orthodontic treatment is not possible, aggressive preparation will be needed. The same applies to teeth with heavy staining caused by fluorosis or tetracycline. [Read more…]