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Courtesy of Dental Lab Products:
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…]
Carmen, from Florida, is a beautiful young woman who appears to be the picture of confidence. She’s a project manager for a software company, working with law enforcement. She is a fitness instructor. She’s even participated in a beauty pageant! But regardless of all of her personal success, Carmen felt insecure about the appearance of her teeth. She always recognized the value of a person’s smile and how that smile is something that everyone sees. But hers always left her a little uncomfortable.
Carmen’s teeth were crowded and unevenly spaced, so she never wanted to smile widely. While this posed a rather awkward obstacle in Carmen’s everyday life, it was an unavoidable situation when she competed in a beauty pageant. For pageants, Carmen comments, “We just had to smile, smile, smile! I was so self-conscious about it.” That experience, that discomfort and unease, that’s what pushed Carmen to get her smile fixed.
Carmen knew she wanted her teeth corrected, but she wasn’t sure how best to achieve that end – luckily her dentist did! She trusted her dentist to select the product that would be the most long-lasting, most durable and most natural-looking, and her dentist made the choice to go with e.max®. Carmen’s family was a little apprehensive about her having any restorative dental work, but she knew that her dentist thought e.max was the best option for her to regain confidence in her smile. She needed little preparation done to her natural teeth preceding her e.max procedure and before she knew it, her smile had been transformed. [Read more…]
Courtesy of Dentaltown Magazine:
Material science advancements have enabled dental professionals to design and fabricate highly customized restorations that meet patients’ aesthetic and functional requirements. Such advancements are especially helpful when replacing failing or defective restorations. Especially with large defects in the molar region, where direct restorative therapy reaches its limits, both anatomy and aesthetics can be restored by all-ceramic restorations.
In the past, posterior restoration guidelines dictated that function and strength be the most important characteristics of restorative materials. Although all-ceramic systems were produced from the late nineteenth century, their indications have been limited due to their poor mechanical properties and the associated failure rates. Therefore, cast gold or other porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) restorations with a higher fracture toughness and flexural strength were generally employed for posterior restorations, where respective forces of mastication occur. With the introduction of all-ceramic systems, which could be improved by structural reinforcement and defect-minimizing production process, the range of indications could be expanded. Another breakthrough was achieved by adhesive cementation, thus increasing the mechanical strength and improving the longevity of a ceramic. [Read more…]
Ivoclar Vivadent announces the release of its new Smile to the Max™ application for smartphones and tablets that provides patients with a wealth of information about the benefits of transforming their smiles with IPS e.max, the leading all-ceramic, metal-free material for today’s dental treatments. An extension of its highly successful patient education campaign, the app is now available for download at iTunes and Google Play. App highlights include information about IPS e.max, a before and after gallery, patient videos and testimonials, and details about what to expect throughout the treatment and smile makeover processes.