Minimal Invasive Indirect Composite Veneers

11 Oct 2016 - 75624

Composite veneers can be a great solution to improve a patient’s smile and, if correctly managed, can perfectly blend in and give highly aesthetic results.

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The patient after orthodontic treatment and before impression for DSD

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Lateral view of the smile (initial situation)

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Lateral view of the smile (initial situation)

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Frontal view of initial situation, retracted lips. It’s visible the decay of tooth 22, an existing old composite filling on teeth 12 (M), 11 (MV), 22 (MV).

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Before: Frontal view

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Before: Upper arch

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First step of the DSD analysis: Facial analysis, picture of a frontal view (with retracted lips). The main purpose is to make the parallel between bi-pupillary line and the line of the smile. We transfer this information of DSD, to the next step, design of the form and the position of the upper teeth.

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DSD (Digital Smile Design)

As you can see, the frontal teeth 12, 11, 21, 22 – need an incisal lengthening. We use ratio between length and width = 85% of central incisors. Teeth type between triangle and square shape, which we choose from the facial analysis, the patient desire and his personal character. The domination of the form is related to his personality. The shape of the lateral incisors, followed the shape of the central incisors.

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Second step: Diagnostic wax-up of his new smile. The information is transferred from the DSD project.

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It’s visible that not all surface of the tooth are covered by wax, which means that there will be areas without preparation. But it will be clearly visible after the mock-up guidance information during the preparation stage.

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Third step: Transferring the information from the wax-up to mock up. Mock-up is performed to visualize the aesthetic and functional project for the future situation. This is the aspect of the mock-up immediately after the removal of the silicone key and polishing.

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Immediate Dentin Sealing(IDS) before impression

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Guided minimal invasive preparation of the teeth. The lack of dental tissue of the central incisors is due to removing of old composite restorations. It’s not necessary to make a big build-up because the veneers will be from composite. Immediate dentin sealing (IDS) is performed to the areas of exposed dentin tissue, medial of teeth 11, 21, 22.

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The preparation after IDS, teeth 11, 21 have gingival chamfer and the tooth 12, 22 are non-prep in the area of the soft tissue.

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Composite veneers. In this picture is visible the fluorescence of the composite, imitated the natural dental tissue.

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Partial veneers on 12, 22 and complete veneers on 11 and 21.

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Inserted veneer of tooth 21 and insertion of partial veneer, tooth 22.

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The margin and the adaptation between the composite veneer and the tooth surface. Try-in stage.

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Adhesive step 1: Isolation for cementation, first teeth 11, 21.

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Adhesive step 3: Etching gel 37% ortho-phosphoric acid

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Adhesive step 4: Application of the adhesive system (4th generation-primer and bond in separate bottles). At this stage, no primer needs, only adhesive is applied. No light-curing of the bonding system. The cementation is with photopolymer composite.

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Finishing and polishing.

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Finishing strips.

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1 week after the cementation of the veneers. We can appreciate better proportion of teeth and a more harmonious smile. The best advantage of the composite is the good adaptation of the color, even if the border of restoration of the tooth 12, 22 is in the visible part of the crown and there is no chamfer, at all.

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1 week after cementation, lateral view.

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1 week after cementation, lateral view.

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After 1 week.

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After 6 months recall.



One of the best advantages of composite is the good adaptation of the color, even if the margin of restoration is in a visible area and it can provide very good transition between composite and enamel in non-prepared cases. Good polishing, functional and aesthetic qualities close to natural dentin and enamel.



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