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September 12, 2022 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticOral HealthTooth whitening

Conservative Esthetic Management of White Spot Fluorosis Lesions: A Case Report

by Ahmad Alkhazaleh, BDS, MSc; Akimasa Tsujimoto, BDS, PhD, FIADFE

Dental fluorosis is an enamel anomaly that adversely affects inorganic phase deposition and organization causing enamel hypomineralization.1 Despite the essential effect of fluoride in remineralization of dental hard layers when used topically, a direct relationship has been established between the

April 13, 2022 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticOral Health

Successful and Efficient Complete Restoration of an Abrasion Dentition

by Cary Brown, DDS; Frankie Acosta

New technologies and modern concepts require close cooperation of the individual partners in dentistry, dental technology and also dental industry. Dr. Cary Brown and dental technician Frankie Acosta, both from California, USA, have worked together for seven years now and

April 12, 2022 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticEditorialOral Health

The Dawn of a New Day

by Dr Les Rykiss, DMD, Dip. ABAD, FASDA, FICD, FIADFE

Doom and Gloom. That is all that we have been consistently living with for the last 2 years. It’s time for all of this to end. We cannot possibly live comfortably with all of this negativity around us. Is life

April 12, 2022 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticOral Health

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Choosing the Optimal All-ceramic Crowns

by Daniel H. Ward, DDS

Cast Gold and Porcelain fused-to-metal crowns have a proven track record and are predictable.1,2 They are forgiving materials that can be used in less-than-ideal conditions such as uneven tooth reduction, sharp line angles and varying finish lines. Masking the underlying

April 12, 2022 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticOral HealthPractice management

Post-pandemic Strategies for the Dental Practice

by Debra Engelhardt-Nash

To say that 2020 threw the world a giant curve ball would be one of the understatements of the decade. For some, it felt as though the earth had stopped revolving on its axis and it has never quite begun

April 12, 2022 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticOral Health

Treatment Decisions for Missing Maxillary Laterals Based on Case Types and Stages of Development

by Salvatore Lotardo, DDS

Introduction Congenitally missing maxillary lateral incisors present a challenge for both the orthodontic and restorative treating dentists. Often, only two scenarios are discussed: canine substitution or replacing the missing lateral.1 The former is often considered an orthodontic solution while the

April 12, 2022 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticOral Health

Planning for the Unpredictable: A Case of Dental Trauma

by W. Johnston Rowe, Jr., DDS, AAACD

Introduction Predictability is a worthy goal for any practicing dentist. The study of evidence based models in dentistry has developed increasing predictability of the success of specific dental treatments and procedures in achieving optimum oral health.1 While dental treatments have

April 12, 2022 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticOral Health

Aesthetic Dentistry and the Dunning-Kruger Effect

by William E Turner, DMD, Cert Esth, Dip ABAD

Imagine you are 18 years old and all your life you have dreamed of a career in acting or modelling. Everyone that you talk to in your chosen field tells you the same thing. You have what it takes to

April 12, 2022 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticOral Health

Polishing High-Strength Ceramics Such as Zirconia and Lithium Disilicate, a Step-by-Step Approach

by Nathaniel Lawson, DMD, PhD; Chandani Mantri, BDS

According to a 2016 survey of the National Dental Practice Based Research Network, the top material choices for anterior crowns were lithium disilicate and layered zirconia whereas the top choice for posterior crowns was monolithic zirconia.1 Polishing high strength ceramics,

April 12, 2022 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticOral Health

Integrating Digital Smile Design Into the Aesthetic Workflow


Introduction Achieving a successful outcome in aesthetic dentistry can be a formidable challenge for all dental practitioners, regardless of their experience level. The patient describes their expectations for the case to the dentist, who then diligently works with provisional restorations

January 31, 2022 News BlogsCosmetic / AestheticOral Health

An Idiot’s Guide to Esthetics

by Dr. Nate Lawson, Dr. Augusto Robles, Dr. Celin Arce

The next 9 posts will deal with different esthetic principles.  These can be used for smile design, esthetic soft tissue procedures, orthodontic evaluation, or even just restoring a single anterior tooth. One place to start with a smile design is

February 8, 2021 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticOral Health

Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Dentistry: Simple Techniques to Improve Results with Dental Bonding

by Shannon Hobbs, DMD

The 21st century has proven to be a very interesting time for dentistry. Gone are the days when patients would only pay a visit to their dentist when in considerable pain or if a tooth had fractured. The trend has

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April 7, 2020 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticCosmetic DentistryEditorialOral Health

What Motivates You?

by Les Rykiss, DMD, Dip. ABAD, FASDA, FIADFE

As I write this editorial I certainly feel how time has flown by. Sitting in front of my computer, I realized that my 30th anniversary of graduating from dental school is approaching in May. I thought to myself, “Wow that’s

April 7, 2020 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticOral Health

Four Team Members, One Goal: A Transformation Story

by Jordan Soll DDS; Yair Lenga, Dip. Perio.; Emily Singer, Dip. Ortho.; Steve Somerville, RDT

ABSTRACT Quite often patients have the desire to improve their oral care and appearance but don’t know where to start. Compounding the problem is that when the patient is seeking solutions, they are often turned away or trivialized because their

April 7, 2020 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticCosmetic DentistryOral Health

A Multidisciplinary Case for Smile Enhancement

by Ross W. Nash, DDS; Mark Allen, DDS

A patient presented for orthodontic care with a chief complaint to straighten her front teeth, eliminate her overjet, and balance her lip eversion. Her dental history included annual dental cleanings and root canal therapy on #9. Due to the skeletal

April 7, 2020 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticOral Health

Case Study: The Missing Canine – A Puzzle with Functional and Esthetic Pieces

by W. Johnston Rowe, Jr., DDS, AACD

Introduction Few restorative situations provide more stress for a functionally driven esthetic dentist than one involving a missing canine. A missing cuspid creates not only an esthetic issue, but a functional complication, as well. While group function may be viewed

April 7, 2020 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticCosmetic DentistryOral Health

When is “Good Enough” Good Enough?

by Jack D. Griffin Jr., DMD

“I always do the best for the patient”. That is noble, we’ve all said it and absolutely should practice that way. However, our ability to deliver on this is often limited by many factors including patient desires, ability to afford

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Selfie Culture Driving More Cosmetic Dentistry: A Case Report of Conservative, Responsible Veneers: Delivering the Smile

by Susan McMahon, DMD; Joseph Zwickel

Social media has arguably become a global obsession. For teenagers and young adults, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat have become the most common form of communication. Teens are increasingly posting photos of themselves and friends. Beauty standards have changed significantly

April 7, 2020 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticCosmetic DentistryOral Health

Principles of Smile Design Treatment Planning

by Jeffery W. Lineberry, DDS, FAGD, ICOI, AACD, AAID

Introduction When it comes to re-creating a patient’s smile, it is not as simple as placing veneers or crowns on teeth that are whiter and brighter than the patient’s existing dentition (Figs. 1 & 2). The smile is an important

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April 7, 2020 Feature Cosmetic / AestheticCosmetic DentistryOral Health

The “Single Tooth” Dilemma

by Sunny Virdi, DMD

When it comes to aesthetic dentistry, many clinicians would agree that the “Single Central” cases are the ones that can be the most difficult. Trying to restore a single central brings up many discussion points: Direct or Indirect? Full coverage