Oral Health Group

Cosmetic / Aesthetic

April 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

“Ultrathin” Porcelain Veneers

by Ross W. Nash, DDS

During the last twenty years porcelain laminate veneers have grown rapidly as a treatment modality in dental practices across the globe. Their use has expanded from simple coverings for anterior teeth to full laminates covering all of the coronal tooth

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April 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Adhesive Cementation: One Step and Predictable

by George Freedman DDS, FAACD, FADFE

Over the past century, dentists have used a variety of cements for indirect procedures. A cement is defined as an agent that relates two or more materials such that they stay together in a specific relationship, incorporated as if they

FIGURE 17--Post op smile immediately post op.
April 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Diastema Closure: The Direct Resin Technique

by Robert Margeas, DDS

Patient demand for aesthetic dentistry with minimally invasive procedures has resulted in the extensive utilization of freehand bonding of composite resin to anterior teeth.1 The development of composite resins with natural fluorescence and polishability allows the clinician to mimic the

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April 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Porcelain Veneer Restoration of Canine Lateralization in Congenitally Missing Lateral Incisors: An Aesthetic Challenge

by Len Boksman, DDS., B.Sc., FADI., FICD and Brad Carson, BSc., DDS

The prevalence of congenitally missing teeth in the general population has been estimated by many authors1,2 to be between 6 and 10 percent. The incidence of missing maxillary lateral incisors is between 1-2%.3,4 Absence of both maxillary lateral incisors occurs

FIGURE 27--Happy patient!
April 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Special Considerations for Mandibular Anterior Veneers

by Cory Seebach, DMD

Abstract With the recent surge in cosmetic dentistry more and more patients are walking into the office that have had their maxillary teeth restored with porcelain veneers and have a considerable shade difference between the mandibular and the maxillary teeth

April 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Philosophy of Treatment Planning and Restoring the Natural Smile – Helping Patients Decide Their Aesthetic Ideal

by Scott Arne, DDS, FAGD

In recent years, there have been many technological and procedural developments in “aesthetic” or “cosmetic” dentistry. Tooth whitening, various forms of marketing by dentists and manufacturers along with “reality” makeover TV shows, have produced an increased public awareness of restorative

April 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Nobody Knows Dentistry Like Dentists

by Elliot Mechanic, BSc., DDS

We are living in what is perhaps the golden age of dentistry. Teeth are in vogue and it is suddenly “cool” to be a dentist. Because dentistry is everywhere, the public at times seems to be dictating what kind of

February 1, 2006 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

When Did the Line Blur?

by Stephen Zamon, DDS

About a year ago a new patient came to me for a second opinion. She had been to a “cosmetic” dentist and been given a treatment plan that left her confused and upset. Since her brother and his family have

December 1, 2005 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Aesthetic Correction for Severe Gum Recession

by Elliot Mechanic, DDS, BSc

There are times when a patient presents in our practices with dental problems that may initially confuse us. How can a dentist restore a compromised dentition without disappointing the aesthetic aspirations of our patient? Creative treatment planning using dental technologies

December 1, 2005 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Credentialling in Cosmetic Dentistry

by Wes Urich, DDS

We work in such a great profession where we can have a positive effect on a patient’s overall health and well-being, boosting self-confidence and often creating a life changing experience. Very rewarding for the patient and dental team. My professional

FIGURE 7--Pleased patient with her new veneers on her centrals.
November 1, 2005 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

CUMA-Collective Understanding and Mutual Aid. Part III – A Systemic Approach to Aesthetics and Function

by D. Dwayne Karateew DDS and Marco Beschizza MDT

To successfully complete a rehabilitative aesthetic treatment, a team composed of the treating dentist, a dental ceramist, necessary specialists and the patient must be formed. The success or failure of the treatment depends on the knowledge and skills of the

FIGURE 9--The ultimate goal of CUMA -- a completely enthusiastic patient.
July 1, 2005 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Dentist-Laboratory Communication: PART II Practicing CUMA: “Collective Understanding and Mutual Aid”

by E. Dwayne Karateew DDS and Marco Beschizza MDT

Collective Understand and Mutual Aid- “CUMA”, describes the interaction of a highly skilled and driven team, consisting of both dentist and ceramist, practicing symbiotically through understanding, trust and expertise. As we had previously discussed, so much more should be involved

April 1, 2005 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Which Friend Will You Be?

by Jordan Soll, DDS

Once upon a time there was a man who lived in a kingdom. In this man’s life he had three friends. The first friend was someone he adored and spent most of his time with. It was to this friend

FIGURE 5B--Initial Waxup - no increase to length incisally.
April 1, 2005 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic


by Dr Elliot Mechanic, BSc, DDS

We are living in the golden age of dentistry. New techniques and improved technology have brought more predictable, easier to use, and superior results to all facets of dentistry. Dentist’s are now thinking outside the box, working intensely, committed to

April 1, 2005 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Integrating Laser Dentistry Into Esthetic Dentistry

by Oral Health

Since its invention in 1960, the laser has found a wide range of applications in medicine. It took more than 25 years to see the first dental laser, with very limited use, in our office. Since then, various types of

FIGURE 2--Discolored composite restorations in 1-1 and 2-2 and an anterior wear pattern.
April 1, 2005 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

The Art of Conservative Esthetics

by Rhys Spoor, DDS

The presence of cosmetic dentistry in the public eye has never been greater. Dramatic examples of the life changing effects of improving a smile can be seen during prime time television, in magazines and newspapers. The public is becoming more

FIGURE 1--Ovate pontic compared to natural teeth
April 1, 2005 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

Esthetic Fixed Partial Dentures: Rationale and Technique for Ovate Pontics

by Jose-Luis Ruiz, DDS, FAGD

ABSTRACT As patient’s esthetic demands increase, dentists face the difficult challenge of replacing missing teeth with maximum esthetics without compromising overall function and health. When a fixed partial denture is the right choice, the ovate pontic is the best esthetic

FIGURE 6--This 29-year-old patient presents with a complaint of multiple BPVRs de-bondiing. The six maxillary restorations were easily removed with a dental explorer to reveal the underlying tooth preparations. Prognosis for long-term resistance to micro-leakage and additional de-bonding for the replacement BPVRs is guarded.
April 1, 2005 Feature Cosmetic / Aesthetic

A Disturbing Transition of the Bonded Porcelain Veneer Restoration

by Mark J. Friedman, DDS

The bonded porcelain veneer restoration (BPVR) has undergone a dramatic transition over the past two decades. It was initially introduced as a conservative alternative to a complete coverage porcelain crown. This is because instead of achieving retention from a circumferential