Additive Veneers

Modern adhesive dentistry has provided clinicians with simpler reconstructive procedures by opening new scenarios that were once unthinkable, thanks to adhesive techniques. To this end we nowadays have the possibility to make partial restorations, both with feldspathic and glass ceramic on anterior teeth, with nearly no preparation, by performing minimal intervention on enamel that is, in any case, preserved with its integrity, enabling us to get the best possible adhesion.
The approach presented hereafter is a modern approach to partial anterior restorative procedures and a useful workflow to follow in all of the cases that won’t allow occlusal checks, if not after cementation.
The patient has undergone treatment at our office since 2009, year in with restorations on teeth 15, 16, 17, 24, 25, 26, 27, 36, 37, 45, 46, 47 had been made because of the presence of primary carious proximal and occlusal lesions, and root canal treatment was carried out on tooth 26 because of penetrating caries. She reports trauma on anterior teeth during her childhood: in fact, fracture signs are present on the enamel of tooth 12, without symptoms.
Early wear signs are also visible on the enamel of teeth 21, 31, 32, 41, 42 as a consequence to malocclusion with a deep bite.
In March 2011, under my advice, once the restorative treatments were finished, the patient accepts to undergo an orthodontic treatment to correct II class, II division malocclusion with a deep bite and right-sided open bite. She was therefore referred to my Orthodontist who carried out the malocclusion correction and teeth alignment.
In December 2013, after two-years buccal, fixed orthodontic treatment, the patient is sent back to my attention from the Orthodontist, who has ideally finalized the treatment: under the skeletal situation and the available space, some diastemas were still around 12 and 22, both mesially and distally. Orthodontic treatment had produce and increase in the over-jet and a reduction of the overbite while solving the deep bite former status. Overbite was caused also by wear of incisal margins of 21, 31, 32, 41, 42, and, as a result, was particularly insufficient by the end of the orthodontic treatment, and a poor anterior protrusion guide resulted as well.
I thus was asked by the orthodontist for an intervention to increase the overbite and to restore the anterior guide in protrusion, to achieve an improvement in posterior disclusion and closing of the residual, post-orthodontic diastemas.
The patient also asked for the best esthetic solution both in the short and in the long term.


Patient close-up before orthodontic treatment.


Initial situation before orthodontic treatment, frontal view.


Face close-up during orthodontic treatment.


Frontal view during orthodontic treatment.


Initial situation, after orthodontic treatment. Frontal view, maximum intercuspation and open mouth.


Initial situation after orthodontic treatment, frontal view in maximum intercuspation and open mouth.


Initial situation after orthodontic treatment, frontal view. Protruded position. Reduced anterior guidance during protrusion.


Close-up on the overbite and on the missing contacts between 31, 32, 41 and their antagonists.


Initial situation in upper and lower anterior sextant.


Initial situation, occlusal view of both arches after orthodontic treatment.


Initial situation after orthodontic treatment, lateral view.


Post-orthodontic detail of teeth 12 and 22.


Face bow is perfectly positioned, parallel to the horizon with the patient standing.


Details of the articulator used for wax-up.


Details of analysis wax-up of 12, 21, 22, 31, 32, 41, 42.


Two transparent, rigid (Shore72 hardness) silicone indexes are made on the wax-up. After try-on, the indexes are filled with two flowable composites having same hue but different chroma. An A1 flowable is put on the incisal margins of the index and an A3 is put on the cervical part of the same index to get the mock-up to be an exact replica of the shades of the final restorations.


Mock-up is now printed onto the anteriors both on the upper and the lower arch, with no adhesive being used. Details of the mock-up on teeth 12, 21, 22, 31, 32, 41, 42.


Occlusal check of the mock-up.


Impression was taken with the mock-up.


Mock-up is then removed and, after correction of the small irregularities on the incisal enamel on 12, 21, 22, 31, 32, 41, 42 and of the small proximal undercuts of 12 and 22, with a thin, medium grained, diamond bur, but without preparing the tooth, precision polyether impressions are taken of these teeth.


Surface details, before impression.


Precision polyether impressions are taken to get refractory working cast mounted onto the articulator, crossed with the former casts, on which the additive feldspathic ceramic veneers of 12, 21, 22, 31, 32, 41, 42 will be stratified and fired. Details of the polyether impressions.


Details of veneer stratification on refractory model and silicone guides obtained from impression of the functionalized mock-up to reproduce the occlusal situation and the guides created.


Details of the restorations after lab processing, refining and polishing.


Detail of thickness and high translucency level of feldspathic veneers.


Thickness reminds of that of a contact lens.


Anterior upper (img. 27) and lower (img. 28) sextants view during veneer fitting on 12, 21, 22, 31, 32, 41, 42. Restorations are first fitted one by one to check marginal adaptation, precision and passivity. They are then fitted all together to check proximal contacts. The extreme translucency of this material is especially visible on the incisal margin of tooth 21 and compels usage of an opaque bonding cement to correctly hide the transition areas between natural enamel and ceramic.


Rubber dam isolation. Frontal view.


Positioning of clamp #212 to get sufficient retraction to uncover the cervical area of tooth 12. Restorations are fitted again under isolation, one by one at first, then together, before adhesive cementation that involves each single veneer by itself.


Etching of the internal surface of feldspathic ceramic restorations is carried out with hydrofluoric acid 9.6% for 40 seconds. The acid is then removed and the restoration is thoroughly rinsed. Universal adhesive containing silane is then applied, but not polymerized, to avoid increasing thickness.


After having protected neighboring teeth with PTFE film (teflon is formerly cold-sterilized in disinfection bath for 10 min), enamel on the buccal surface of tooth 1.2 is etched with 37% orthophosphoric acid for 60 seconds. A enamel here is aprismatic and unprepared we suggest to extend etching time or to sandblast with Al2O3 powder, 50 microns to enhance adhesion.


Same universal adhesive is applied over the buccal surface of tooth 12. Bonding agent is left uncured, not to add uncontrolled thickness that might alter fitting of the veneer, thus preventing it from correct positioning.


Restoration is cemented on tooth 12 with an A1, opaque, flowable composite that is chosen, as said before, to mask transition areas between natural enamel and highly translucent feldspathic ceramic. We then proceed to application of glycerin gel for better isolation from atmospheric oxygen of the luting cement to favor complete polymerization.


Detail of restoration on tooth 12 after excess removal.


The other veneers are then cemented one by one on the upper arch. Perfect fitting of restoration on 21 is guaranteed by two wooden wedges in the proximal cervical area, both medially and distally. Separation of the tooth is thus obtained from neighboring teeth. Restoration on 21 is then fitted one last time to be sure of its complete positioning.


Etching and rinsing phase of 21 detail.


Appearance of the surface of 2.1 after 60 seconds etching.


Adhesive cementation of the veneer on 21 is carried out as described before.


Details of finishing procedures on the transition zone between ceramic and composite with a Soflex disc.


Finishing with a multi blade bur from Style Italiano finishing kit.


Margin polishing is carried out with a natural bristle brush and diamond paste (Diamond Twist, Style Italiano).


Close-up of restorations on teeth 12, 21, 22 adhesively cemented and polished under rubber dam isolation.


Detail of lower arch isolation before cementation of the veneers on teeth 31, 32, 41, 42.


Details of fitting of veneer on 42. Buccal view.


Details of fitting of veneer on 42. Lingual view.


Final polishing phase.


Close-up of partial feldspathic ceramic restorations of 31, 32, 41, 42, adhesively cemented and polished under rubber dam isolation.


Lingual view of restorations.


Occlusal view.


One month follow-up.


Occlusal view of the dental arches after cementation of the partial anterior restorations and after polishing of composite restorations that had been performed before orthodontic treatment.


One year follow-up. Close-up of the upper anteriors. Translucency of the ceramic incisal margin was perfectly masked thanks to the choice of an opaque flow for cementation.


One year follow-up. Close-up on the lower anteriors.


Frontal view of protrusion motion that has been successfully restored, together with posterior disclusion.



Close-up of the patients new smile.


At the end of treatment and at following photographic one-year check-up restorations show a good integration both with soft and hard tissues.
On the esthetic side the patient has benefited from restoring of shapes and shades which was performed, as the patient herself asked, with the best materials and techniques for a satisfying result both in the short and in the long term. Her expectancies were therefore fulfilled.
On the functional side the orthodontist´s request of anterior protrusion guidance improvement was granted. Overbite was increased by lengthening of incisal margins of teeth 31, 32, 41, 42 which, after orthodontic treatment had no contact with the upper antagonists nor in maximum intercuspation neither during protrusion.
The use of feldspathic ceramic veneers – stratified and fired on a refractory material enabled us to work, in this specific case, with a completely additive procedure, thanks to the possibility, offered by this material, to be used with much smaller thicknesses than lithium disilicate, in a totally conservative manner and in full respect of hard and soft tissues, together with maximum exploitation of micro-mechanical adhesive potential of the enamel, on which adhesion of the restorations lays 100%.
Six months regular check-ups of this work, together with the periodontal support treatment, in addition to post-orthodontic stabilization with removable retainers after having changed the teeth shapes will guarantee the long-term success that the patient expected and the clinician aimed to.

Special thanks to Dr. Renato Cocconi for performing the pre-restorative orthodontic treatment and Mr. Simone Maffei for the laboratory work.


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