Direct Anterior Veneer

A clinical case by our Community member Dr Mustafa Ali

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The development of technology and the continuous scientific research on materials and techniques allow the dentist today to simplify the daily clinical practice, obtaining predictable and performing result.
In anterior teeth, the outline, light reflective areas, surface texture, and gloss are the keys for obtaining a natural shape. In this article, the essential guidelines for a natural direct composite restoration was described.

styleitaliano style italiano initial situation multiple class 3 and class 5 carious lesions with old overhanging composite restoration

Close-up view showing multiple class 3 and class 5 carious lesions with old overhanging composite restoration.

styleitaliano style italiano initial situation multiple carious lesions in upper anterior segment

A patient visited the dental office asking for an aesthetic solution for her smile. She complained about unsatisfactory old composite, overhanging, and color changed with multiple carious lesions in upper anterior segment. She asked for more harmonious smile.

styleitaliano style italiano rubber dam isolation

Rubber dam isolation was done in an attempt to have a clean field from moisture. Clamp B4 was used for better retraction of the dam. Then, the caries and the overhang filling were removed in both central incisors. Next, sandblasting with 25 um aluminum oxide was used.

styleitaliano style italiano double sectional matrix bands placements

Double sectional matrix bands to restore proximal area between 2 centrals.

styleitaliano style italiano matrix bands placement

After restoring the right central, the first band was removed and the second band was kept to get a tight contact. Body shade A2 was used to restore class 3 and 5.

styleitaliano style italiano Distal walls restoration

Sectional matrix was used to restore the distal walls in both central incisors and body shade composite was used to cover the labial surface, with enamel shade as a final layer.

styleitaliano style italiano Removal of old restorations and carious lesions

The old filling and carious lesion in laterals and canine were removed.

styleitaliano style italiano Final situation lateral view

Lateral view of the smile (close-up view).

styleitaliano style italiano Final situation

Immediate result after contouring, finishing, and polishing.

styleitaliano style italiano Final situation

Final result after rubber dam removal. The dentist and the patient were very happy with the final result.


Adhesive direct restorations are a great source to manage frequent clinical situations. Nowadays, new techniques, instruments, and materials can help dentistry in term of precision and aesthetic aspects. A unique instrument known as applica (LM, powered by Styleitaliano) was used for composite layering application.

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