Direct composite veneering for a new smile

A clinical case by our Community member Dr. Stefano Gelli

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Direct composite veneers have gained an important role in dental clinical applications. It can be a perfect minimally invasive and long-lasting treatment to enhance shape and incisal embrasures of the teeth. As the dental biomaterials and methods grow, the clinicians also had the chance to imitate dental tissues and to create a very natural restoration. The crucial criteria to achieve these cases are to learn dental morphology and to master the different layers of composite.
This article describes the necessities of direct composite veneers for the success of a smile makeover. In addition, this case elucidates how to perform a minimally invasive, long-lasting, functional and natural smile with direct composite veneers on maxillary incisors in a single visit.

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A young male patient, 25 years old, sought care at our dental clinic in order to improve the esthetics of his smile with direct composite veneering.

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A retracted view of the upper arch is crucial. After clinical and radiological evaluation, we proceeded with the esthetic planning to optimize tooth morphology. Enhancing the smile of our patient needed a good smile design, and a good composite material as direct composite veneers were indicated. Once the patient accepted our treatment plan after a direct mock-up, we performed the restorations. To improve the chromatic aspect, we performed an at-home bleaching of both dental arches. We waited for two weeks before executing the final composite restorations of the upper arch.

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Rubber dam was placed for isolating the teeth. Floss ligatures retracted the papillae and allowed optimal control over the emergence profile of the future restorations.
After good isolation, a silicone index was fabricated based on the wax-up, to place the palatal composite shells. Si E (White Dental Beauty) was used to give translucency and good opalescence assets to the restorations.

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Next, the SIO shade (White Dental Beauty) was placed over the enamel palatal wall before placing the final layer and building the mamelons.

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A translucent composite was used in between the mamelons to enhance the halo effect.

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The enamel E shade (White Dental Beauty) was used as a final composite layer in order to give the restoration a more natural appearance. Note: LM Arte Solo Anterior instrument (LM, powered by Styleitaliano) was used for layering the entire labial surface.

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Final result.

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The patient’s satisfied smile after 2 months.


The indications for direct composite veneers have recently been enlarged to include predictable application in the esthetic zone. The accessibility of composite materials with perfected physical and optical features simplifies the advance of enhanced esthetics while maintaining vital function.
Direct composite veneer restorations can be a treatment choice for patients with esthetic problems of anterior teeth and should be applied carefully with good patient hygiene motivation.


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