A clinical case by our Community member Dr. Rim Bourgi
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White, considered one of the first colors used in art, is a symbol of peace and prosperity. It is an embodiment of beauty, and it shapes people’s smiles. Teeth discoloration is one of the main common issues that patients face throughout their lifetime and the best solution for this problem is bleaching. One of the most popular techniques used in dentistry is home bleaching, the minimally invasive, yet most effective treatment for tooth discoloration. How can a dentist effectively document and evaluate a discoloration? Since the Mobile Dental Photography (MDP) concept relies on using oral photographs captured by a smartphone with dedicated auxiliary lighting (Smile Lite MDP, Smileline), the aim of this article is to showcase the significance of MDP in assisting dental practitioners. This case focuses on the evaluation and treatment planning while maintaining a satisfactory state of mind for the patient’s well-being by showing the evolution of the treatment.
A 21-year-old male visited our dental clinic and asked us to figure out a solution for his dental discoloration issue, without drilling.
An initial picture is crucial to determine the proper shade and to assess the bleaching progress (the initial shade obtained in this case was A3 VITA classical).
To take this picture a smartphone and Smile Lite MDP device were used. The lateral lights were turned ON and covered with the white diffuser. Two retractors and one black contrastor (Flexipalette, Smile Line, Switzerland) were used.
Using the polarizing filter of the Smile Lite MDP device (Smile Line, Switzerland), an initial polarized photograph was taken to compare the shade without reflection. Only the central light is ON in this kind of picture.
16% carbamide peroxide (Teeth whitening gels, White Dental Beauty) was chosen as a bleaching product. The patient was given instructions on how to insert the custom trays (one drop per tooth, 2-4 hours/day for 2 weeks).
Final result. The color obtained was assessed with the same shade guide and the most suitable was B1, which is a good result.
The final result, after 15 days of bleaching with a polarized picture, was satisfying for the patient. Several white spots were highlighted after the bleaching process which will be treated later on.
The final color obtained compared to the initial A3 shade VITA classical shade guide. We can notice the difference between the initial shade and the final result with this polarized picture, the patient is able to see the difference and appreciate the work done.
The patient was happy with the result.
Nowadays, the use of bleaching agents has been greatly improved. A large variety of products have been developed due to the demand of such minimally invasive techniques. For home treatment, 5%, 10% and 16% carbamide peroxide exist, along with 6% hydrogen peroxide (Teeth whitening gels, White Dental Beauty); lower concentrations are used for patients with dental hypersensitivity. The “pH jump” of the NOVON® technology which causes the pH to rise and attain an alkaline range of 8.5, explains the decrease of dental sensitivity during and after bleaching in White Dental Beauty bleaching material.
A dental shade guide might increase the reliability of visual comparisons of tooth whitening efficacy as well as a spectrophotometer (OptiShade StyleItaliano).
Smile Lite MDP provides the opportunity to obtain high-quality photographs in an efficient way; furthermore, it allows both dentists and patients to visualize the progress of the treatment in a bigger scale.
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