Post-orthodontic direct incisal lengthening

A clinical case by our Community member Dr. Roma Turetsky

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This patient underwent a complex orthodontic treatment in our clinic to correct an open bite. After the orthodontic treatment, the patient was referred to me to restore the abrasion of the incisal edges of the anterior teeth, and to change the volume of the teeth.
A silicone impression was previously obtained for a wax-up on which a silicone key was fabricated. The restoration was carried out with composite shaded BL and WE, Estelite Asteria (Tokuyama).

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Initial situation. Immediately after orthodontic treatment.

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Patient smile before restoration.

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Photo of abrasion of the cutting edges of anterior teeth.

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After anaesthesia, the zeniths of teeth 11 and 12 were corrected.

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Isolation with the rubber dam.

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Rubber dam inversion and retraction with floss. Teeth were sandblasted with 27-micron aluminum oxide.

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Fitting of the silicone key.

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Etching the enamel before the adhesive procedures.

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Restoration of the palatal wall of the incisal edge.

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Restoration of the buccal wall.

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A retainer was placed at the end of the treatment to keep teeth in place.

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Aspect after the restoration.

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After two weeks gums had healed and restorations were integrated.

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View of the incisal edges.

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After restoration.

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Smile photo.


Composite materials allow to directly restore teeth without tissue preparation. The preliminary wax-up procedure greatly facilitates the work and provides an outline of the future restoration. The BL composite shade allowed to achieve the highly aesthetic result required.


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