The Power of Pencil
Besides defining form and shape by silicone matrix and exploring the internal color anatomy, we need one other crucial thing in the treatment to look forward in time: a pencil.
Who would not wanna predict the future? In direct composite in anteriors curiosity is always there during treatment… In starting the procedure we use wax-up and mock-up to see where to end up. We light cure composite in the color mock-up to try to see the outcome. To see the incisal thickness and to identify the transitional lines in our restoration. And to see if they match….Before the polishing stage there is no luster so you can not judge if they are in the correct place by lack of light reflection. And after polishing you absolutely do not want to touch and redo. This article will guide you through the steps to the desired and defined end result.
The POWER of PENCIL in direct composite
All images illustrating the incisal part in this article are placed in operator view to see more clearly.
Using your pencil to be able to see features of the restoration makes sure you can adjust them at the right time in the treatment and prevents redoing at the end of your treatment when luster and gloss are already established. Trusting on the pencil lines can make you work fast and focused with a guaranteed good outcome. Feasible and repeatable.
The lines do not lie.
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