A clinical case by our Community member Dr. Riccardo Galetti
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This young patient was asking for the closure of his diastema in the frontal area. This was a residual orthodontic treatment related diastema between teeth 11 and 21.
After providing proper isolation of the sextant, the soft tissues were retracted with the rubber dam, and the teeth surfaces were cleaned.
Teeth were also sandblasted as a first surface treatment.
Then the bonding area of the enamel was etched with 37% orthophosphoric acid.
Bonding was applied to the surface as there was no dentin exposed, air dried and then polymerized for 40 seconds.
One single shade (A2 body) was applied with the help of a sectional matrix inserted in the dam in order to stabilize it. No wedge was placed in order to build the emergence profile as apically as possible.
Detail of the restoration of tooth 11.
After finishing the restoration on tooth 21, the hypothetical transitional lines were traced with a pencil, and then followed with the discs and burs to define the proper primary anatomy.
Final result after finishing and polishing, before removing the rubber dam.
At 2-week check-up the papilla had grown back to its original position, and color integration was optimal.
The use of a single body shade strategy is, in our everyday practice, a useful solution for closing diastemas with just a few steps. With non-invasive treatments and just the addition of some material, we can radically change the outcome of many orthodontic treatments that end with some little imperfections.
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