The #Whiteology Approach in Direct Veneering

I bet all dental professionals are familiar with many areas such as implantology, cariology, periodontology.
#Whiteology is the study of beautiful and healthy smiles, divided into many specializations: anatomy, aesthetics, expression, confidence and general wellbeing. StyleItaliano developed this new approach using simple and smart techniques and materials, with the aim of providing dentists all over the world with skills to create smiles their paitents will love, while staying minimally invasive, predictable and repeatable. In this article I want to show how we can apply the #whiteology approach using White Dental Beauty CompoSite to enhance a patient’s smile in one visit.

direct white composite veneers sexy smile

This 25 years old young man came to the clinic complaining of bad esthetics of old composite veneers. The patient said he wanted to smile more confidently, and possibly proudly with a brand new white and attractive smile.

ugly broken and chipped incisors

The black background helps us highlight all the flaws of these restorations. The main flaw is that gingival embrasures were not properly considered when restoring the teeth, so the patient can’t properly floss and now has gingivitis. So, according to the patient’s request, we decided to replace the composite veneers on the upper 8 teeth.

rubber dam and ligatures isolation

We isolate with the rubberdam and retract the dam and papillae with floss ligatures and we removed the old composite.

enamel etching with orthophosphoric acid

We etched the enamel with orthophosphoric acid for 30 seconds, and then thoroughly rinsed (60 seconds).

etched chalky enamel

Note the chalky, frosty matte appearance of the enamel after proper etching.

brushing bonding agent on incisors

Bonding is applied with a brush Multiple coats of bonding agent are applied and after 20 seconds air is blown using oil-free syringe to let the solvent evaporate and polymerized perfectly for 60 seconds.

palatal composite shells

Palatal shells (about 0.5 mm) were built using the Enamel shade, with the aid of the silicone index.

composite contouring before layering

We built the proximal walls using metallic sectional matrices to layer the E shade from the White Dental Beauty CompoSite kit.

mamelon layering with dentin composite shade

White Dental Beauty CompoSite dentin shade Si 1 was used to layer and then shape the mamelons. The White Dental Beauty CompoSite Body shade is light cured for 40 seconds and the light output should be a minimum of 500 mW/cm2.

composite veneering before light curing

The final layer of Si E shade helps give the illusion of natural appearance and also for incisal characterization.

contouring composite with pop on disc

The finishing is a crucial part of a direct veneering treatment, to make teeth look natural, to come alive. First of all, the buccal contouring is perfected by using pop-on discs.

groove design for surface texturing of composite with diamond bur

Coloring and drawing the grooves can come in very handful when quickly characterizing composite veneers, here with a fine-grained diamond bur.

carbide bur to sweeten incisal grooves

To create the vertical macro texture, V-shaped grooves were engraved using a carbide bur, which is also great for texture.

polishing composite with rubber eve twist

After texturing we can remove the rubber dam. Now it’s time to sweeten the surface characterization by using a rubber Eve twist polisher.

goat-brush for composite polishing

Final polishing requires diamond paste. Here I used 3 and 1 micron diamond pastes with a natural goat-hair brush at 1,000 rpm dry and at 10,000 rpm with water irrigation.

felt wheel for glossiness of composite

A soft felt disc is used with a 1-μm aluminum oxide paste to achieve a very high gloss used at 1,000 rpm dry, and 10,000 rpm with abundant water.

finished glossy composite veneers

After finishing and polishing.

seamless composite veneers


check-up of composite veneers

Two weeks follow up.

smile after makeover by compsite veneering

Two weeks follow up.

composite veneers after 4 months follow up

Four months follow up.

optident composite direct veneers

Four months follow up.


Using simple, single-shade – or two-shade – techniques, combined with the concepts of Whiteology, is the path to having satisfied patients while using a minimally invasive, predictable and repeatable approach.


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