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Bonding: Case 5

This patient was interested in improving her smile but was reluctant to have any tooth structure removed. My first recommendation was to do “no prep” porcelain veneers but they have some shortcomings that didn’t appeal to my patient. In the end we decided that whitening followed by bonded composite veneers and a new crown on the dark lateral incisor would best suit her needs. Basically, these are tooth-colored composite resins that cover the entire surface of the tooth just like a porcelain veneer does. In her case our primary goal was to restore her worn lateral incisor ( the short tooth just right of center) to its proper length and also to build out her cuspids (eye teeth or canines). These are the third teeth from the center on either side and in her case they were far too small. They should be very prominent teeth that define the turning point or corners of the smile. You’ll see how by making these teeth more prominent her smile becomes much wider visually. Another advantage of this kind of treatment is that it costs much less than porcelain and it can be accomplished in one visit. We have yet to replace the dark crown on her right side.

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REASON FOR UNDERGOING TREATMENT

Wanted to enhance her smile