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Fluorosis, Orthodontics, Veneers using the Digital Smile Design treatment concept

Multidisciplinary dentistry in management of untreated Fluorosis in an adult using ceramic veneers. Malocclusion treated with Orthodontics and Bone Screws .

The patient was a healthy 22-year-old woman leaving this country to pursue her studies overseas soon. We were given less than 6 months to complete her case.  Poor alignment and discolored were her chief complaints. The patient wanted a fuller, more attractive smile. The patient’s heightened awareness of her dental appearance led her to our practice in search of a conservative , digital smile  makeover .

Discolored teeth

Proper case selection is critical in obtaining a natural result when treating the dentition with minimal-preparation veneers. Patients have long welcomed this concept of a long-lasting, minimally invasive procedure that favors the preservation of enamel. It cannot be overemphasized that case selection is critical in the application of this technique. This patient was initially thought to be a simple case but the lower jaw was  protrusive and we need to bulk the upper anterior dentition,  with  no-preparation or minimal-preparation may have undesirable results.  Upper teeth look too procline to compensate the lower jaw.

Since we tried to make this case as ideal as possible, orthodontics and bonescrews were required to give a good positive overjet and overbite in this case. The orthodontic treatment gave the position of teeth that were required   her dentitions benefited from the minimal- preparation veneers except for the two centrals which had substantial caries were crowns . The rest could be treated in combination with shade change and incisal edge restoration.



Ceramic veneers are considered a conservative solution for patients requiring improvement of the shape, color, or position of their anterior teeth. Ceramic veneers have been extensively and successfully used to mask intrinsic staining, to give the appearance of straightening, and to correct minor malformations of anterior teeth without the removal of substantial amounts of sound tooth substance. There are several methods of attaining the reduction required with the preparation: freehand, use of depth cuts/grooves (the use of depth cutters or grooves and dimples has been recommended to control tooth preparation, as the use of standardized objects allows accurate judgment of depth), and use of silicone putty index or the provisional (use of a silicone index derived from the wax-up allows a visualization of the reduction required to achieve the form and contours of the preplanned shape and length of the final veneers).


DSD analysis

Traditionally, composite has been the preferred treatment modality when thin restorative veneering was needed. But today, with the introduction of minimal-preparation veneers and crowns a longer-lasting and more durable result can be provided. Ceramic offers a virtually stain-free surface, permanent high luster and polish, and superior incisal edge strength, which is far greater than the microhybrid composite of today. Fabrication of crowns and veneers involves a laboratory procedure, offers more control than composite because the ceramist has several days to fabricate the restorations.

Dr Kamsiah G Haider Prosthodontist, DSD Master & Instructor, BDS, MDSc

A dentist , a continuous education junkie and inspiring other dentists to be a real dentist ! Who do you want to help you improve your smile if you are looking for a dentist? Dr. Kamsiah also known as Dr. Kam is cosmetic dentist with over 30 years experience . As a Master and Instructor of the Digital Smile Design , together with dental implantology , prosthodontics and orthodontics I have the experience and knowledge to handle the most complex cases in cosmetic dentistry. Oral reconstruction, rehabilitation with or without dental implants and conscious sedation dentistry all in one place. She earns her membership of the International Association for Orthodontist (iAOi) in 2014. She has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and Implantology (ICOI) since 1997. She's into guided surgery and full mouth rehabilitation on failed dentition also known as teeth in a day with the help with digital dentistry. Something she's passionate about since embarking into private practice 23 years ago. Dr. Kamsiah was a full time lecturer at the University of Malaya and an Associate Professor at the International Islamic University and lectures on prosthetics , the All-on-Four concept and recently on the Digital Smile Design. Specialties: Prosthetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, Cosmetic Dentistry, Orthodontics, Invisalign, Bone-Screw Orthodontics, AO4, Teeth in one day.

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