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Quintessence Int 43 (2012), No. 10     1. Nov. 2012
Quintessence Int 43 (2012), No. 10  (01.11.2012)

Page 853-858, PubMed:23115763


Multidisciplinary approach to the establishment and maintenance of an esthetic smile: A 9-year follow-up case report
Francisconi, Luciana Fávaro / Freitas, Maria Cristina Carvalho de Almendra / Oltramari-Navarro, Paula Vanessa Pedron / Lopes, Lawrence Gonzaga / Francisconi, Paulo Afonso Silveira / Mondelli, Rafael Francisco Lia
In addition to providing functionality to patients, contemporary dentistry strives for esthetic excellence. Patients with anterior impairments, such as shape, size, and position alterations, have compromised smile harmony. A multidisciplinary orthodontic-operative dentistry approach has improved the treatment of these patients, since the use of orthodontic appliances in association with direct composite restorations can solve many esthetic problems. Although this treatment strategy is rather widespread, professional skills are necessary for the correct reproduction of the main features of teeth. Moreover, treatment success is directly related to its longevity. With the aid of a 9-year follow-up case report, a simple direct technique associated with an orthodontic treatment for restoring the esthetic appearance of an impaired smile, with good short- and long-term outcomes, based on minimal but essential esthetic repair interventions is discussed. Such coordinated treatment proved to be effective for the establishment and maintenance of an esthetic and pleasant smile.

Keywords: diastemata, esthetics, follow-up, orthodontics, peg-shaped teeth, tooth recontouring