Conservation is a pillar of sound, dependable dentistry. It enables us to preserve tooth structure and provide ideal treatment to patients.
Case #5: Minimal Prep Veneers Lead to Successful Conservation Treatment
Clinician: Dr. David Hornbrook, La Mesa, CA
A 19-year-old woman presented to Dr. Hornbrook’s practice with the desire to improve the appearance of her smile.
She asked for two main improvements:
- Whiter teeth
- All spaces closed
The patient had a history of direct composite bonding to enhance her pre-existing “peg” laterals and to close diastemas between her canines and premolars.
With presence of the peg laterals and the position of the teeth, the treatment plan was to place 8 “prep-less” veneers to whiten, reshape, and close all spacing.
Minimal prep veneers were chosen as the restorative material of choice combined with adhesive resin cementation.
The definitive restorations resulted in a very conservative, functional, and aesthetic smile.
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