Finishing and Polishing

The importance of proper removal of residues of cement for brackets after orthodontic treatment


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Male patient, 34. COMPLAINT Yellowish stains on the central incisors originated from a “non-satisfactory whitening procedure” performed 19 years ago. INITIAL APPEARANCE The teeth had A1 shade and the yellowish stains were residual orthodontic cement, which was only partially removed interfering in aesthetics.   CLINICAL/X-RAY EXAM General healthy oral conditions and clear teeth (A1 shade).
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Direct restoration of anterior tooth affected by trauma


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Male patient, 32. COMPLAINT Fracture of tooth 21 due to local trauma. INITIAL APPEARANCE Coronal fracture of tooth 21 involving enamel and dentin.   CLINICAL/X-RAY EXAM Tooth 21 had been treated endodontically. The trauma did not cause damage to the tissues surrounding the tooth, but extensive fracture and darkening of the dental remnant was noticed.
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Opallis onlay by using universal adhesive – A simple alternative for rehabilitation of posterior teeth


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Female patient, 52. COMPLAINT Fractured tooth. INITIAL APPEARANCE Extensive crown destruction of tooth 45 involving the vestibular peak, reaching the pulpar chamber.   INTRODUTION Cured composite resins in ideal conditions can be used in the office as an alternative for the ceramic onlays and the laboratory composite resin restorations. They present a number of advantages,
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Class V restoration using direct composite resin


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Male patient, 32. COMPLAINT Upper anterior teeth with cavities. INITIAL APPEARANCE Large cavities on teeth 11 and 21   CLINICAL/X-RAY EXAM Teeth 11 and 21 presented pulp vitality and large cavity lesions on the cervical (tooth 21) and cervical/medium (tooth 11) thirds, compromising aesthetics and function. TREATMENT Two direct class V restorations in composite resin
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Minimally invasive techniques for dental fluorosis: microabrasion and whitening


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Female patient, 20. COMPLAINT Teeth with brown stains and many white stains. INITIAL APPEARANCE Initial appearance of fluorosis stains. The brownish stains on the anterior teeth were causing embarrassment to the patient and were her main complaint.   CLINICAL/X-RAY EXAM Stains on teeth were classified as grade 5 fluorosis in accordance with the TF index
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