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Esthetics and Vertical Tooth Position: Orthodontic Possibilities Esthetics and Vertical Tooth Position: Orthodontic Possibilities

Author(s):

Vincent G. Kokich, Sr., DDS, MSD

Date Added:

12/1/1997


Summary:

Throughout the 1990s, esthetic dentistry has become a prominent part of the treatment protocol of most dentists. Patients have become more conscious of the benefits of a beautiful smile and are willing to invest time and money to improve the appearance of their teeth. Many of these patients can be treated with routine restorative procedures (crowns, composites, laminates) to achieve the desired results. However, some patients have problems with tooth position that create significant discrepancies in gingival levels which can compromise the esthetic result of restorative dentistry. Prerestorative orthodontic therapy can often resolve these tooth positivn problems and enhance the esthetic restoration. This article describes the indicativn, methods, and results achieved when orthodontics preceded restorative dentistry in the treatment of various esthetic challenges.

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