Int J Esthet Dent 12 (2017), No. 4 19. Oct. 2017
Complex cases with high esthetic needs represent a challenge for clinicians. A multidisciplinary approach is vital to achieve the planned result. New technological devices are needed to facilitate the collaboration between the clinical team members and to develop a fluent and effective diagnostic and therapeutic pathway. This article describes a well-defined protocol for the treatment of complex esthetic cases with the use of ceramic laminate veneers. The protocol involves different branches of dentistry: periodontal therapy, mucogingival surgery, restorative dentistry, orthodontics, and prosthodontics. Each step of the protocol should be executed in a very strict order: intra- and extraoral esthetic analysis of the patient, with photographs; digital previsualization by means of Digital Smile Design (DSD); clinical previsualization by means of a mock-up; orthodontic, mucogingival, and endodontic treatments, if needed; minimally invasive tooth preparation, driven by a mock-up and silicone indices; manufacture of ceramic laminate veneers; try-in and adhesive cementation. In this article, this protocol is illustrated by a clinical case report in which all the above-mentioned steps were carried out. The finalization was obtained by means of state-of-the-art adhesive techniques and ceramic laminate veneers. The correct use of modern materials, in combination with rigorous adhesive procedures, allows for a minimally invasive and highly esthetic treatment, with adequate function and a perfect integration that is in harmony with the patient's face.