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November 27, 2020
by Dr Michael Cai, Australia.
The patient, a male in his mid-30s presented to the practice requesting improved aesthetics of the lower anterior teeth. Dark/black triangles had developed after fixed orthodontic treatment implemented to correct moderate to severe anterior crowding of the lower anterior teeth. The use of Bioclear matrices (anterior) allowed the achievement of anatomical form.
February 15, 2021
The success of minimally invasive restoration techniques heavily depends on high-performance dental materials, which give dental practitioners more control over the process. See how universal adhesives become an excellent choice for minimally invasive restorative and repair procedures, with a case example.
March 06, 2020
by Dr Tommaso Brunelli, Italy
A laborious cusp-by-cusp build-up of a posterior tooth’s occlusal anatomy can now be replaced by a one-step procedure using high-viscosity bulk fill materials like 3M Filtek One Bulk Fill Restorative.
July 03, 2020
by Dr Ajay Juneja, Dubai
When choosing between direct composite and indirect ceramic restorations, consider three crucial factors: aesthetic expectations, the financial investment the patient is willing to make, and the time available for treatment.
September 15, 2020
by Dr Jordi Manauta, Italy.
The patient was unhappy with the results of previous orthodontic and restorative treatments and expressed a desire for a more aesthetic outcome. A diagnostic and aesthetic assessment were the first stages in the treatment of this complex case.
September 16, 2020
by Dr Walter Devoto, Italy.
A ten-year-old patient chipped his right central incisor while playing with the family cat. The case was treated during an emergency visit.
In a 10-minute procedure it was possible to aesthetically integrate the 3M™ Filtek™ Supreme Flowable Restorative into the patient’s natural tooth structure making this an effective and efficient treatment option.
by Dr David J. Clark, USA.
The ability to adapt flowable deep in the tooth is more predictable than trying to pack or inject traditional paste composites.
The problem, until now, was that bulk fill flowable composites have been particularly prone to bubbles. In my hands the new “low bubble” delivery system from 3M (3M™ Filtek™ Bulk Fill Flowable Restorative) provides a consistently bubble free bulk fill flowable composite.
June 01, 2018
Riccardo Riatti, DDS, MS,
Specialist in Orthodontics
Use of 3M™ Clarity™ Ceramic Brackets with hi-tech 3M™ Unitek™ Lateral Development Archwires and overlay intrusion arch permitted perfect control of tooth movement. It was possible to expand arches in a controlled manner, reducing negative buccal corridors and to open the bite without mandibular posterior rotation.
Jeremiah Sturgill, DMD, MPH, DHEd
In many situations, a hybrid appliance therapy can marry the biomechanical needs of the orthodontist and the esthetic needs of the patient. This case shows how the 3M™ Incognito™ Appliance System, 3M™ Victory Series™ Brackets, and 3M™ Unitek™ Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD) System can be utilized to treat a challenging clinical case esthetically.
Kirk R. Davies, DDS, MS
APC Flash-Free Adhesive answers the question, “If I could improve one thing about the bonding procedure to make life easier, what would it be?”
Patrice Pellerin, DMD, Cert.
Ortho. FICD, FIADFE
Class II, deep overbite with retrusive mandible, upper peg left lateral
Omur Polat-Ozsoy, DDS, Ph.D.
Lingual orthodontics using customized appliances offers the most esthetic solution to treat all kinds of malocclusions in adults, with full 3D control of the dentition and complete invisibility. This case demonstrates the treatment of an adult Class III patient with a particular emphasis on smile esthetics.
May 05, 2016
Dr Fred Calavassy B.D.S. F.I.C.D. (2015)
In this clinical case Dr Fred Calavassy, demonstrates the use of a direct Bulk Fill composite resin, proving handy hints for success.
March 30, 2016
Dr John Burgess, DDS, PhD - 12.04.15
“We’ve told everyone to build-up resin restorations in 2mm increments for years and now all of a sudden, we’re saying 4mm is OK...”. An interview with Dr John Burgess.
February 25, 2016
Bas Loomans, DDS, PhD - 12.04.15
The replacement of defective restorations is a dental treatment that is carried out quite frequently. However, in many cases requires a challenging extension of the preparation.
March 02, 2016
Reinhard Hickel, DDS, PhD - 12.04.15
For practicability of repair techniques in the dental practice detailed criteria are needed to distinguish between failed restorations which have to be replaced and those that can be repaired.
March 21, 2016
Prof. Dr. Mutlu Özcan, DDS, PhD - 12.04.15
Repair procedures employing adhesive technologies are more cost and time efficient and lead to a reduced iatrogenic damage; therefore, such actions should be undertaken wherever appropriate.
April 12, 2016
Dr. Nils van Calcar, DDS, PhD - 12.04.15
The following case report illustrates a simple approach to lifelike composite restorations using a putty index and the aesthetic layering principle.
March 11, 2016
Prof. Dr. Claus-Peter Ernst, DDS, PhD - 12.04.15
Chairside restorations of a complete quadrant are challenging especially in cases where a complex cusp build-up is required in several teeth. See Dr. Ernst approach.
June 09, 2016
Frank Tussing, DDS, PhD - 12.04.15
Producing a precisely fitting restoration - why high hydrophilicity of the material is of great importance together with its hardness.
September 16, 2016
by Dr. Paulo Monteiro Previously published: January 2016 - Styleitaliano.org May 2016 - NSW Dentist (ADA)
Dr Monteiro describes a conservative direct composite resin approach to successfully restoring failing anterior composite resins in a young female patient. Application of the Styleitaliano technique offers predictability in aesthetic outcomes and a happy patient.
July 27, 2020
by Dr. Kazuhisa Matsumoto, Japan Date of Original: April 2012 - Espertise Magazine
In this case, Dr Matsumoto highlights the effects of Dentinal Hypersensivity, he demonstrates preventive treatment options available for immediate relief & aesthetically pleasing results.
October 12, 2016
by Dr. Jacqueline Esch Date of Original: September 2014 - Espertise Magazine
In this case, Dr Esch demonstrates how the clinical application of Clinpro Sealant on a high caries risk patient can be an effective method of caries prevention.
October 25, 2016
by Dr. Rakesh Jivan Date of Original: April 2012 - Espertise Magazine
In this case, Dr Jivan depicts the simple & easy application of Clinpro™ White Varnish in dentinal hypersenitivity with immediate pain relief and aesthetic results.
November 01, 2016
by Dr. Dylan Yung Date of Original: 2014 - 3M Australia
In this case, Dr. Young shows a simple step by step guide to successful posterior restorations using a simplified layering technique, utilising only two shades.
September 01, 2015
by 3M Oral Care. Published September 1st, 2015.
Explore aesthetic treatment for extraction cases, a study of bond failure rates, TAD assisted distalisation, and targeted mechanics with CAD/CAM.
May 01, 2015
by 3M Oral Care. Published May 1st, 2015.
Discover aesthetic treatment options, see the latest improvements in buccal tubes, and get more efficient treatment with the articles in this issue.
May 01, 2016
by 3M Oral Care.Published May 1st, 2016.
The May 2016 issue highlights four cases using Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Brackets and looks at the advantages of SmartClip™ SL3 Brackets with improved clips.
October 01, 2016
by 3M Oral Care.Published October 1st, 2016.
In this issue, authors from around the globe, sharing cases which show treatment with aesthetic Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Brackets and Incognito™ Lingual Brackets, 3M™ Self-Ligating Brackets and Forsus™ Class II Correctors.
April 30, 2017
by 3M Oral Care.Published April 30th, 2017
Read the latest issue of the 3M Orthodontic Perspectives Innova news and gain access to a wide selection of relevant and interesting case studies and articles on orthodontic products and treatment options.
November 05, 2019
by Dr Paulo Moteriro, Portugal.
A 40-year-old male patient was unhappy with the discolouration on his maxillary right lateral incisor that appeared after endodontic treatment. An internal bleaching treatment had not resulted in the desired outcome, so a restorative treatment was needed to obtain a tooth shade similar to that of the adjacent teeth.
A 35-year-old female patient presented with an enamel defect after completing orthodontic treatment. The defect affected the buccal surfaces of her maxillary anterior teeth and she wanted to improve the aesthetic appearance of these teeth. The patient asked for a solution that not only covered the defects, but also made the teeth appear whiter. She already had undergone a home-bleaching treatment. Based on three different treatment options presented, the patient selected a direct composite veneer approach.
A 50-year-old male patient presented for professional tooth cleaning. He had deep erosive lesions affecting the vestibular aspects of his maxillary central incisors, which he did not consider an issue. Nevertheless, the team informed him about the options to improve the aesthetics and protect the remaining tooth structure. The patient agreed to carry out a home-bleaching treatment followed by a direct restorative treatment with composite.
January 10, 2020
by Dr Nobert Kramer, Germany.
Investigations are currently underway to solve the problem of bonding MIH-affected enamel in restorative treatment. The current clinical recommendation is to extend cavity preparations into healthy tooth enamel for long-term success.
February 03, 2020
by Dr Paulo Moteriro, Portugal
How well your light-curing device performs greatly impacts the success of your restorations – as well as the rate of failure – making it important to check your unit on a regular basis.
August 26, 2019
A 35-year-old female patient expressed a desire to optimise existing composite restorations on her maxillary central incisors, which had been placed 15 years previously to close her diastema. Then, a silicone key had been used for guidance. No tooth preparation was carried out, as the composite was bonded to the tooth structure.
September 16, 2019
The main challenge in this case was to create a naturallooking, anatomically correct tooth shape. To simplify the procedure, we used an anterior matrix system and 3M™ Filtek™ Universal Restorative, because it was designed for the single-shade technique, and has great modeling properties and a chameleon effect for good optical integration.
September 23, 2019
by Dr Jihyon Kim, US.
The patient presented unaesthetic black triangles in the upper anterior and lower anterior sextants. He had recently completed orthodontic treatment to address the black triangles and was disappointed that the orthodontic treatment actually worsened the aesthetic dilemma. He was looking for a conservative solution to close his black triangles.
October 07, 2019
by Dr Richard Young, US.
The challenge in this case was maintaining the beautiful contours of the anterior tooth’s natural structure, and matching the dentition. 3M™ Filtek™ Universal Restorative along with a Bioclear® Matrix were used to restore this complex Class III so that it would be virtually unnoticeable.
April 01, 2020
by Dr Jean Madden, USA.
The Bioclear method, an alternative to classical cavity preparation design in direct composite restorations, is a repeatable technique that aims to repair the tooth with a compression joint instead of restoring it.
May 02, 2020
by Dr Ana Andres, Spain.
To achieve successful diastema closures with direct composite, precise planning is needed. This can be achieved by using photographs to analyse the tooth dimensions and visually design the planned restoration.
June 05, 2020
by Dr Vilhelm Gretar Olasfsson, DDS, MS, Iceland
The dual-layer technique improves direct anterior restoration procedures by giving practitioners control over each layer’s shape and thickness, making it easier to deliver a symmetrical and beautiful treatment outcome.
July 15, 2020
by Dr Sravan Chunduru, Australia.
A young lady presented to our surgery with a “hole” in the cervical region of the FDI #13.
She was seeking a functional and cosmetic improvement to the situation. In particular she was worried about food packing and was seeking a restorative option.
December 05, 2021
See how to stabilise complex restorative cases with Single Shade Composites. See a clinical case to learn how using a single shade of composite in a restorative procedure allows the clinician to focus on the tooth's shape, which is critical to the final esthetic outcome.
December 02, 2021
When there is a need for restoration in the upper anterior region of a patient with particularly high aesthetic demands, many dental practitioners prefer indirect over direct restorative techniques because of higher predictability and easy handling of the materials inside the mouth. See how to achieve beautiful results with little effort using direct composite materials.