Porcelain veneers in the Esthetic zone

Porcelain veneers in the Esthetic zone






A 26 year-old female patientpresented with fractures of the incisal margins of 1.1 and 2.1.

2 affollamento inferiore

3 occlusione centrica

The patient reported that she had already received composite restorations on such teeth twice but cohesive failures occurred in both occasions. Moreover, shecomplained of an unsatisfactory esthetic result.

4 incisivi centrali

The patient was in good general health, was a moderate smoker (about 10 cigarettes per day) and had acceptable oral hygiene. Dental crowding, malocclusion and abfractions were noticed but the patient did not accept any orthodontic treatment and asked just for the restoration of the maxillary central incisors.

The patient refused a new restoration with composite materials and, after achieving a written consent, it was decided to make two feldspathic porcelain veneers, in order to restore both function and esthetics with a minimally invasive adhesive approach.

In rest position, the visibility of the incisal margins of the teeth to be restored was considered satisfactory.

1 frattura incisivi

The previous composite restorations were identified under magnification and transillumination in order to remove the restorative materials selectively and project the best preparation design.

5 compositi

7 frattura denti

Due to mandibular dental crowding and type of fracture of the incisal margins, particular attention was given to the evaluation of overjet and overbite, in order to assess the availability of the functional spaces for the final restorations.

49 protrusione incisivi

8 overjet.jpg

Diagnostic impressions were made and inter-maxillary relationship recorded by means of a centric occlusion wax, in order to mount the casts on an average values articulator.

9 cera occlusale

10 impronte di studio

The patient was subjected to professional oral hygiene and motivated to home oral care by a dental hygienist. Subsequently, in order to achieve the best esthetic result, the patient required home dental bleaching with 15% carbamide peroxide and potassium fluoride. Since the oxidizing agents may interfere with the polymerization of composite resins, the finalization of the case was delayed for two weeks.



A working wax-up was made harmonizing the shapes and volumes of the teeth to be treated. The wax-up was made on the basis of the prosthodontist’s clinical indications and the patient’s requests and expectations.

11 modello master

12 ceratura diagnostica

13 wax up

14 profilo di emergenza

15 overbite

After a multidisciplinary approach aimed at optimizing the communication between the patient and the dental team, the wax-up was accepted. Consequently, the dental laboratory made an acrylic resin direct-indirect additive mock-up with an average thickness of 0.3 mm, converting the wax-up into resin.

17 mockup faccette

18 previsualizzazione estetica faccette

19 mock up veneer

21 spessore faccette

As regards the mock-up, the two resin elements were kept together in order to increase the retention.

20 mockup veneer

22 previsualizzazione veneer

23 faccette provvisorie

24 provvisori faccette

The mock-up was placed onto the patient’s unprepared teeth, so as to preview the final result, discuss it with the patient and make possible modifications.

Esthetic and phonetic tests were carried on, evaluating both the rest position and the smile line, thus permitting to modify the mock-up that resulted excessively extended at level of the incisal margins.

25 prova estetica

26 linea del sorriso

27 faccette mock up intraorale

28 faccette mockup intraorale

The mock-up was modified directly at the chair; the incisal areas to be shortened were marked with black ink and the changes made using a diamond bur mounted on a laboratory hand-piece.

29 prove estetiche faccette

30 modifica mock up faccette

31 rifinitura mockup faccette

The mock-up was tried in intra-orally again; any additive modification (e.g. undercuts to be passed) may be carried out using composite resins according with the conventional layering techniques. Once the desired pre-visualization was achieved, the shape of the mock-up was transferred and finished on the diagnostic die cast.

32 ricostruzione diretta faccette

33 faccette provvisori tecnica indiretta

34 faccette provvisori tecnica diretta

35 faccette provvisorie ricostruzione diretta

Although several techniques were reported in the literature to make provisional restorations for laminate veneers (e.g. direct, direct-indirect, indirect), it was decided to make indirect temporary acrylic resin laminates, in order to optimize the esthetic result.

38 faccette usura incisale37 faccette wax up additivo

42 veneers provvisorie

43 faccette overlap palatale

41 faccette template posizionamento

44 prova faccette45 prova veneers

Several silicone templates were made to check thickness during tooth preparation.

39 faccette mascherina silicone

40 faccette indice silicone incisale

46 modelli faccette




Before tooth preparation, periodontal probing was performed in order to identify the gingival biotype and choose the most appropriate retraction cords; the patient had a thick gingival biotype with an average probing depth of about 3 mm.

47 preparazione faccette48 sondaggio solco parodontale faccette

The thickness of the unprepared teeth was measured using a gauge, so as to know the amount of hard tissue removed at every stage of the preparation. However, it should be noted that this procedure is valid only with structurally intact teeth and it is rather laborious and imprecise, as it is not possible to keep unique anatomical landmarks during preparation.

50 spessore incisivi centrali mascellari

A windowed silicone template was used to assess both the incisal and buccal preparation.

51 tecnica preparazione veneers

52 preparazione margine incisale faccette ceramica

First, a single gingival retraction cord was used, in order to dislocate the marginal tissues apically and easily identify the cement-enamel junction (CEJ).

53 filo retrazione gengivale faccette ceramica

With the exception of particular clinical situations, the cervical finish line of porcelain veneers is placed 0.5 mm coronally to the CEJ, in order to optimize the adhesive cementation procedures on enamel. The maxillary lateral incisors were protected with metal matrixes.

54 matrici protezione preparazione denti

The preparation for porcelain veneers should have a buccal thickness of about 0.5-0.7 mm, so as to remain within the enamel (based on mean anthropometric measurements) and to optimize the thickness of the ceramic. Both teeth were prepared with an incisal butt-joint. The preparation of the buccal surface of the maxillary central incisors was performed using two different techniques: the “dimple technique” on 11 and the “depth slot technique” on 21.

55 geometria preparazione faccette ceramica

The “dimple technique” was performed making some dimples on the buccal surface with half of a spherical bur with a diameter of 1.2 mm, so as to obtain a series of wells 0.6 mm-deep in different areas of the tooth. Conversely, the “depth slot technique” was performed making two longitudinal guide grooves on the buccal surface, similarly to what is conventionally carried out for the preparation of an abutment; it is recommended to use half of a cylindrical bur with a diameter of 1.2 mm, so as to obtain grooves 0.6 mm-deep according to the above mentioned considerations. Guide pits and grooves can be highlighted with a pencil. In the opinion of the authors, the “dimple technique” is more laborious and less reliable, since freehand the maximum equator of the bur can be easily exceeded even under magnification, resulting in non homogeneous preparation guide dimples.

After preparing the buccal surface, the finish cervical area was prepared with a 0.3 mm-deep mini-chamfer. Then, the interproximal preparation was performed, placing the interdental margins palatally to the interdental contact areas, in order to avoid undesired pigmentations of the margins over time.

56 tecniche preparazione faccette anteriori

Since the previous composite restorations were infiltrated, they were completely removed. The silicone templates made on the working cast were sectioned in the bucco-palatal direction, so as to check the thickness of the preparation during all clinical stages.

57 mascherine preparazione faccette composito

58 spessore preparazione margine incisale faccette59 preparazione vestibolare faccette ceramica

The finishing procedures were carried out using diamond finishing burs mounted on a sonic hand-piece and by means of Arkansas stones mounted on a low-speed handpiece, under constant water irrigation. The preparation margins were further refined with interproximal metal abrasive strips.

60 preparazione linea finitura cervicale faccette61 rifinitura faccette62 preparazione interprossimale faccette

Once the preparations were completed, enamel was evident on the whole periphery of both teeth, providing a good substrate for the adhesive cementation. As previously described, the prepared teeth were measured using a thickness gauge, in order to perform a quantitative measurement of the mineralized tissues removed.

63 spessore faccette ceramica

A final check was made with the silicone templates, in order to verify the congruence of the geometry of the preparation with the shape and volume of the mock-up.

64 preprazione smalto faccette65 preparazione dentina faccette66 rifinitura preparazione smalto veneers67 rifinitura preparazioni veneers composito68 rifinitura preparazioni veneers ceramica69 rifinitura occlusale faccette




A moderate acute suffering of the interproximal papilla due to the single gingival retraction cord was noticed at the stereomicroscope. Before making the impression, it was substituted with two smaller cords, in order to avoid any possible damage to soft tissues. Moreover, two metal matrixes were positioned in the contact areas with the lateral incisors, so as to optimize the impression making.

70 preservazione papilla faccette71 protezione gengiva faccette

A one-step/two-phase impression with low and medium viscosity polyethers was made. The metal matrixes were kept in the impression material.

72 impronta faccette ceramica73 materiale impronta faccette

After impression making, the retraction cords were removed and the gingival sulci were inspected and cleansed. Subsequently, the color of the adjacent teeth was recorded; particular attention was paid to the over-saturation determined by teeth bleaching.

74 rilevazione colore faccette

The indirect temporary restorations were relined intra-orally using acrylic self-polymerizing resin. Any misfit due to micro-movements of the restorations were corrected with a further fluid relining, particularly at the level of the cervical finish line.

75 ribasatura faccette provvisorie76 ribasatura veneers provvisorie77 imprecisione faccette

The temporary veneers were finished and polished. Then, they were mechanically blocked on the prepared teeth by means of limited undercuts at level of the interproximal areas. No temporary luting agents were used, in order not to contaminate dental substrates to be used for the final adhesive cementation.

78 temporary veneers79 preparazione palatale faccette

The contact points in centric occlusion and during the non-axial movements were carefully checked and balanced.

80 articolazione centrica faccette81 articolazione protrusiva veneers82 preparazione butt joint faccette



The final restorations were made using feldspathic ceramic stratified on a refractory model.

The impression was poured with extra-hard class IV plaster and a first model (sectorial model) was fabricated.

83 preparazione window faccette

Then, the master models of the preparations were set in the alveolar model by means of a silicon check made on the not segmented cast.

84 tecnica window faccette

85 tecnica butt joint faccette

Subsequently, the refractory abutments were carefully placed in the assembled working model.

86 minichamfer faccette87 modello refrattario faccette

A first layer of stable ceramic was fired, achieving precise and intimate contact with the underlying surface.

88 stratificazione ceramica faccette

Subsequently, the morphological and chromatic structures of dentin, incisal plate and incisal effects were realized.

89 stratificazione ceramica massa smalto faccette90 stratificazione ceramica massa dentina faccette

After completing the firing of feldspathic ceramic, particular attention was dedicated to the realization of surface texture; then, the veneers were finished and polished.

91 stratificazione ceramica glasura faccette92 rifinitura superficie faccette ceramica93 tessitura superficie faccette cermica

Finally, the veneers were separated and accurately set on the sectorial model, in order to check the contact areas with adjacent teeth. Particular attention was paid to the inspection of the intaglio surfaces of the veneers, in order to verify the absence of voids and marginal integrity.

94 faccette foglio platino95 faccette ceramica feldspatica96 faccette disilicato litio97 veneers ceramica vetrosa

The thickness of the veneers (0.5-0.7 mm) was measured using a thickness gauge at level of cervical, middle and incisal third.

98 spessimetro faccette ceramica



In order to optimize the adhesive procedures, no more than 7-10 days should pass between tooth preparation and cementation, avoiding dental substrate contamination. In the present case, the adhesive cementation was performed 8 days after tooth preparation, after checking the gingival tissues health.

99 pigmentazione faccette resina composito100 estetica faccette composito resina

The temporary restorations were removed; the prepared surfaces were cleansed and polished with pumice paste and inspected under stereomicroscope.

101 precisione faccette gengiva102 precisione faccette tessuti parodontali

The correct color matching was checked at first trying the veneers intra-orally without any intermediate medium but by simple wetting.

103 try in faccette ceramica

Subsequently, two different colors of try-in pastes were tested (white on 11 and transparent on 21), so as to assess the light translucency, refraction and reflection effects; it was decided to use the transparent mass. These water-soluble pastes were removed by rinsing with water and drying with air.

104 pasta prova cemento composito faccette105 paste prova cemento resina faccette106 pasta prova idrosolubile cemento resinoso estetico veneers

The veneers, previously etched in the dental laboratory with 10% hydrofluoric acid, were cleanesd and conditioned with 37% orthophosphoric acid, rinsed and silanized.

107 silanizzazione con silano faccette ceramica

The adhesive cementation was performed using a dedicated light-curing resin cement.

108 cemento composito resinoso duale estetico per facette

The adhesive cementation was carried out according to the conventional adhesive procedures under rubber dam.

109 diga di gomma faccette110 digia di gomma veneers111 isolamento diga di gomma cementazione faccette112 cementazione adesiva faccette ceramica113 rimozione eccessi cemento adesivo faccette

The cement excesses were removed after gelling the resin cement; then, the polymerization was completed.

114 polimerizzazione gelificazione cemento faccette

115 rimozione cemento veneers116 eliminazione cemento in eccesso porcelain veneers117 isolamento cementazione adesiva veneers118 transilluminazione luce alogena faccette

119 margine cementazione cervicale faccette

Interproximal areas were finished and polished with fine-grained abrasive strips.

120 strip abrasive rifinitura interdentale faccette

After cementation, the gingival sulci were cleansed and inspected with a teflon curette, so as not to damage the restoration margins.

121 ispezione detersione controllo solco parodontale faccette

The correct placement of the veneers was checked by means of standardized periapical radiographs.

122 radiografia endorale facette



At the 7-day follow-up, the veneers were well integrated and the periodontal tissues in health. The occlusal contacts were checked and balanced.

123 cementazione estetica faccette ceramica

125 controllo estetico faccette post cementazione

126 tessitura vestibolare faccette

127 profilo emergenza faccette ceramica

128 adattamento marginale faccette ceramica

129 precisione adattamento margine veneers ceramica

130 papilla interincisiva interdentale faccette

124 controllo occlusione veneers

131 occlusione faccette chamfer palatal overlap

132 tecnica preparazione palatale incisale faccette



At 3- and 12-month recall appointments, the stereomicroscope showed good fit of the restorations and confirmed the high biomimetic potential of veneers.

133 maturazione tessuti gengiva faccette

134 follow up faccette ceramica

135 followup faccette ceramica

136 follow-up faccette ceramica

137 sopravvivenza breve medio lungo termine faccette ceramica

138 successo breve medio lungo termine faccette ceramica

139 sopravvivenza breve medio lungo termine veneers ceramica composito resina

140 successo breve medio lungo termine veneers ceramica composito resina


Pre-operative and post-operative pictures.



2 affollamento inferiore




4 incisivi centrali


137 sopravvivenza breve medio lungo termine faccette ceramica





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Porcelain veneers in the Esthetic zone ultima modifica: 2013-02-21T20:01:00+00:00 da Roberto Sorrentino

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