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Finishing Photos: Start the Conversation
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Finishing Photos: Start the Conversation

Close to home in the orthodontic practice, photos also give you an opportunity to 'show off' the amazing changes you and the patient have accomplished,...

| 4 years ago
10 Factors That Will Influence Anterior Preparation Design, Part II
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10 Factors That Will Influence Anterior Preparation Design, Part II

In Part 1 of this article, the five factors that have the greatest influence on anterior preparation design were discussed. It is now time to review...

| 4 years ago
Gummy Smiles: The Importance of a Correct Diagnosis
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Gummy Smiles: The Importance of a Correct Diagnosis

Figure 1 This young girl (Figure 1) was about to start college and expressed concerned about her smile. She did not like her teeth and...

| 4 years ago
Anterior e.max Restorations: Design Considerations
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Anterior e.max Restorations: Design Considerations

Do you ever specify to the technician how you want an anterior e.max restoration designed? From an esthetic standpoint, I generally want my anterior ceramic...

| 4 years ago
Where Did My Teeth Go? Changes in Tooth Display as we Age
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Where Did My Teeth Go? Changes in Tooth Display as we Age

Aging causes more than just wrinkles and aches and pains – it also affects our smiles. I like to show patients the two slides below, to demonstrate...

| 4 years ago
Maintaining Edentulous Spaces … Are There Consequences?
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Maintaining Edentulous Spaces … Are There Consequences?

Patients that value dental health are motivated by the consequences of not taking an appropriate action. Taking a tooth or perhaps several teeth out...

| 4 years ago
Missing Laterals and Esthetic Space Maintenance
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Missing Laterals and Esthetic Space Maintenance

Missing upper laterals can present with several challenges to the treating interdisciplinary team. At study club this topic brings up discussions that...

| 4 years ago
What do Teeth Proportion and Hollywood Actors Have in Common?
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What do Teeth Proportion and Hollywood Actors Have in Common?

You may think that an odd question. But when I sit down and talk to my patients about teeth proportion, I mention that teeth remind me of men and in...

| 4 years ago
Triple Tray Trouble
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Triple Tray Trouble

This article describes the benefit of using a triple tray for impressions, but also discusses the one instance when a triple tray can present a problem.

| 4 years ago
Quality of Life … and Complete Dentures … Really?
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Quality of Life … and Complete Dentures … Really?

Is anyone thinking of complete dentures when evaluating quality of life? For those in the 50-64 age group, about 15 percent are missing all of...

| 4 years ago
Removing Ceramic Veneers With a Laser: Part 2
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Removing Ceramic Veneers With a Laser: Part 2

  Fig. 1 Click here to read Part One of this series. If you haven't noticed, we are now in an age of dentistry that praises 'conservation...

| 4 years ago
TADs to the Rescue!
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TADs to the Rescue!

This is a patient who after several years of procrastinating has decided to move forward with treatment. The deciding factor for her was recurrent decay...

| 4 years ago