Anterior work can be daunting. Whether its a single class 4 or an 6 composite veneers our work is on show. People see it, patients critique it and it will grow or shrink our books. When we first start out it's important to remember the basics and getting the small things right will make a huge difference to your aesthetic outcomes.
I've come a long way since my first anterior composites and there's still a long road ahead. What i found to be most important was to focus on the incisal corners and line angles. I do the majority of contouring for this with discs and the better i learnt to use them, the better the outcomes (I plan on writing a 'how to' for discs soon).
Tips for Contouring Anteriors
- Use the orange disc (second in series) to gently shape line angles and corners - red will flatten these.
- Sit the patient up and look from the front - it's easy to get disorientated when sitting at 12 or 10 O'Clock
- Read this! Restoration of Worn Teeth with Composite Resin Additions - Dr Tony Rotondo
Check out the the Aesthetic Checklist which will help you in creating a natural outcome