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Orthodontics vs Restorative Materials Orthodontics vs Restorative Materials

Author(s):

Maurice Salama, DMD

Date Added:

1/2/2001


Summary:

Today's "cosmetically aware" adult patients are seeking out advice and opinions about oral/facial esthetics from dental professionals. Recently, many articles have been published about the "quick fixes" available in esthetic therapy. With the advent of next-generation restorative materials and the ability to predictably bond to remaining tooth structures, some authors advocate composite bonding or veneering of misaligned teeth, rather than orthodontic therapy. Composite bonding or veneering are certainly viable solutions in some cases and give patients the option of a shorter treatment time; in other cases, they are poor choices when a patient desires a more conservative option with a good long-term prognosis, less maintenance, and improved facial form.

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