Many dentists who perform direct anterior restorations may miss some important planning considerations or smile design parameters that could affect the final results. Some practitioners may judge the case as an easy one and start without planning at all. However, this approach of having a fast or shortcut or non-systematic approach in analysis and planning will come at a price and might result in negative consequences that could affect people's appearance, health, function, confidence, and happiness.
In general, anterior teeth restorations should involve aesthetic analysis of the size, shape, shade, symmetry, synergy, alignment, and proportions of teeth and gingiva, in addition to the structural integrity, health, biofunction, and psychological status of the patients themselves.
1. Elaborating that aesthetic restorations might involve multiple specialty aspects, such as:
- Aesthetics: size, shape, shade, symmetry, synergy, alignment, and proportions.
- Functions: phonation, mastication, and swallowing.
- Biophysiological status: overall health, health of teeth, and health of surrounding tissues.
- Psychological aspects: confidence, self-esteem, and emotional perspective.
- Sociological considerations: the effect of beauty and confidence on interpersonal relations in
work, home, and other social interactions, from acceptance to attractiveness.
2. Learning a systematic approach that is easy to follow in aesthetic cases to avoid errors,
decrease risks, and improve results.
3. Understanding factors that can affect the success of such treatment, such as doctor skills,
patient conditions, doctor-patient communication, the nature of the problem, technology, and
4. Demonstrating recent trends in aesthetic planning using the latest technology and dental