Protocol of finishing, texturing and polishing for direct composite resin restorations
Keywords:Finishing, Polishing, Composite resin, Esthetic
This clinical case report describes a conservative approach to optimize the composite resin direct veneer. In order to improve the anatomy and surface texture of previous restorations, the treatment was based on a predictable and reproducible finishing and polishing protocol which ensured a harmonic smile without exposing the patient to a repetitive restorative cycle. Firstly, the strategy consisted of removing excess resin, thus defining the primary anatomy of the teeth, following the definition of the vertical and horizontal grooves to mimic the natural surface characteristics, providing an aesthetic surface, favorable to light reflection. In addition, polishing was conducted in order to obtain smooth and shiny restorations, which provide greater longevity to the aesthetic restorative treatments.
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