Quo vadis, esthetic dentistry? Part II: Composite resin overtreatment and social media appeal

Ronaldo Hirata, Leandro Augusto Hilgert, Camila S. Sampaio*, Oswaldo Scopin de Andrade, Ginger Melo, André V. Ritter

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objectives: This article presents case reports highlighting over-treatments with resin composites, often misconceived as minimally invasive procedures. Clinical Considerations: Tooth-colored restorative materials, such as ceramics and composites, have found widespread application to correct problems related to tooth color, shape, and alignment. When composite resin is used, these procedures can be done in a very conservative, cost-effective, and timely fashion. However, it is noteworthy that contemporary dental esthetic expectations are based on standards propagated by social media and other marketing and communications platforms. The abuse of and addiction to social media impacts can lead to unrealistic esthetic expectations and standards for both patients and dentists. Conclusions: After a critical discussion on ceramic veneers published in part I of this 2-part series, this article directs attention towards what has become a trendy fashion, i.e., the use of direct composite resins as “non-prep” veneers in clinical situations that arguably required no restorative intervention at all. We further explore how social media influences the decision-making processes of both professionals and patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-36
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2024
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • composite resins
  • dental esthetics
  • esthetic dentistry
  • esthetics
  • minimally invasive dentistry
  • overtreatment
  • veneers

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