Mock Up For Aesthetic Dental Treatment: Protocol And Materials
More and more people visit an orthodontist to improve the aesthetic appearance of their smile. This is where you can see how good an orthodontist is: knowing how to interpret the patient’s wishes, understanding which treatments are feasible and which aren’t and, where possible, turn them into reality. Generally, patients who contact a dental surgery for aesthetic requirements are especially motivated, but also particularly demanding.
For this reason, before, during and after treatment, it is important for the orthodontist to give the patient information that is always precise and correct about the care, to ensure they are comfortable from start to finish. What is commonly referred to as a mock up is an especially useful procedure to achieve this: it allows the patient to assess immediately what the result of therapy will be in order to improve the appearance of their smile. All this, before undertaking treatment at all: the possibility of checking the results in advance constitutes a major advantage for both the patient and the professional.
The temporary prosthesis, when made professionally, constitutes a model on which the perfect permanent veneer can be built. It has to guarantee integrity at contour level, and also drastically reduce the possibility of having to make changes before the temporary cementing. To create it, a dedicated dental acrylic resin is normally used or, alternatively, polyethylene or bis-acryl and urethane methyl acrylate composite resin. Resins capable of self- and light-curing are also used for aesthetic rehabilitations, as they are particularly effective and useful to create a temporary prosthesis directly from the chair.
An aesthetic treatment mock-up can not only be made by the laboratory, but also directly on the chair using the impression of the diagnostic wax-up, which it aims to replicate at the end of the treatment. This way, the patient can assess what the end result will be in advance and request any modifications.
The direct mock up protocol involves taking the silicone impression of the diagnostic wax-up, into which the resin (self-curing, light-curing or both) is introduced. After fitting in the mouth, any excess is removed, then once the material has hardened, finishing is completed. If both the patient and the professional are satisfied of the result, the next step envisaged is proceeding with the prospected treatment.