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Polychromatic Layering with the Entire GC InitialTM LiSi Press System
D Article by Mr. Dane Barlow
ental technicians often encounter patients who desire excessively white restorations. The restorations cross the line and look unnatural. We often jokingly refer to this look as “toilet bowl white”; in other words, the teeth look overly
bleached. While we desire 100% satisfaction from our patients, we also seek to create a more natural appearance, based on subtle poly- chromatics. In this article, I will examine a case in which the patient desired a more natural appearance. We were able to meet the patient’s requirementsviatheuseofpolychromaticlayering. Inwritingthisarticle, I hope to both illustrate to you my working procedures and to help you in educating your patients about why and how we aim to avoid giving their restorations the “denture look”.
In the case illustrated here, notice the calico color pattern on the left side of the patient’s teeth (Fig. 1a & 1b). The patient desired symmetry in color throughout, which we achieved via material selection with fluorescence available ingots in high value shades from GC InitialTM LiSi Press system.
In my initial meeting with the patient, I explored using shade colors #020 and #030 for the restoration. The patient's existing teeth had previously been brightened,
but she desired a more natural
look. Using shade color 010 was too bright for the patient and would not allow me to bring out the natural aspects of the teeth’s other colors. The patient suggested 010 as being too fake. I instructed the patient as to how much acceptable variance we have in the 020-030 range. This allowed me to make the teeth with high value, influence chroma and color, in order to obtain an overall shade of 020. At the same time, I was able to project the illusion of internal natural colors to anyone seeing her smile. She
(Fig. 1a)
(Fig. 1b)

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