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Achieve a Natural Color on Stained Dentition with Pink Opaque

Tetracycline-stained dentition and the single nonfatal tooth have always been notoriously challenging to treat. However, with Cosmedent's specially formulated Pink Opaque, you have a trusty way to more effectively treat darkly stained dentition that results in a warmer, more natural color. Using other opaques (eg., White, A1, or A2) often exhibits a decrease in value after subsequently placing composite on the dentition, even if the color might have been technically correct.


To achieve esthetic results with Pink Opaque on even the darkest stained teeth, follow these steps:


  • 1. Prepare, etch rinse, and apply the bonding adhesive. It is recommended that you apply a think layer of Creative Color Clear Liquid Resin to the entire veneer surface, then gently air-thin and polymerize. A smooth surface makes it easier to work with the Pink Opaquer.

  • 2. Use a fine synthetic brush to apply a thin layer of Pink Opaque and then polymerize. If any dark areas still appear, continue to add an additional thin layer of pink opaque to the areas of darkest dentition. This allows some tooth colour to come through the Pink Opaque to maintain tooth vitality.

  • 3. Once the precise amount of opaque has been applied to the tooth, proceed with the rest of the restoration by placing appropriate composite material (s) as needed for the case. Composite shade should be selected based on the natural shade of the teeth.

  • 4. Finish and polish.

A thin layer of Creative Color Clear Liquid Resin has been applied to the prepped tooth.

STEP 1

A thin layer of Creative Color Clear Liquid Resin has been applied to the prepped tooth.

Conservative layers of pink opaque are added until stain is fully blocked out.

STEP 2

Conservative layers of pink opaque are added until stain is fully blocked out.

Renamel Microhybrid composite has been placed over polymerized pink opaque for opacity.

STEP 3

Renamel Microhybrid composite has been placed over polymerized pink opaque for opacity.

Renamel Microfill composite is then placed to recreate enamel surface followed by final polish.

STEP 4

Renamel Microfill composite is then placed to recreate enamel surface followed by final polish.

About the Author

Dr Mopper

Contributed by Dr Mopper, DDS, MS

Dr. Bud Mopper has built an international reputation for his pioneer leadership in direct resin bonding. He practiced minimally invasive dentistry with composite for over 45 years. He is a renowned lecturer in esthetic dentistry. He co-authored, A Complete Guide to Dental Bonding, which was the first definitive book for the dental profession describing bonding techniques – and he has continued to publish numerous articles on The Art and Science of Direct Resin Bonding. He is a Life Fellow of the Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, Founding Member and Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Life Fellow and Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and Fellow of the American College of Dentistry. He teaches direct resin bonding on a Continuing Education level at many universities including the Iowa State University and the University of Illinois Chicago, plus he teaches courses at the Center for Esthetic Excellence.

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This article was originally published in the Clinical Life™ magazine: Winter 2020 edition

Clinical Life™ magazine is a premier periodical publication by Clinical Research Dental Supplies & Services Inc. Discover compelling clinical cases from Canadian and US dental professionals, cutting-edge techniques, product insights, and continuing education events.

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