The Direct Resin Mock Up
I believe that the vast majority of restorative dentists do not value the Direct Resin Mock UP fabricated on the first appointment. A 34 year old female presented for a cosmetic consultation; she has a history of orthodontics as a teenager and the cuspids were placed in the position of the laterals and recontoured. The centrals were too narrow and the gingival area under contoured. In addition, there were large, unattractive diastamas between the first bicuspids and the cuspids. My question was, "Is this a restorative case or must the patient have a second round of orthodontics to move the cuspids back into their correct positions and then implants placed in the congenitally missing laterals. The beauty of moving the cuspids is that the bone will stay in the position of the laterals. The decision would be made if and this was a big 'if', a mock up could be done that looked esthetic. My Direct Resin Mock UP was accomplished in 10 minutes and the patient was thrilled that ortho could be avoided. Crown root lengthening would be required which we also learned from the mockup. My mock ups are not works of art but are designed to tell the dentist which modality or modalities of treatment are required to complete the case and to show the patient how good they will look if treatment moves forward.