American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
28-3 The Myth of Anterior Guidance
by Elizabeth M. Bakeman, DDS, FAACD and John Kois, DMD, MSD

When restoring anterior teeth, the establishment of the incisal edge position and the development of the facial contours are dependent upoin dentofacial (esthetic) parameters.  Establishment of the teeth's lingual contours is dependent upon functional considerations such as the dynamic relationship of the maxillary and mandibular anterior teeth when chewing, speaking, swallowing, and breathing.


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