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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 470637, 5 pages
Case Report

The Anterior Ratio: The Missing Link between Orthodontics and Aesthetic Dentistry

1Aesthetic Dentistry, Kings College, King’s College London Dental Institute, Guy’s Campus, Floor 18, Tower Wing, St. Thomas’ Street, London SE1 9RT, UK
2The Ashcroft Clinic, 2 Ashcroft Drive, Denham, Middlesex UB95JF, UK

Received 17 April 2013; Accepted 18 July 2013

Academic Editors: G. Gómez-Moreno, A. Markopoulos, and M. A. Polack

Copyright © 2013 Raman Aulakh. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


There is an increase in the number of dentists using orthodontic treatment for anterior tooth alignment. This is either combined with additive bonding or interproximal reduction; knowing “when to” and “how much” requires an understanding of the anterior ratio. This case report explains how to use the anterior ratio to help provide optimal aesthetics and function for the ortho-restorative patient. The anterior ratio is an important diagnostic tool required for both disciplines of orthodontics and restorative dentistry which is often overlooked. The case report demonstrates the use of the Invisalign orthodontic appliance and the corresponding ClinCheck software to help achieve the proposed treatment goals.