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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-9

Direct retainers: Esthetic solutions in the smile zone

Goa Dental College and Hospital, Goa, India

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M A Aras
Goa Dental College and Hospital, Goa
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.16333

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Direct retainers are the essential components of cast removable partial dentures. However, their presence and acute visibility, when the patient smiles, can be a sore to the eye. The unaesthetic appearance of the direct retainer is a vexing problem that dentists in general and the patient in particular have to contend with. Presented herein is a literature review of the various means to either eliminate or minimize their display when the patient bears a smile.

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