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Having a thorough understanding of classical esthetic principles, including basic tooth shape and form rules, is crucial for clinicians to achieve successful esthetic outcomes, even when implementing digital technologies in their dental offices. The use of advanced, cutting-edge digital tools does not negate the need to adhere to the timeless fundamentals of esthetic dentistry. This article reviews key esthetic principles and describes their application in treating a challenging cosmetic case. Showcasing the use of smile design software, the case illustrates the diagnosis, planning, and clinical execution used to mask a congenitally missing lateral incisor while preserving the natural dentition on the contralateral side. The principles of symmetry and harmony are employed to create a smile in which the restorative dentistry would be imperceptible and the remaining dentition protected from structural compromise.
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