Don’t let your dental patient frown if he’s unhappy with his teeth. Tell him that there are various methods to improve his smile like fillings, bleaching, and dental veneers. Dental veneers resemble real teeth. Porcelain veneers, laminate veneers or dental veneers are thin porcelain pieces that will be fitted and cemented on the real teeth. The procedure in making veneers is much easier than dentures or implanted tooth replacements. There are two major dental veneers methods today, the pressed-ceramic and feldspathic technique. Below are guides on how to make veneers for teeth.
- What you need to make dental veneers. You need a mold of teeth, dental file, local anesthetic, dental putty, composite porcelain, wax, hydraulic pump, and dental cement to make a dental veneer.
- Make a mold to repair teeth. Veneers will add thickness to your patient’s teeth. Apply anesthesia to his tooth and gum so you can easily remove an eggshell-thin tooth layer from him. Make a mold with dental putty from his filed teeth. Have a laboratory check it. Include detailed notes about his bite, mouth, and his preferred repair, shape, and color.
- About feldspathic dental veneers. Choose this process if he desire small increases on the length of his tooth and if he wants to darken his tooth a bit. This method is also preferred if he wants some parts of his original tooth left. This veneer type is handmade. A lab technician will paint composite porcelain on the mold of his teeth and it will be done layer by layer. The mold will be fired after every layer. The process will be repeated until the preferred color and shape are achieved.
- About pressed-ceramic dental veneers. Prefer pressed-ceramic veneers if he wants a huge increase to the length of his tooth, if he wants a more natural-looking teeth, or if he desires to fill the gaps between his teeth. This veneer type is also handmade. However, the technician will layer waxes in the mold of his teeth to achieve his desired shape. Then, he will make a cast out of that wax; the wax will be melted from the cast. The mold will be injected by porcelain composite via high-pressure hydraulic pump. The color of his dental veneer can be adjusted through painting various porcelain shades.
- Cement the finished veneers onto your patient’s teeth. Make important minor adjustments in the veneer through filling it.
Dental anesthetic is needed when preparing for veneers. Your patient’s
tooth and his surrounding gums need to be numbed up before trimming his
tooth for a veneer. Your patient will become comfortable in the entire
process if it’s without anesthesia.
The cost in the two types of veneer is almost similar. However,
pressed-ceramic veneers use a newer technology and is now common in the
market. Note that cosmetic dentists have different views about which
veneer type is better. Make further studies and compare them; you need
to have a stable point of view to help your patients better. Enrol in
workshops and seminars to increase your knowledge and skills.