Temporary veneers are used to cover up small chips and other damage to teeth until the underlying problem can be fixed more permanently. Fabricating temporary veneers can be a tricky job, especially if you have little or no experience in working with dental restorations like porcelain crowns or inlays and onlays. This article will teach you everything you need to know about fabricating temporary veneers so that you can provide your patients with the highest quality of care possible, despite your limited experience level.
Gather your supplies
Temporary veneers may not be considered a high-end solution, but they are an inexpensive way to cosmetically improve your smile while you save up for more permanent cosmetic treatments. You can purchase temporary veneers at a local beauty supply store or online.
Prepare the teeth
You should always remove any old veneer you have on your teeth prior to placing new temporary veneers. It is important that you thoroughly clean your teeth and gums before preparing for placement of a temporary veneer. A water pic is commonly used for cleaning, but do not use anything that will damage or dull any part of your natural tooth structure or enamel. After brushing and flossing, it is recommended that you use a fluoride gel or fluoride rinse if available. If neither of these are available, simply swish with water until all parts of all teeth are fully covered with a thin layer of water.
Place temporary veneers on teeth
Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are custom-made for your teeth. When applied, they change how your teeth look and help fix problems such as misaligned or chipped teeth. Although you’ll have to have them permanently cemented on at some point in time, a temporary veneer can be used during treatment and is meant to fit comfortably over your tooth. Your dentist will trim it so that it fits directly over one tooth, much like a contact lens cover fits over a single eye.
Make sure your teeth are clean and dry. Use dental floss, a cotton swab, or a small-gauge dental pick to remove any build-up around tooth margins or under veneer clips. This build-up may be noticeable as discoloration and must be removed in order for veneers to look natural. If you’re getting new cost of veneers, now is also a good time to get them adjusted so they fit more comfortably and securely on your teeth.
Clean teeth up using hand tools
To start, you should get a biocompatible material and enough silicone-based dental putty. This is available at most cosmetic supply stores. It may be a little difficult to find but. It is worth it because if you do not use a biocompatible material. Your body will reject these veneers and they will fall out. To make these veneers, begin by mixing equal parts. Of dental putty and water until it reaches a pasty consistency. With no lumps or bubbles in it. Next take a glass slide that is roughly 4 inches long and 1 inch. Wide and then mix more of your dental putty/water mixture onto. Another glass slide that is about 3/4 inches smaller than the first one.
Pictures of the fabricated temporary veneer process
Most of my clients have some type of tooth discoloration or decay. I will make an impression of their teeth. And then create a temporary veneer for them that fits over their natural teeth. I use a combination of acrylic and enamel powders along with liquid composite resin to fabricate my temporary veneers. My process is time consuming but yields incredible results. The first step involves making an impression of each arch and creating a bite wing. Which is an adjustable metal armature that slips. Into place behind your natural teeth while you are biting down on it.