So what is Uveneer anyways and how do I use it?
Well, that’s a great question! The first answer is pretty simple – Uveneer is a product that was created by dentists, for dentists. But, let’s look a little deeper into that theory and figure just how Uveneer works.
Who is the dentist who created this product? Uveneer was created by Dr. Sigal Jacobson, who received her Dental degree back in 1995. She wanted to create a product for dentists that would make creating composite veneers easier with more predictable results. After many long persistent hours of work and with the help of some engineers, Dr. Sigal invented a new application method for dentists to create perfect composite veneers.
Now for the fun part!
You’ve decided to take the leap and give Uveneer a try – but how do you use this thing? The good news is, it is very easy to use! Give it one or two trial runs and you will figure out just how much pressure to apply to the template for the perfect composite. It is highly recommended that you start practicing on a single tooth instead of jumping right into a mouthful of teeth at a time.
Here are your step-by-step instructions on how to use Uveneer the right way:
- Remove all caries and conservatively prepare the tooth, if needed.
- Choose the composite that best corresponds with both the color of the tooth you are working on and surrounding teeth. In testing the right shade, it is recommended that the composite is applied to the tooth without etching and bonding first.
- Once you have determined the composite you wish to use, select the Uveneer™ template that corresponds with the tooth number you are restoring (the tooth number is embedded into the handle of the template). Measure the template on the tooth. Ideally the template should cover the tooth from the gingiva to the contact points and cover most of the tooth surface.
- Place two, pre-cut matrices as separators on each side of the tooth and pull them lingually so that they do not protrude into the labial side of the tooth.
- Etch the surface you wish to veneer. Wash, bond and light cure as you would normally do for any composite work.
- Apply the composite free-hand onto the tooth surface.
- Lightly press the chosen template onto the composite and align the template midline parallel to the midline of adjacent teeth. Do not light cure yet.
- Clean any excess composite from the edges. If there is a small amount of composite material left, leave it, as it can be to be removed later (after light curing), with a bur.
- Light cure throughout the template.
- Gently remove the template, using the handle.
- Trim any excess from the edges with a fine polishing bur. Do not touch the polished surface.
Once you’ve completed the above steps, here are the steps to sterilization/autoclave.
- Each tooth template should be autoclaved after each patient.
- The tooth template must be thoroughly washed, cleaned and dried or wiped with alcohol wipes and dried immediately after use and before autoclaving. Do not leave any composite residuals on the template.
- Autoclave the tooth template at 134 C (273.2 F).
- Do not autoclave the insert kit base boxes. The tooth template must be thoroughly washed, cleaned and dried before autoclaving. Do not leave any composite residuals on the template. The template can be wiped with alcohol wipes.
And there you have it – you’re becoming an expert already and your clients will love the results of a bright, new smile!
is the invention of cosmetic dentist, Dr. Sigal Jacobson. Though only being launched since February of 2014, Dr. Jacobson ‘s patented design is already being touted as “groundbreaking” and “essential” by dentists worldwide. A native of Australia, Dr. Jacobson also runs her own practice Jacobson Dental Group of Melbourne. To learn more about what Uveneer can do for you and your patients, visit our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages!