Ultradent’s unique, minimally invasive Uveneer direct composite template system available from Optident creates beautiful direct composite veneers with predictable shape and symmetry. It is designed to create high-quality, natural-looking anterior restorations that mimic natural dentition in one visit.
Australian-based dentist, Dr Sigal Jacobson, created the Uveneer direct composite template kit when she found that traditional freehand direct composite veneers were artistically challenging, time-consuming, and not always cost-effective. While composite materials continued to develop and improve, the method of direct composite veneer application remained unchanged. She was frustrated that she couldn’t achieve predictable results each time and that the process was so time consuming. Passionate about conservative cosmetic dentistry, Dr Jacobson knew there was a better, less invasive way to create long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing composite veneers. She decided to do something about it and after years of development, the system was launched.
Here’s what the clinicians had to say about Uveneer:
‘Terrific tool to quickly and easily create beautiful anterior restorations.’ – Dr Gary M Radz, DDS
‘The simplicity of Uveneer is absolutely remarkable. Why didn’t I think of this?’ – Dr John C Comisi, DDS, MAGD
‘In a single day I was able to do 11 mock-up veneers that were not part of the original schedule, resulting in several new cases being accepted. I wouldn’t want to work without them now.’ – Dr Chad Wagener, DDS
Uveneer templates can be used for any application where the facial side of the tooth needs to be rebuilt including: direct composite veneers, mock-ups, temporaries while porcelain veneers are being made in the lab, class V, IV restorations, peg laterals and as a stent for gum contouring.
An affordable option
Uveneer removes the shortcomings of prefabricated systems like thickness, sizing and shade restrictions, cost, and always having to order and wait for stock to arrive. Many dentists who use this system, report that they are performing many more composite veneer procedures than before. They find the process so quick and easy with minimal tooth preparation; use your own composite, layering or cut-back techniques without spending the usual time carving or polishing. It becomes more affordable for patients, which leads to higher case acceptance; good news all round.
Each reusable, autoclavable template is designed to mimic ideal tooth anatomy according to the rules of smile design and the ‘golden proportion’ by incorporating ideal height to width ratio, contour, embrasure, and centre midline. Due to the precise anatomical facial tooth contour of the templates, the final result will yield different thicknesses of composite. Because this varied thickness creates different effects and values, only one shade of composite is needed to achieve a natural gradient effect. However, multiple shades of composite can still be used depending on which technique is preferred.
Easy to use
The translucent templates are pressed over composite that has been laid on the tooth after etching and bonding. They allow for curing whilst preventing the oxygen inhibition layer, resulting in a hard, glossy surface that the template can be easy released from. It can be used with any composite, any layering technique and can be used on individual or multiple teeth. It requires minimal adjusting or polishing – saving time and potentially enhancing practice efficiency. Templates are autoclavable and reusable, making it cost effective for both patients and dentists. After preparing just a couple of composite veneers, the kit will have paid for itself.
They can also be used with children; pediatric dentists often have to deal with fractured teeth and children don’t have the patience to sit in the dental chair for long procedures. The Uveneer template system is very popular with pediatric dentists as they help to create faster aesthetic restorations.
Develop your technique
Uveneer templates are easy to use but, as with any technique, can take a little practise to become proficient. During any procedure, if you aren’t completely satisfied with your initial result, you can simply cut back a small layer of composite with a bur and press the Uveneer template with more composite onto the tooth again. You will quickly learn after one or two trials, how much pressure to use and how much composite to apply to the template. A suggested method for beginners is to do a mock-up on the patient – creating a composite veneer without etching or bonding. Then you can evaluate colour and shape without committing to the result.
When starting out, try single-tooth rather than multiple-tooth cases. Once experience and confidence is gained you can then skilfully manage bigger cases.