At your first appointment, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth so he or she can create a Wax-Up. The Wax-Up is a three dimensional rendering of the desired final outcome involved, so that both patient and doctor have a very clear shared vision of the goal. Here’s how it works: from the impression, a solid model of your teeth is made, and wax is added and sculpted to the model to match the patient’s requested final appearance. The Wax-Up is used both as a guide to look at and discuss, and also in the next step.
During your second appointment, the natural teeth that will be receiving veneers are shaved if needed to compensate for the added thickness of the veneers, so afterwards your teeth are the desired size. A final impression is taken of the modified teeth for the laboratory artists to make the veneers. As it usually takes 2 weeks for the lab to complete their work, the patient must be fitted with temporary veneers if any tooth modification has occurred. Enter, the Wax-Up. A mold of the agreed-upon Wax-Up is taken, and that mold is used to create the temporary veneers. Therefore the patient leaves the office with teeth that look ideal. Typically a follow-up appointment is desirable to discuss the appearance of the temporary veneers, which are essentially used as a try-in, because the patient can now provide accurate feedback regarding how they like the look of the temporaries on their teeth. Any changes including shape, shade, appearance, etc. are communicated to the lab, so that the permanent veneers reflect these changes. This technique delivers a perfect and predictable result, along with a very happy patient.
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450 Sutter St #2500, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
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Tuesday: 8:00 - 5:30
Wednesday: 8:00 - 5:00
Thursday: 8:00 - 5:00
Friday: 8:00 - 5:30
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