You may not think that technological innovation and dentistry go hand in hand, but take a minute to consider the high-precision, high-cost work being done inside your mouth — seems like the perfect place to implement cutting edge technology! So how can you benefit from revolutionary technology like 3D printing at the dentist's office? If you've been interested in getting dental veneers, 3D printed veneers might be an option for you.
Veneers are thin coverings placed over the top of a tooth to improve cosmetic appearance, correcting the look of stained, chipped, misshapen or gapped teeth. Traditionally, they've been made from composite-resin or porcelain, but now new resins and other materials (like a ceramic-filled hybrid material specifically for dental usage) are being developed for 3D printers to create long-lasting veneers, as well as replacement teeth, crowns, inlays and more.
Dental 3D printing is still fairly new but the potential benefits for patients wanting veneers are exciting to consider: