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3D printed veneers for tooth restoration

3D printed veneers for tooth restoration

Veneers are a popular and effective option for restorative dentistry, providing patients with a natural-looking solution for issues such as chipped, cracked or discoloured teeth. However, traditional methods of manufacturing veneers can be time-consuming and labour-intensive, requiring multiple visits to the dentist and lengthy processing times.

Fortunately, advances in 3D printing technology have revolutionised the process of creating custom veneers, making it less invasive, faster, more precise and more personalised than ever before. Using digital scanning and computer-aided design (CAD), dentists can create veneers that perfectly match the patient’s existing teeth in shape, size and colour, resulting in natural-looking and long-lasting restoration.

Benefits of 3D printing for veneers

3D printing technology offers numerous advantages over traditional methods of manufacturing veneers. Patients and dentists can expect veneers produced by 3D printing to offer less invasiveness, greater accuracy, faster production and finer customisation.

Increased precision and accuracy in design and fabrication

3D printing allows for incredibly precise measurements and detailed designs, ensuring that each veneer fits perfectly and looks natural in the patient’s mouth. This level of accuracy is difficult to achieve with traditional manufacturing methods, which rely on manual shaping and customisation.

High level of customisation for each patient

3D printing technology allows dentists to create unique veneers that are tailored to the patient’s specific needs and preferences. Whether the patient wants a brighter, whiter smile or a more natural-looking restoration, 3D printing can achieve the desired outcome with ease.

Faster turnaround times

With 3D printing, dentists can create custom veneers in a matter of hours or days, depending on the complexity of the design. This is a significant improvement over traditional methods, which can take several weeks to produce a single set of veneers.

3D printing process for custom veneers

Creating custom 3D printed veneers typically involves the following steps:

1. Digital scanning

The first step in the process is to create a digital model of the patient’s teeth using an intraoral scanner. This scanner captures a 3D image of the teeth, which is then used to create a virtual model of the patient’s mouth.

2. Computer-aided design (CAD)

Using the digital model of the patient’s mouth, the dentist or technician uses CAD software to design the veneers. The software allows for precise measurements and customisation, ensuring that the veneers are tailored to the patient’s unique needs and preferences.

3. 3D printing of the veneers

Once the veneers have been designed, they are sent to a specialised dental 3D printer for fabrication. The 3D printer uses premium resin material to create the veneers layer by layer, based on the CAD design.

4. Glazing and characterisation

3D-printed veneers are customised to match the patient’s desired aesthetic by using materials available in various shades. The veneers are not only durable but also have a smooth surface finish that mimics the appearance of natural enamel. This results in optimal translucency and a natural-looking appearance.

3d printed veneers

5. Curing of coated veneers

After the veneers have been glazed and characterized, they undergo a curing treatment where they are subjected to concentrated UV light. This process enhances their strength, durability and longevity.

6. Fitting and placement

The veneers will be tried on to ensure they fit perfectly and comfortably in the patient’s mouth, with any necessary adjustments made for an optimal fit.

Book your 3D-printer veneer appointment now!

Leeming Dental offers customised veneers to transform your smile. Our conservative and modern approach helps us deliver perfectly natural, accurate and durable results. With advanced digital design, 3D printers, and premium ceramic-filled resin material, our skilled team ensures an exceptional tooth restoration solution tailored just for you.