Launch of UltraThineer, world’s thinnest dental veneers

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Launch of UltraThineer, world’s thinnest cosmetic dental veneer

The 3D-printed UltraThineer veneers (left) are durable and three times thinner than conventional veneers (right) and require less preparation by dentists. (Image: Business Wire)

Mon. 11 September 2023


BOSTON, US: Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), a leader in advanced 3D-manufacturing solutions, has recently announced that it is entering the dental market with the launch of UltraThineer—the thinnest cosmetic dental veneers to date. Developed in collaboration with Peking University in Beijing in China, the 3D-printed veneers are three times thinner than traditional veneers, require less preparation by dental professionals and help to preserve tooth enamel.

“The ability to print ceramics at minimal thickness will be revolutionary,” said dental ceramist Jessica Love, from Capture Dental Arts dental laboratory, in a press release. “Our current processes for producing minimal prep veneers can be labour-intensive when compared to milled, full-coverage crowns in zirconia. Conservative reduction of the patient’s enamel should be practised whenever possible. I’m looking forward to the start of this new technology, allowing intricate, ultrathin veneers to be printed,” she continued.

Veneers are typically manufactured to approximately 0.5 mm in thickness and often require significant tooth preparation, which may be unpleasant for the patient. In comparison, ultrathin veneers are only 0.1 mm thick and require little to no tooth preparation, thus helping to preserve enamel.

“The ultrathin and strong 3D-printed zirconia veneer technology can quickly and painlessly strengthen and protect the surface of teeth, prevent cold acid stimulation and wear, and significantly improve appearance. More importantly, compared to conventional ceramic veneer technology, the entire process of tooth reduction is eliminated,” commented Prof. Sun Yuchun, deputy director of the Center of Digital Dentistry at Peking University School of Stomatology.

To provide accurate and precise 3D prints, BMF uses a patented 3D-printing technology called Projection Micro Stereolithography for microfabrication. “Using our unique technology, companies across industries, from electronics to medical devices, are keeping pace with the increasing miniaturisation of technology. In addition to continuing to partner with our customers on their own innovations, we’re excited to unveil one of the first self-developed applications of our technology,” stated John Kawola, the CEO of global operations at BMF. “We know that patients and dentists alike can benefit from thinner veneers and are looking forward to bringing higher levels of precision to the cosmetic dental industry,” he concluded.

The UltraThineer veneers are expected to be available in the US in the spring of 2024, after review by the US Food and Drug Administration. More information about the product can be found here.

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