Boston Micro Fabrication to launch micro 3D-printed zirconia veneers

An UltraThineer, (left) compared with a standard zirconia veneer

Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF) announced its plans to launch UltraThineer veneers, a 3D-printed, zirconia veneer said to be three times thinner than a standard veneer. Produced using projection micro-stereolithography (PμSL) 3D printing, the UltraThineer veneers aims to preserve a patient’s enamel more effectively during a treatment.

Developed in collaboration with Peking University, the UltraThineer veneers are based on a complete workflow including the material, the production technology and the finishing process, that allows the fabrication of veneers as thin as 100μm, according to the company.

“The ultra-thin 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,” said Prof Sun Yuchun of Peking University School of Stomatology.

The company expects UltraThineer veneers to be available in the spring of 2024, pending the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review.