At the beginning of last year, Bremen-based 3D printing material expert BEGO presented VarseoSmile Crown plus, the world's first tooth-colored, ceramic-filled hybrid material approved as a Class IIa medical device for 3D printing permanent single crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers. The already broad range of applications for the biocompatible material, which is offered in seven VITA* classical shades (A1, A2, A3, B1, B3, C2, D3), was expanded in several respects in the middle of this year and confirmed by extensive scientific studies conducted by renowned universities and institutes.
Recent studies also demonstrate the material's suitability for veneers on metal frameworks – an application option that allows the efficiency of veneering combination restorations to be revolutionized.
Further innovations relate to the aesthetics of the printed restorations: Thanks to an extended formulation, the fluorescence of the restorations is now similar to that of natural teeth. Furthermore, in addition to the individualization of the end-polymerized printed objects with stains, this is now also possible with commercially available veneering composites. The possibility of adapting or repairing already printed objects with VarseoSmile Crown plus outside the patient's mouth if necessary, while maintaining stability of the restorations, is another advantage in practical use.
Over the last few months, the range of compatible 3D printers for which the use of VarseoSmile Crown plus is approved, has also been expanded. "We want to make our innovative material available to as many users as possible – including those who do not own a 3D printer from the BEGO Varseo printer family. The list of compatible printers is growing continuously based on our partnerships with well-known 3D printer manufacturers such as Formlabs* or Asiga*", reports Thomas Kwiedor, Head of Business Development 3D Printing at BEGO. And Kwiedor continues: "Sprintray* users with Pro series printers in the EU can also benefit from the many advantages of our material with immediate effect."
Thanks to the full integration into the digital workflow and the low material costs of about two euros per crown, a fast supply option with an excellent price-performance ratio is made possible. Patients can be restored immediately in just one session with print times of – depending on the printer – less than one hour in the interaction of user and practitioner, and at the same time receive an aesthetic and long-lasting restoration.
All information on 3D printing of permanent restorations from VarseoSmile Crown plus, the overview of compatible 3D printing system components, the summary of the scientific studies conducted and the possibility to order free VarseoSmile Crown plus test sample crowns can be found here.
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