The first 3D printer was invented in 1983, and since then 3D printing has been used to create a variety of different items including toys, musical instruments… even body parts!
A 3D printer works in a similar way to a standard printer that uses ink and paper. You upload something called a CAD file to the printer, and it generates thin layers of plastic in a specific sequence to build a 3D model of the file you told it to create. If you have the right file, you can create anything you want!
3D printers can now be used to create dentures, making it easier and quicker than ever before to replace missing teeth. We are proud to offer 3D dentures as part of the full range of dental services in Airdrie that we provide our customers, using our very own in-house printer, scanner and specialist design software.
So, what are the differences between 3D dentures and traditional dentures? This short guide will help you to understand the critical differences between them.
3D dentures are quicker and easier to make: Traditional dentures take several sessions to mould, design and fit, meaning that if you have broken dentures, you may have a long wait ahead of you. With 3D dentures, there are less invasive fitting sessions, and your brand-new dentures are ready to wear in a matter of days.
Plus, the bonus is that if you break or lose your 3D dentures, we can pull up your original scans and create your dentures again, meaning that you do not have to come into the office to have your measurements retaken!
3D dentures fit better: As our digital scanner catches all the details in your mouth in a matter of seconds, the fit you get with 3D dentures is much more accurate than the one you get with traditional dentures.
3D dentures can be customised more: When we create the 3D model of your mouth, we can select a variety of different teeth types to suit your aesthetic. This gives you the perfect set of dentures to match your mouth and face shape, giving you more confidence in your brand-new smile.
3D dentures are much more durable: Traditional dentures are prone to wear and tear in your mouth and will eventually crack, fade and chip. 3D dentures last a lot longer, saving you money and ensuring that you can eat hard or chewy food with complete confidence.