Cerec machines have transformed dental veneers technology to the highest level. CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) was invented by Swiss professor Dr. Werner Moermann in the 1980’s. Fortunately for dentistry, he had two flashes of inspiration that led to creating the CEREC system, an advanced process for fabrication of dental preparations:
- He thought that if an ultrasound scan can make an image of an unborn baby, why not a tooth? While that turned out to be impossible, Marco Brandestini, a Swiss engineer, discovered how to do it with visible light.
- With that accomplished, Dr. Moermann developed a technique for high-accuracy precision fabricating of a dental filling from a solid block of ceramic, using CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design & Computer Aided Manufacturing) — a miniature version of industrial computerized design used to program manufacturing processes, much like a 3-D printer.