Interview: Renata Vano, 3D Printing in Prosthodontics, Brazil

Renata Vano Technique in Prosthodontics – Senac- 1993; Specialist Tec. in Total Prosthesis – Senac – 2003; Profª – Graduação; Technique in Dental Prosthesis / Senac -2003-2010; Profª – Specialization Tec. in Prosthesis Total / Senac 2006-2010; Profª in the courses: Apdesp -SP / Senac – SP / Dental São Paulo -MT / Dental Globo – GO / HGEF – CE / Unimar -SP /; Dental IT-SP / Company owner – Mega Smile – courses and trainings – 2004; Technical responsible for the acrylic sector laboratory ERO dental prosthesis – 2001-2018; World Champion in Total Prosthesis – Utah – USA 2017; Member DTG – since 2017. Minister of National and International Courses and Lectures (Ivoclar Speaker – US). She is also one of the speakers on the upcoming event in São Paulo, Brazil on April 17, 2019. For more information of the event you can check this link.

Jenny: When was the first encounter you had with 3D printing? What was that experience like? What were you thinking at that moment?

Renata: The first time that I saw a Denture was in Feb 2018 at Chicago LabDay. That was during a conversation totally informal, but I had many doubts about quality and process for make dentures. In Aug I decided to visit a big dental Lab in Huntsville, AL for understand the process and see result of this new technique for dentures production.

Jenny: What inspired you to start your journey in 3D printing?

Renata: The main reason is to develop a safe way for dentures production and a new way to Dental Technicians work, the first machine that I used was a Carbon and resins from DENTCA and KULZER.

Jenny: Who inspired you the most along this journey in 3D printing ?

Renata: The Oral Arts dental lab in Alabama- Matt Winstead and Valerie McMillan, DDS.

Jenny: What motivates you the most for your work?

Renata: I’m teacher in Brazil for 17 years and I have seen how difficult it is to produce Dentures, and most part of time the Dental Technicians take a long time for, or the final results are not so good in quality or function. I would like to develop a technique for dentures production: safe, security, high end results in quality, aesthetics, resistance to give back for patients a very good smile. I do believe in technology!

Jenny: What is/are the biggest obstacle(s) in your line of work? If you have conquered them, what were your solutions?

Renata: Well, here in Brazil all the steps for digital dentures production are super expensive yet. I have been making travels to the US to learn more about the Digital Dentures, but I can’t find all the machines, materials, and technology like in the US. It makes all the process of research too slow, or not happening the way that I like.

Jenny: What do you think is (are) the biggest challenge(s) in 3D Printing? What do you think the potential solution(s) is (are)?

Renata: The biggest challenge in my opinion is the aesthetics and resistance of materials, the resins are not so pretty and we can’t get the result that we do with process of analog dentures. I’m sure that it’ll getting better … Maybe if the 3d be multi- color… We could print in colors…

Jenny: If you are granted three wishes by a higher being, what would they be?  

Renata: As a professional, I would like to have a Denture Center Brazil: Dental Lab (to attend dentists and patients in Full Mouth Reconstruction cases) + Dental lab school (for training Dental technicians into digital world in a responsible and correct manner. The students will learn about whole analog and functional process by rehabilitating patients and incorporating the technology in favor of their clinical cases.) As I person: health and Knowledge.

Jenny: What advice would you give to a smart driven college student in the “real world”? What bad advices you heard should they ignore?  

Renata: Work with your heart and soul. Never work about money!

Jenny: If you could have a giant billboard to promote a message to millions and even billions of people in our community (i.e. healthcare 3D printing and bio-fabrication), what message would that be?

Renata: Use your heart and soul to print new smiles!

Jenny: What were/was the best investment you made in 3D printing/bio-printing/bio-fabrication?

Renata: As I wrote before, here in Brazil the technology takes more time to arrive in Brazil, the equipment is very expensive and the resins are not allowed for use in the patient’s mouth. As soon as happens I’ll invest!

Jenny: What was/is the biggest risk you took in your career?

Renata: Maybe I’m doing it now! I’m preparing myself for teaching about digital, after years working with high end quality dentures! The main problem is the result of Digital denture is not so good as a Handmade denture. But I think it’s because it’s just getting started. I believe that the materials and processes of the printers’ factories will evolve.  I’m introducing this technology to my students and to Brazilian Dental technicians… let’s see how it will be!

Jenny: What do you enjoy in your spare time? What are you passionate about outside of your work/3d printing?

Renata: I like to be in touch with nature and spending my time with my family and friends!

Jenny: What is your favorite quote? Why?   

Renata: “The pain and pleasure of being.”

Jenny: What does the word “3DHEALS” mean to you?  =)

Renata: A new beginning! New opportunity and new knowledge!

Renata Vano

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