…additive manufacturing could bend the cost curve in a number of industries, especially healthcare.
The primary issue in all healthcare including dentistry is cost. Insurance would not be an issue if people felt they could pay for quality care at a reasonable price.
Technology, such as 3D printing and smartphone based apps have the potential to bring the cost of healthcare waaaay down. In the past every medical dental device was purpose built to do one rather specific thing. Development and manufacturing costs were high and the number of potential customers (buyers) was low. However if a dentist can use his/her smartphone and simply down load an app or send a file to an off the shelf 3D printer the cost of future tech will be much lower than in the past.