Digital Smile Design is a systematic approach to consistently achieve functional and esthetic Dentistry. It allows for diagnosis, communication, treatment planning and execution in a proven predictable way.
Practically, we start with an analysis of the patient’s facial and dental proportions. By using a series of high resolution digital photos and videos we are able to develop a deep understanding of the relationship of the teeth, gums, and lip with the rest of the face. Facial features that express emotion are analyzed to design the smile. Drawings are made on the digital photos to record measurements that translate to the desired characteristics of the smile. These photos are then used to communicate with the laboratory to fabricate a mold that is used to show the patient their new smile in their mouth.
The constant evolution of dental materials and techniques has made it possible to effectively restore tooth form and function using a minimally invasive approach. However, the final esthetic results may fail to meet the patient’s expectations due to disharmony between the smile design and the patient’s personality.
Visagism involves the creation of a customized personal image that expresses a person’s sense of identity. It is useful in dentistry to help aid what a smile design might look best on a given individual. A short series of questions helps to determine the individual’s personality.
“With Digital Smile Design, the patient becomes the co-author of their smile, allowing them to have input in their desires, expectations, color, shape and ultimately the end result.”