Beautiful smiles are no longer left to chance as digital technology meets design to create stunning outcomes for patients.
Watch Dr Andrea Shepperson design a new smile for worn teeth.
Digital Smile Design (DSD) is a conceptual design tool to enhance communication between dentist, patient and other interdisciplinary team members.
Photographs and video form part of the analysis. A short video interview gives an interactive communication between dentist and patient to capture thoughts and gestures - smile, laugh, lip movements. Facial dimensions are calibrated with the position of the teeth in the mouth, picking up fine imperfections that may be missed and left to chance without DSD. Drawing reference lines to reflect an ideal smile, and mapping these with existing shapes and planes, allows careful assessment of both the possibilities and limitations of case planning.
Cloud based communication means excellence will never be achieved by chance, but from a systematic approach for diagnosis, communication, treatment planning, and execution. Patients experience superior results at all stages and are involved in the design process.
Using Digital Smile Design - DSD
Standard Photo Protocol
Our New Patient Gold Examination involves a set of diagnostic photographs which we also use for DSD.
We make a short interview to discuss your desires for a new smile. This interactive communication between dentist and patient captures your thoughts and also your gestures, smile, laugh, lip movements and reveals the smile you show when you are being spontaneous.
We carry out a digital analysis of the face. We calibrate these measurements with the position of the teeth in the mouth, picking up fine imperfections that may be missed and left to chance without DSD. Drawing reference lines to reflect an ideal smile, and mapping these with existing shapes and planes, allows careful assessment of both the possibilities and limitations of case planning.
The Mock Up or Prototype
This is an exciting appointment for the patient. It is the first opportunity to see the impact of new shapes...carefully designed and appropriate tooth forms that create harmony in the face.
We discuss the final scope of work - how many teeth we will treat, what materials we will use, and any preliminary structural treatment needed for individual teeth.
DSD allows us to provide beautiful solutions with a variety of materials, to meet all budgets.
Using a cloud based file sharing system to exchange information between dentist, ceramist and dental specialists allows immediate access to uploaded photos at any stage. Use of a storyboard to track changes and comments creates superior communication on our patient's behalf. Limitations, corrections and checklists are clearly understood. Our ceramist makes final DSD changes to the design, photographing and re-calibrating the ceramic before final colours and glazing. The finished case is ready for delivery to the dental office, for either try in or cementation.