A picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to a new smile. Digital smile design provides an opportunity for effective communication. Patient and doctor can discuss treatment alternatives already in the consultation process. This type of smile simulator software can be used in any case when a patient is not satisfied with their smile.
There are two things needed for a visualization: an intraoral scan, and a digital picture of their smile. For this picture, it is important that it is static, showing maximum exposure of the teeth.
Also, optional media can be gathered such as retracted or supplemental photos and videos of the patient. Once the data of the patient is gathered and sent to the dental laboratory, the clinician will proceed to begin the patient’s treatment plan, for anything from prophilaxis (preventative treatment), to caries and local irritants removal, restorative work, extractions, or orthodontic treatments. The treatment approach will reflect the patient’s individual needs. Digital smile design software usually works with automatic positioning and can be used for cases of any complexity, for changing one tooth or the entire dentition, and also for changing the patient’s current shade. Here are the most common indications:
- Teeth stains and discoloration.
- Broken and damaged teeth.
- Missing teeth.
- Malpositioned teeth.
- Chip teeth.
No matter what type of treatment might be needed for this form of esthetic dentistry, whether it is crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants, veneers, or orthodontic aligners: it can be visualized in the smile design software before the dentist creates a personal treatment plan.
This type of co-diagnosis between patient and doctor can motivate patients to enroll in treatment. Clinicians can even show their patient photographs of other patients pre and post treatment, to illustrate the outcomes of specific procedures. Photos and images, in this way, can play a vital role in informed consent and treatment acceptance. Patients can make a truly informed decision about their future smile.