Digital Smile Design
3D Positioning of the teeth according to the face, in harmony with physical and emotional features of the patient.
If you want to modify your smile for aesthetic or functional reasons, Digital Smile Design is a new technology that your dentist can use to show you how your new smile will look. You can give feedback and suggest any changes you want to make before your new smile design is finalised.
At Dapto Cosmetic and Family Dental, we use Digital Smile Design to help our patients make informed decisions and take a more active role in their dental restorations.
What is Digital Smile Design?
Digital Smile Design (DSD) helps dentists to plan restorative treatments more efficiently, while also helping patients to see what their new smiles will look like to a high level of accuracy. Being able to clearly visualise your outcome can be useful for getting an idea of what your teeth will look like after your treatment, as well as giving you the chance to make changes at the design stage.
Unlike traditional restorative treatments that focus on the teeth, gums and jaw, the DSD system also considers the relationship between the mouth and other parts of the face involved in smiling, such as the cheeks, eyes and lips. It also visualises a wide range of facial expressions, to show you how your smile will look when talking, laughing and in other emotional states, helping you to design a smile that matches your personality.
Since its launch over eight years ago, more than 25,000 dentists all over the world have been trained to use Digital Smile Design for facially-driven treatment planning. Our principal dentist Dr. Nitin Dhanani is experienced in DSD treatments, and can help you take your smile for a digital 'test drive' before you commit to your tailored treatment plan.
How does it work?
If you choose Digital Smile Design for your dental restorations, we'll first take a series of high quality digital photos and videos of your mouth and face from multiple angles and with different facial expressions, to help you see the full range of your smile.
These images and videos are then analysed by the DSD software, which will show you 3D images of how your face is likely to look after your dental treatment. You and your dentist can work together to design your new smile until you're satisfied.
Once the design has been finalised, our team will create a physical mock-up of your new smile that you can inspect and approve. We'll then send the design to a dental laboratory where your custom porcelain laminate veneers will be made and sent back to us. We can then arrange your appointment to fit your veneers.
What are the benefits?
Being able to clearly visualise your future smile has a number of advantages for patients, as well as for dentists. Digital Smile Design:
- helps patients take a more active role in planning their dental treatments
- improves communication between dentists and patients
- improves communication and efficiency across dental teams
- can deliver more personalised results than traditional reconstructions
- helps patients to visualise their smile in different situations
- offers a more reliable breakdown of treatment costs.
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If you want to know more about how our dentists in Dapto can help you create your new smile using Digital Smile Design, fill in the form below or call us on (02) 4261 1199 to schedule your consultation.