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What Is Digital Smile Design (DSD)?
DSD is a unique dental treatment planning tool that strengthens Dr Joel’s diagnostic vision, enhances predictability, and improves communication between him and his patients. A treatment plan is completely based on a thorough analysis of the patient’s dental and facial proportions. Through the use of videos, photographs, and temporary mock-ups, Dr Joel can get a better sense of the relationship between the lips, gums, and teeth, as well as how they work together to create the patient’s smile.
Along with the physical aspects, Dr Joel will also look at the emotional needs of the patient and how they react in certain situations. These factors can impact the treatment plan, as emotions are important to creating the physical way to express those reactions. When you choose to embark on a DSD journey, you’ll work closely with Dr Joel who is more than just a dentist. In fact, those accepted into the group of DSD providers have artistic vision, which is necessary to create beautiful smiles, as well as the experience needed to give you a positive outcome.
How Can I Start The Digital Smile Design Process?
If you choose to move forward, Dr Joel will take three-dimensional photos and videos of every angle of your mouth. This digital scan is done with an intraoral scanner, and the data is imported into the DSD software.
Intraoral scanners are extremely effective because they offer more views of the mouth. During the scan, Dr Joel will watch each image pop up on the screen in real time. This ensures the right images are being captured at the angles needed to create a visual representation of the final result. Watching these images can help save you time during the process as well, since you won’t have to come back for any additional imaging after the consultation is done.
The Process Of Digital Smile Design
After the data is imported into the software, Dr Joel will look at the digital library of various forms and shapes that can be placed over the tops of your teeth in the images. This gives you a quick glimpse into what you can expect from the treatment, as well as gives Dr Joel what is needed to create a physical model with a dental lab. The images and videos help the lab create a more realistic model, which may include your facial aesthetics and other important aspects.
You will be heavily involved in the entire process from start to finish. It’s important for you to communicate your wants and needs to Dr Joel. You’ll also have the opportunity to approve the three-dimensional model and mock-up images of what your smile will look like after the treatment is complete. You’re in the driver’s seat when you choose DSD. Dr Joel may even be able to place portions of the model in your mouth temporarily to give you a better idea of what your teeth will look like as you speak and smile.
The Restoration Process
Upon approval, Dr Joel will begin the restoration process. This often involves keeping the mock-up or model in your mouth as a preparation guide. Any fragments or damaged teeth will be removed, and restored teeth will be placed as implants or veneers. Dr Joel will restore each individual tooth before moving on to the next. Finally, the process is finished with a polishing treatment that will help your teeth look shiny and clean.
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