Steps of Smile Design
The initial examination is the most crucial part of the Smile Design process. In this appointment, we focus on patients' needs and desires about their smiles. Having a perfect understanding between patients and orofacial experts is essential to achieve the goal of constructing confident and healthy smiles. Diagnostic conversations and listening to the patients prevent us from approaching from an incorrect perspective to any treatment. At the end of the first appointment, we need to look in the same direction as our patients.
Digital Smile Design Photo-Video Protocol
In the documentation session, we try to obtain every relevant information about patients' occlusion and the way they smile. Since the smile is a compelling action, working to have distinct information with a static picture has always been an unnecessary hustle. To capture the smile, we need dynamic documentation such as video. Additionally, we take impressions of the patients to record jaw relations to prevent any functional conflict, and to construct the prototype Smile Design for the patient. That's how we can transfer our design to patients' mouths.
Digital Smile Design Process
In the Digital Smile Design (DSD) process, we are applying specific protocols on either computers or iPads to design the new smiles of the patients with the pictures and videos obtained in previous sessions. We are spending quality time focusing on one individual patient's smile rather than dealing with an entire treatment plan in a limited time-frame in a dental office setup. This way, we try to prevent any possible diagnostic mistakes with potential distractions.
Digital 3D Wax-Up - 3D Printing
By conventional buccal wax-up technique, we have the opportunity to transfer our aesthetic dentistry designs to our patients' faces. This way, we have the luxury of seeing the result of our possible treatment plan before we start the treatment. So our initial design acts as a lighthouse in the sea, which leads us through the treatment process. With our design in hand, we always follow the initial plan regardless of the longevity of some treatments.
But the worst thing about a conventional wax-up is that it is dependent on a skillful dental technician to be flawless. To become a "Skillful" Dental Technician, they need to practice around ten years, and an experienced Dental Ceramist usually doesn't want to spend their valuable time on wax-up.