Digital Smile Design (DSD)

Digital Smile Design

Nowadays, more and more people are concerned about their esthetic. A perfect smile can affect a person’s overall appearance, making them to have more confidence when meeting with people. Recently, Digital Smile Design (DSD) has become more and more popular, providing more predictable results for every patient.

What is Digital Smile Design

DSD is a dental treatment planning tool that helps the dental providers to have improved diagnostic vision, better outcome predictability and improved communication between the providers and patients. With DSD, the dental providers would be able to design a better and beautiful smile customized to every patient and be able to deliver the treatment planning confidently to the patients. With the patients’ complete understanding, they could perform the dental treatments efficiently.

How does DSD work?

When the patients have decided to make their smile look better, the dental providers will communicate with them to understand their expectations and needs from the treatment. Then, the providers will take photos of them and their teeth. Later, all the required photos will be imported into the DSD software.

Then, the software will help the dental provider to analyze the patients’ dental and facial proprotions thoroughly. There are various forms and shapes that can be chosen from the digital library which suits best for the patient. This gives the patients a quick glimpse into what they can expect at the end of the treatment.

Next, the providers will explain to the patients the problem lists. A thorough treatment plan is created based on the problem lists and what dental treatments are needed to achieve the final outcome. The treatment can range from simple restorative procedures, orthodontic treatment to orthognathic surgery.

Case Sample

First, patient is required to take photos of their smile.

Patient with smile
Patient with retracted smile

Next, photos are imported into the DSD software. The providers identify the patient’s smile issues. Then, the software is used to analyze their dental and facial proportion, thus designing a better smile design customized to every patient.

Patient’s smile design
Patient’s close up smile design
Patient’s smile design simulation

Lastly, the final outcome of the smile design is then displayed on the software. Treatment plan based on the design is then discussed with the patient.

What makes DSD unique?

After smile design simulation

Although digital imaging and diagnostic mock-up can show to the patients how will they look like at the end of the treatment, they have their limitations in terms predictability. With DSD, the providers are able to tell the patients exactly what their smile will look like because final outcome of the patient’s smile will be displayed in the software and the accuracy of the the final outcome is high. With these, miscommunication between the patients and providers can be avoided as they will be on the same page.

Who is a best candidate for DSD?

Good news is everyone is a good candidate as long as they want to have a better and beautiful smile.

So, if you have always wanted to do something about your smile, this is the opportunity to bring up your wants and needs.

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