Digital Smile Design is a digital design of the smile by means of the study the relationships between the teeth, gums, and lips of the patient in order to plan their treatment virtually. The dentist who practices the DSD, therefore, is not just a dental specialist, but a “Smile Designer” who will achieve the right balance in the face of each patient.
A great advantage of this innovative system is that it does not require specialized medical equipment. With digital photographs taken correctly and in good resolution the dentist can study each case and plan their treatment virtually.
Why Consider Smile Designs?
Not everyone is comfortable with their smile. If you feel inhibited in your smiling because you are self-conscious about how your teeth look, you may be coming off as unfriendly, boring, or even rude. This can hold you back socially and professionally. For many people in this situation, cosmetic dental work increases their confidence and encourages natural smiling.
At Allo Dental, we have been working for a long time with the DSD, achieving multiple benefits for our patients:
An improvement in the aesthetic planning and the design of the smile: with the Digital Smile Design the dentist plans to the millimeter all the dental treatment of the patient.
An improvement in communication between the dental interdisciplinary team: thanks to the DSD, all specialists involved in the case, from dentists and maxillofacial surgeons to laboratories can consult and discuss at any time the ideal treatment plan. This allows the laboratory to translate the entire treatment plan into a real aesthetic test that the patient can see before the treatment is performed.
An improvement in doctor-patient communication: the patient can comment on the final result and share with the specialist their doubts and concerns about the treatment. Together, they can get the ideal simulation for the end result.
With all this, we see that Digital Smile Design is not only a virtual planning technical tool, but a work philosophy that allows a more controlled monitoring of the treatment by professional and patient, which translates into more efficiency and greater satisfaction of our patients.
Treatment Options and Smile Design
There are many things people do not like about their smile and just as many options for improving what they don’t like. Here are some common treatments:
Teeth whitening: This can be done at home with a kit over the course of a couple of weeks or at your dentist’s office.
Braces: Nothing works better than braces for straightening and realigning teeth. Invisalign is an excellent option for those who prefer a less visible treatment option.
Composite: This bonding material can be placed on teeth for minor shaping or improved coloring.
Veneers: These shell-like porcelain coverings can shape teeth, close gaps, and hide discoloration.
Gum reshaping: If you feel your teeth appear too small, your gums can be raised and veneers adhered to your teeth to enlarge them.
Gum grafting: This fix for receding gums takes small samples of gum from elsewhere in your mouth and implants them where tooth roots are exposed.
Benefits of Smile Design
Don’t underestimate the power of a great smile. Smiling is an important social cue that you may be underutilizing if you are embarrassed by your smile. Smiling lets people know we are pleasant and approachable. It’s used to express approval, satisfaction, and joy.
Smile design helps people take control of their smile again so they feel more confident using it. This promotes social acceptability and makes you feel better about yourself. People who smile and have nice smiles tend to receive more positive attention and opportunities.
Frequently Asked Questions About Smile Design
This depends on what you have done. It can take several weeks for a gum graft to fully heal and years for braces to fully straighten your teeth. On the other hand, veneers can instantaneously improve your smile. Ask you dentist about what to expect for the work you choose to have done.
Yes! Depending on what you want done, you may require more than one procedure. For instance, if you need a veneer to fix a damaged tooth, it’s suggested that you have your other teeth whitened to match the veneer. Your dentist can help plan the order of procedures for the best outcome.
Absolutely, but know that smoking can counteract certain procedures, such as teeth whitening.
Probably not for your overall dental health, but many people find a new self-confidence that improves their general well-being after having cosmetic dental work done.