Nowadays, we use images to communicate every day. We live in a visual culture, and the truth is, that Dentistry has been reaping huge benefits from digital photography. That’s what I want to talk about today.
Dental photography is one of the most important tools we dentists can use while developing and documenting a treatment plan. Having good pictures of the teeth means the we can see every little detail in the color, texture and shape of the teeth, and gives us a good idea of the structure of the mouth.
This not only allows us have a clear vision of how the teeth look before, and how they may look after being treated, it also lets us communicate better with our colleagues and the lab technicians who develop all sorts of prosthetics.
On the other hand, photography allows us to better communicate with the patients. With the help of intra and extra-oral photographs you can show them exactly what and where the problems are, and how you intend to fix them. At the White Clinic, for example, we use Digital Smile Design to recreate the final result so the patient can follow every step of the plan.
This will make the patients feel confident about the treatment, and will give them the opportunity to give us their opinion on it.
Finally, as a lecturer, digital photography as taken my presentations to another level. With the new developments in photographic technology and new image software I can show exactly what I’m talking about. When communicating with an audience, the old adage rings true: don’t tell them, show them.
So, digital photography is crucial in every good dental practice. You don’t have to have a studio, but you should have good equipment and software, and know how to use it.
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