Today I will delve a little further into the way my team and I trace a Smile Design digital plan, with all the technology and digital world inherent to our methods at the White Clinic. First and foremost I’ll leave you the links to the articles I wrote last week, where I started by making a reflexion on the subject, followed by the procedures we go through on the first appointment and why:
As I explained before, after the first appointment we collect the data results from the CAT scan, the molds we made and the photographic protocol. These three elements are extremely important for us to start working on the clinical case at hand.
Through the use of a 3D scanner we can transpose all the collected physical information to the computer, in order to digitally recreate that patient’s mouth. Afterwards, and thanks to the info collected by the CAT scan, we superimpose the digital molds we got to find the exact scale we must work at. Using a simple image editing program, we are then in position of “building” a new smile for our patient.
Let’s assume this particular clinical case would require the application of implants! The CAT scan gives us the information we need to define the place and dimension of the implants we should be placing. Then, all we have to do is design the crowns over the teeth and the implants we planned.
Once the digital study is finished, the patient has the opportunity to see the treatment outcome without even before it has started it and the doctor has a support basis to explain all the planed procedure.
Honestly, for me as a dentist with all the years of experience I have, it’s very reassuring to be able to see the patient’s reactions to these technologies and the feeling of control regarding the treatment, which makes them feel safe. It is simply something I can’t live without when thinking of Smile Design and something the White team and I have been doing for a while now.
But what if I tell you there’s still more to this and that patients can actually feel on their own skin the outcome of this study even before they start they treatment?
I’ll explain how on my next article!