Digital Smile Designing (DSD) aims to showcase a fresh facet of dentistry, more compassionate, emotionally attuned, and artistic. Because after all there are not many things in life more important than a healthy, natural, confident and beautiful smile!
The concept aims to assist the dentist in 3 aspects:
- Esthetic Planning and Smile Design
- Communication between specialists involved in the case
- Communication with the patient
Increasing their participation on the designing process of their own smile design, motivating and educating them about the benefits of the treatment and increasing the case acceptance. Dentistry developed in order to meet the patients, more demanding, esthetic expectations. Nowadays having a mouth free of biological and functional problems is not enough. Patients want beautiful smiles that integrate with their physical characteristics but also in harmony with their emotional aspects. To achieve this kind of result, the modern dentist needs to go beyond just being a good dentist. We need to become Smile Designers!
The DSD Concept aims to help the dentist in this matter, improving the esthetic visualization of the patient’s problems and giving insights about possible solutions. The ideal esthetic outcome also depends on teamwork. The ideal treatment is the result of an interdisciplinary approach which is a challenge in itself due to the difficulty of implementing a protocol for efficient communication among the team. The Digital Smile Designing also aims to facilitate the process of communication in a simple manner. Finally, the process of transformation of a smile must take into consideration the wishes of the patient.
The fundamental question is: what the patient wants to express with their smile? We can create different smile designs, each one with a specific character. The key is in discovering what is the design that will harmonize with the morphopsychological aspects of the patient. Digital Smile Designing also strives to contribute to this endeavor by establishing a communication bridge between the dental practitioner and the patient.
3 Key aspects of Digital Smile Designing
DSD is based on 3 key aspects: better visual communication in daily treatment planning, better integration of the interdisciplinary team and better interaction with the patient. The concept has been spreading rapidly around the world mainly because of its simplicity and do not require any special equipment, software or major investments. Everything is based on video and photographic facial esthetic analysis of the patient to better understand the relationship of the teeth, gums, lips and face in motion.
So, What is DSD? DSD is not only a software, a video, photos or drawings. DSD is a working philosophy, a new wave that brings dentistry to an emotional level. Trying to connect with people through emotions, visual communication and real care. DSD is linking the missing gaps to create a new dental vision for the 21st century, the century of customization.
Please feel free to consult Dr. Deval Anand at Dental Aesthtica & ENT Clinic for any oral health issues.