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Fully digital design for natural-looking results

1 April 2021 Categories: digital dentistry Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This case perfectly portrays a fully digital case and the difference the result can make to a patient’s overall appearance.

This lovely gentleman visited Dr Drew Winstanley wanting to improve the general appearance of his smile. He was unhappy with the brown and discoloured look of his teeth and had been left dissatisfied with the multiple failed attempts by previous practitioners to mask the tooth wear.

Not only is Dr Drew a relatively new client of ours, so was this patient for the practice, so we really needed to pull out all the stops… and we always do!

We started with a digital smile design using 3Shape Dental Designer, which allowed us to show both the dentist and the patient the proposed new smile digitally in 3D by superimposing it over the patient’s existing dentition. This allows an honest and open dialogue to happen between the patient, dentist and us at the lab, meaning that we can make any tweaks and adjustments as required, before any dental work was started or before any tooth structure was cut. This is key for us at Ambridge Ceramics as we believe in building strong relationships with our clients in order to deliver beautiful, functional restorations, every time.

In order to correct the bite and aesthetics of this smile, we created 11 digitally designed and milled porcelain veneers and crowns. For this specific case, two different materials were used: e.max CAD (purple block) and Zirconia Anterior Multi-Layer. Both have different refractive indices and therefore reflect light (shade) in different ways, so there’s always a potential for the end result to appear a different shade when finished or worse, when fitted.

At Ambridge Ceramics, we have found via experimentation, which zirconia works best with which lithium disilicate system (e.max) and how to treat them to enable a shade match with the final restorations.

As you can see from the final outcome, the result was harmonious and natural looking, while being strong and functional. Both Dr Drew and his patient were thrilled with the result.


What Is Digital Smile Design (DSD)?

25 August 2017 Categories: Uncategorized Tagged with: ,

Digital Smile Design is the latest in technological advances for the dental industry and it’s already helping dentists around the world to provide their patients with an extra level of care, confidence and professionalism when disucssing complex treatment plans such as Smile Make Overs with their patients.

Digital Smile Design – also known simply as DSD – involves a series of digital photographs taken of a patient’s teeth, face and smile then uses them to highlight the potential results a treatment can have. By using a patient’s very own teeth, smile, gums and lips, DSD helps dentists to achieve lifelike results. DSD takes into account a patient’s specific features to determine the aesthetic changes possible. These high quality images allow dentists and dental professionals to make changes visually to show to others when designing a smile or treatment. Not only does this highlight to a patient the potential changes that could be made, but it’s a great assistance tool for dentists who are keen to ensure they provide the most natural looking improvement they can.


The Benefits of DSD for Dentists and Dental Practices

One of DSD’s top benefits is the way that it connects with patients, allowing them to easily see what the end result of a treatment or procedure will look like. This is one of the best ways to boost confidence and it puts their minds at ease; It’s nerve wracking to have a big change cosmetically, but DSD images give a clear representation of what type of smile they can expect. However, some of the biggest benefits of using DSD are actually experienced by dentists themselves. For example:

  • DSD Helps Dentists and Dental Technicians to Create a Visual Reference for Patients

When it comes to giving patients their new teeth and smile, it’s easy for dentists to imagine the end result. After all, with years of experience and an expert eye, dentists are able to asses a set of teeth and imagine how they will look after undergoing a specific treatment. However, this isn’t always the case for patients. After having the same set of teeth for many years, it can be a struggle for patients to picture what their mouth and smile will look like once they have undergone treatment. This is where DSD comes in. Dentists can use DSD as a point of reference.

  • DSD Helps Dentists to Explain Treatments and Procedures

DSD helps dentists to explain how a certain treatment will look once it has been completed to patients. It provides a digital image that clearly shows the type of results they can expect. Not only does this help an individual to know what changes will be made, but it’s a great way to create excitement in those who have been looking forward to improved teeth for many years.

  • DSD Allows Dentists and the laboratory to Work Together with Patients

Another way that DSD can benefit an individual dentist or an entire dental practice is through its ability to help dental professionals and patients to work together to create the perfect smile. It can be difficult for a patient to clearly convey what they’re looking to achieve, in the same way it can be difficult for a dentist to express the different treatment options. DSD solves this by allowing a patient to be the co-designer of their treatment. Dental professionals and patients can work together to create a desired look; this could be through sharing expectations and realistic goals.

Digital Smile Design: Find Out More

Digital Smile Design is already proving to be an effective tool for dentists and it’s a prime example of how technology can go a long way towards improving the quality of dentist care available. To find out more about DSD, how it works and the benefits it has for dentists around the world get in touch. Contact Ambridge Ceramics today on 01765 607347 or online.