(PRWEB UK) 11 February 2013
The latest craze sweeping the dental world is called DSD or Digital Smile Design. This concept has been developed by a Brazilian seventh generation dentist Dr Christian Coachman who has the persona of a rock star more than a traditional dentist. The concept has exploded through the use of social media particularly Facebook and his dedicated site aimed at dental professionals has over 6,000 likes from across the globe!
The concept utilises the latest digital video and photographic analysis to perform a dentofacial analysis (teeth and face to you and me) first digitally, but then utilising calibration in Keynote or Powerepoint and Dropbox, the latest file sharing on the cloud, the new smile is designed precisely and a test smile is created before any teeth are even touched.
Dr Elaine Halley from Cherrybank Dental Spa and master dental ceramist Gary Jenkinson recently travelled over 5,000 miles to undergo 4 days of intensive training in the techniques.
‘We were the only Europeans on this inaugural training course. There were dentists from Russia, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia who are really embracing the latest technology. It takes cosmetic dentistry and smile design to a whole new level of predictability. I have always intended to stay abreast of the latest technology in dentistry but this has really escalated to a new level.The most exciting development in cosmetic dentistry since the invention of the porcelain veneer.
Using the technology, many specialists can give their opinions via video-link before the final treatment plan is decided upon. In the past, a patient would need to be referred to many different places and put all these opinions together themselves. This takes time and money! Using Dropbox and applications, specialist can review xrays, scans and photographs and give their opinion without the need for separate appointments. And the good news is – this reduces cost for everyone!
Whether the solution for improving a smile involves porcelain veneers, implants or complex solutions, the first step should be the blue print design. For too long, dentists have been like engineers building a house without an architect. This has resulted in many UK smiles being a mis-match of different colours and shapes.
With DSD, the planning is carried out first with meticulous attention to detail including HD video webcam capture. The technology doesn't end there – right around the corner will be the ability to CAD/CAM the design directly using sophisticated cameras and laser printing.
Who knew? The future of our dentistry is in the technology...
Cherrybank Dental Spas are situated in Perth and Edinburgh and can be contacted on 0131 5501600 info(at)cherrydental(dot)com or http://www.cherrybankdentalspa.com
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