Digital Smile Design

on 16th April 2019

Award-winning dental laboratory Ambridge Ceramics highlights how Digital Smile Design can benefit the practice as well as demonstrating an extra level of care to your private patients


Digital Smile Design is just one of a host of technological advances for the dental industry and it is already helping dentists around the world to provide their patients with an extra level of care, confidence and professionalism when discussing complex treatment plans, such as smile makeovers, with their patients.

Simplified workflow

1. A standardised selection of high resolution images (or video) are taken of the patient’s smile.

2. This information can be added to with an IOS scan, impression or existing model.

3. The laboratory will create a 3D suggestion of the new smile on dental software and return to view.

4. If the patient is happy with their new ‘look’ the suggestion can be adapted to a 3D model.

5. On the 3D model a ‘blow-down’ clear silicone matrix is made to transfer the smile to the patient in provisional resin.

6. The patient then gets to ‘wear’ an exact copy of the 3D suggestion giving them a ‘Trial Smile’ this can be spot etched or totally removable.

7. This trial smile can in turn be finely adjusted to until all are happy.

8. The resulting smile becomes what we call Patient Approved Provisionals and forms the guide for the final smile.


Planned outcome showing potential issues. We can clearly see on the proposed design soft tissue surgery would be required to achieve the ideal outcome. Using planning technology such as DSD enables us to see any issues and discuss with the patient prior to any surgery being started


DSD Benefits

Digital Smile Design – also known simply as DSD – involves a series of digital photographs or video taken of a patient’s teeth, face and smile, then using these images to highlight the potential results and complications a course of 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 best aesthetic changes possible. These high-quality images allow dentists and dental professionals to make changes visually to show to others when designing a new smile or treatment plan. 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.

One of DSD’s most significant benefits is the way that it connects with patients, allowing them to easily see what the end result of a treatment or procedure can potentially look like. This is one of the best ways to boost confidence and it puts their minds at ease. We understand it’s a very big step to have any change cosmetically, however using DSD the resulting 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.


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.

Visual Reference

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.


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.

Telephone: 01765 607347


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