What is the digital smile design concept (DSD)

Digital Smile Design concept aims to assist the dentist in 3 aspects:

  1. Improve the Esthetic Planning and Smile Design.
  2. Improve communication between specialists involved in the case.
  3. Improve 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.

Over the years dentistry has 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 are integrated 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 DSD 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 DSD also aims to help in this quest by creating a channel of communication between dentist and patient that facilitates the process.

Everything is based on video and photographic facial aesthetic analysis of the patient to better understand the relationship of the teeth, gums, lips and face in motion. But above all, the DSD seeks to present to the public a new face of dentistry, more humanistic, emotional and artistic, further enhancing our noble profession before the society, because after all there are not many things in life more important than a healthy, natural, confident and beautiful smile!