Digital Smile Design
The design phase is fundamental for the rehabilitation of the smile, so why not rely on a technology that can speed it up and improve it? Smile Lynx is the digital smile planning software that allows dentists to show patients "before" and "after" images in less than 10 minutes, after which the design can be imported into the CAD Lynx 3D software and sent to the lab to print or mill the restorations.
Digital Smile Design software for smile reconstruction
Despite (even though) requiring more time, the analogue approach is currently the most widespread.
After the impression has been taken, a plaster (gypsum)model of the dental arches is developed in the laboratory. On the latter, the characteristics of the smile are reproduced in wax while respecting the size and shape of the teeth. After the diagnostic wax-up phase, the technician imprints the wax-up with the appropriate materials and places it in the articulator. These impressions are then used by the dentist to print the teeth in the patient's mouth through specific composites, creating a mock-up so that both can realize the functionality and aesthetics of the rehabilitation solution. Independently of the analog or digital approach, if you choose a non monolithic
- It is the most common traditional technique among the studies
- This is the most known technique by patients
- Many steps and more time are required to fabricate the prosthetic restoration
- Increased risk of errors and inaccuracies
The digital smile design allows highly aesthetic restorations to be made from a 2D image. First, the facial features are evaluated to adapt the shape of the teeth to the characteristics of the patient and then the possible involvement of the gingival parabolas. In a few minutes, the software allows you to draw the restoration directly on the image and involves the patient from the first steps of the work, helps him to visualize the final result and facilitates the acceptance of the treatment.
Dentist and dental technician work in a team: after having evaluated the restoration to be carried out and having submitted the project to the patient, they can pass to the intraoral scanning phase to obtain precise impressions and functional restorations.
The work team can then create a model of the final restoration to allow the patient to experience the new smile.
Both approaches require commitment and attention, but the computerized workflow reduces the manual steps and therefore the risk of errors during the artisan work.
- Preliminary visualization of the result
- Possibility to discuss and modify the result
- Reduced articulating time thanks to digital articulator
- Digital detection with magnification that makes the edges perfectly recognizable
- Easier overall restorations
- Necessary phase of software learning
- Dental practice and dental technician must equip themselves with compatible technologies