When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, patients want different things based on their unique preferences. However, one thing is certain: Most individuals desire dramatic results that still look natural. Artistic smile design refers to the treatment planning process for cosmetic dentistry. We define it as a mutual sharing of treatment options based on a patient’s unique desires and expectations. On the dental side, there is an artistic component and a mathematically based planning process called digital smile design.
Dr. James Fondriest is one of the leading cosmetic dentists in the country. In addition to running a full-time private practice that specializes in comprehensive aesthetic restorative dentistry, he is also a nationally-recognized speaker and dental educator.
Artistic smile design involves much more than just whitening someone’s teeth and putting on braces. When you decide to enhance your smile, we will invite you to share your dreams, desires, and expectations with us. To help you achieve your desired results we strive to fully develop and understand your goals. In the sections below, we will explore the general steps of the smile design planning process.
To identify your goals, a comprehensive interview is performed. We listen to your dental story. We want to know how you got to where you are. There is an old saying in medicine that “our patients are their own best doctors”. This means that you above us know what issues are most important to you. We want to know your fears and limitations.
Artistic smile design includes documenting facial asymmetries, lip drape, and movement patterns with clinical photography and videography. The facial mask is essentially a “picture frame for the smile”. This frame can be altered, just as your teeth, gums, and jaws can. By taking all elements into consideration, we can provide comprehensive results that are truly personalized.
Once the documentation process is complete, the clinical images are uploaded into our specialty software program for analysis. This
sophisticated digital smile design process requires many hundreds of supplemental training that most cosmetic dentists or prosthodontists do not have. If your dentist has this training, the photographic documentation of your lips, facial symmetry, natural mouth movements, and jaw alignment will be more thoroughly evaluated and used to create more and more creative treatment options.
There are established natural averages to facial and dental proportions. Just as an orthodontist uses ranges of normal, we use these averages as guidelines to compare them to your dental anatomy. In this way, he can ensure that your smile enhances your facial proportions and contours. Any variation gives us an opportunity to suggest possible treatment. Many cosmetically impactful options cannot be performed in our office but rather are done by other specialists. If we do not offer the treatment your require, we will refer you to a trusted specialist in the area and work alongside them throughout the process.
When all of your treatment options have been established during the artistic smile design process, we strive to present solutions to you with clear communication and transparency. By fully exploring your options, you can make a better -informed decision. Each client varies in their schedule, temperament, motivation, level of hygiene, planned financial investment, and their willingness to hold out for the ideal. With a gentle touch, we strive to help all of our patients determine a customized artistic plan that will fit their specific needs, budget, and lifestyle.
Before placing a dental implant, thorough treatment planning is essential. Doing so can help your dentist determine
exactly where the implant will be placed and which type of implant will deliver the most optimal results.
It is also important that the surgeon and restorative dentist have a close working relationship and employ the newest radiographic techniques and planning software. A dental CT scan is usually taken during the initial consultation. This special x-ray provides a 3-D radiographic representation of the jawbone and surrounding oral landmarks, such as the nerves and sinuses. The restorative dentist will work with the surgeon to decide where best to place the implants and if any bone grafting needs to be performed to improve strength, aesthetics, or long-term predictability of the final restoration.
When looking for an accomplished artistic doctor for your cosmetic dentistry, consider one who teaches on the subject and has written many articles on restorative dentistry. No matter what type of treatment you require, pre-planning through artistic smile design is essential. To schedule your personalized consultation at Lake Forest Dental Arts, contact us online or give us a call at 847-234-0517.
Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States