Artistic Smile Design | Digital Planning for Cosmetic Dentistry

The planning process for cosmetic dental procedures is called artistic smile design. It is a mutual sharing of treatment options based on stated patient desires and expectations.

Dentistry with a genuine artistic replication of nature

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, patients want different things based on their unique preferences. Most people want 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. It is 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. He runs a full-time private practice that specializes in comprehensive aesthetic restorative dentistry. He is also a nationally-recognized speaker and dental educator.

What Is Involved in an Artistic Smile Design?

Artistic smile design involves much more than just whitening someone’s teeth or putting on braces. When you decide to improve your smile, we will invite you to share your dreams, desires, and expectations with us. To help you get 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.

After: We provided a mixture of crowns bridges and porcelain veneers for her. She took an active role in exactly how they were going to look.

Before: This Highland Park patient hated the black lines at the gumline on her crowns and the unnatural look of the existing crownwork. Her floss would shred on her poorly fitting dentistry.

Initial Consultation- The Interview

To identify your goals, a comprehensive interview is performed. We listen to your dental history. We want to know if there were any bad experiences that you want to avoid. 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.

The Clinical Information Gathering Process

Artistic smile design includes documenting facial asymmetries, lip drape, and movement patterns with clinical photography, video, and portraiture. 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 beautiful results that are truly personalized.

Treatment Planning | Digital Smile design

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 hours of supplemental training. Most cosmetic dentists or prosthodontists do not have this cosmetic training.

If your dentist has this training, the photos of your lips, facial symmetry, and natural mouth movements, will be more thoroughly evaluated. The photos are assessed digitally and compared with anatomical averages. The variations will be used to create more and more creative treatment options.

The mathematically based planning process of digital smile design

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, Dr. Fondriest can ensure that your smile enhances your facial proportions and contours. Any variation gives us an opportunity to suggest possible treatment.

Many cosmetic 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. We will work with them throughout the process.

Discussion of Possible Solutions

First, all of your treatment options are collected during the artistic smile design process. Then we strive to present solutions to you as clearly as possible. By fully explaing your options, you can make a better informed decision.

Each client varies in their schedule, temperament, motivation, level of hygiene, and planned financial investment. More importantly, doctors try to match a plan with your willingness to hold out for the ideal. With a gentle touch, we strive to help all of our patients choose a customized artistic plan that will fit their needs, budget, and lifestyle.

Treatment Planning for Dental Implants

Before placing a dental implant, thorough planning is essential. Doing so can help your dentist choose the type of implant and where it will be placed.

It is important that the surgeon and restorative dentist have a close working relationship. Hopefully they both employ the newest x-ray techniques and planning software. A dental CT scan is usually taken during the initial visit. This special x-ray provides a 3-D view of the jawbone and surrounding oral landmarks.

When planning for implants, it is important to know where the nerves and sinuses are. The dentist will work with the surgeon to decide where to place the implants. If any bone grafting needs to be performed, that will be planned also. Grafting is used to improve strength and aesthetics of the final restoration.

Contact Our Practice to Learn More about Artistic Smile Design

When looking for an accomplished artistic doctor for your dental cosmetic treatments, 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 with artistic smile design is essential to achieve a beautiful smile. To schedule a visit, contact us 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