How many sessions does digital smile design take?

It takes an average of 2 sessions to complete the design and show it to you in the mouth.  Impressions of your teeth are taken during the first session. During the follow-up session, the digitally created design is presented to you in your mouth using an application named “Mock Up”. The treatment process begins in line with the methods that are determined after the digital smile design is completed. Although the number of sessions may vary depending on the condition of your teeth and the procedures to be performed, the desired results are usually achieved within 3 sessions.

What should I expect in the first session of digital smile design?

During the first session, photos and video footage are taken using studio equipment. Also, impressions of your upper and lower jaws are taken for the digital smile design process.

How many days does it take to complete the digital smile design?

Digital smile design is completed within 3 to 5 days. In this process, the data which is recorded in the digital environment during the first session is evaluated by the dentist, and your brand new smile is designed. When designing a smile, the facial features of the individual, namely the eyes, ear, nose, chin tip, etc. are taken into account. While determining the form of the teeth, it is essential to achieve a dynamic harmony between the form of the patient's teeth and the style of the patient in line with the concept of visagism. (Perfection of Natural Beauty).
A second session is scheduled to test the model and present it to the patient, after transforming the digital design into a model based on the impressions.

What happens in the mock-up (try-in) session?

A silicone mold (mock-up) is prepared based on the digital smile design model and placed on your teeth. With the guidance of the dentist, this design can be examined in front of the mirror or by a video record. Then the silicone mold (mock up) is removed from the mouth.

What are the cases where the mock-up (try-in) session cannot take place?

In cases where one or more teeth are situated far from the position they should originally be in, it will not be medically appropriate to have a try-in session without changing the position of that tooth or those teeth. It is because such teeth may prevent the ideal smile design from being applied with 100% accuracy. However, this possibility is taken into consideration  during the decision-making stage.

What happens when I decide to go forward with the smile design?

The dentist explains in detail what kind of procedures should be applied to the existing teeth in order to achieve the ideal smile design. Digital smile design is usually achieved through a combination of Orthodontics, Dental Implants, and Gingiva applications.  In line with the determined treatment process, the dentist schedules the next appointment and the treatment begins. All procedures to be applied and the current situation are recorded and all steps of the treatment are planned according to the digital smile design.

Can I make changes to the digital smile design?

The main purpose of the mock-up (try-in) session is to receive feedback and the approval of the patient. It is for them to express the points they do not approve and to make the desired changes. While small changes may be made in the same session (such as increasing/decreasing the length of a single tooth), scheduling a new session may be necessary for bigger changes.

When the treatment is completed, will I accurately get the designed smile?

The material used in the try-in session is insufficient in terms of both durability and appearance and is produced and only used shortly for try-in purposes. However, the teeth are produced using durable materials with special methods in laboratory conditions. 

The Author of the Article: Dt. Mert Kalak

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