Of all the dental disciplines, Cosmetic Dentistry is the newest — and arguably one of the most exciting. It's also one of dentistry's most unique specialties, a field of study that mixes art and science and to a great extent, relies on direct patient feedback. After all, it is the patient's mouth and it is their smile they're aiming to enhance.
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the esthetic improvement of a patient's smile. While often not a medical necessity, cosmetic dentistry carries a high emotional (and by extension, psychological) premium. As more Americans visit the dentist for their annual and semi-annual checkups and home care has improved, more patients are able to fine-tune their smiles. Whether it's brighter teeth, reshaped gums, closed gaps, or more traditional crowns, bridges, dentures and bonding, cosmetic dentistry continues to prove its worth.
Until recently, the bulk of these procedures began with taking traditional X-rays and physical impressions. While these foundational techniques have helped cosmetic dentistry grow into a $4 billion industry, growing at around 1% annually, there remains an untapped market of patient who have considered cosmetic dentistry but resist. They resist due to concerns ranging from X-ray radiation doses and the need for multiple appointments, to simple displeasure over having to bite down on the dental putty used to take impressions.
Digital Cosmetic Dentistry is changing all that. By utilizing the latest treatment planning software and 3D camera technology, X-rays are fast becoming a technique of the past.
Thanks to these advances digital cosmetic dentistry is achieving numerous goals:
- Reduces patient pain and discomfort
- Reduces patient chairside time
- Increases the number of patients seen per day and per annum
- Increases revenues
- Increases orthodontic treatment success rates
- Decreases overhead costs
- Decreases complications
With 3D digital imaging, the guesswork is taken out of properly placing, fitting and preparing for cosmetic treatment.
Digital Dentistry Seminars' one-day course focuses on detailed instruction in how to use the latest digital equipment safely and how to maximize best results. Designed for clinicians and staff, the comprehensive course is designed to give your staff the tools they need and confidence they require to greatly enhance their cosmetic dental treatment.
Program Lecture Topics:
- Understand the use of computer-aided diagnosis and treatment planning with the _________ software.
- Learn how to perform computer-guided treatment planning and the process and the protocol of various cosmetic procedures.
Whether your patient is looking to for a cosmetic smile assessment, bonding, bridges, crowns, dentures, gum reconstruction, tooth whitening or tooth colored restoration, digital cosmetic dentistry might be right for them!