Digital Smile Design allows dentists to use the latest advancements in technology to achieve excellence, improve accuracy, and boost communication. Patients also become active participants in their dental treatment plans, becoming co-designers of their new smiles while being able to communicate their needs and wants more effectively with their dental care providers.
To achieve great results, the Digital Smile Design (DSD) platform relies on the latest technologies. Some of the other technologies used for dental improvements include Sinclair, iTero, and VELscope. Comparing the different technologies and providers can help patients determine which option will help them achieve their ideal results during the course of their treatment plan.
Sinclair is a leading provider of dental supplies and equipment, based out of North Vancouver, British Columbia. One of its technologies is three-dimensional cone beam computer tomography (CT), which is making strides on a global scale in the dental world. This type of tomography adds a third dimension to the views taken from a patient, which provides for more accurate diagnosis of dental problems and enables providers to come up with treatment strategies guided by the scan images.
With 3D cone beam CT, it’s easier to place implants accurately and successfully, get an idea of what to expect before performing oral surgery, and evaluate the dimensions and movement within the mouth of a patient. From one scan, a provider will receive unlimited views, including coronal, axial, panoramic, sagittal, cephalometric, cross-sections, and soft tissue. The dose of radiation is also lower than what is issued in a traditional CT scan, making it an excellent option for those who are sensitive to exposure.
Another technological advancement from Sinclair is an intraoral scanner. The use of these scanners is growing very quickly, ensuring efficient integration and coordination between the dental lab and the office. The process of using an intraoral scanner is simple and comfortable for patients. It also reduces the risk of errors made by the clinician who is operating the machine. Options in digital scanning from Sinclair include Straumann (CARES IO), 3Shape (TRIOS), and 3M (True Definition).
Impression and model scanners can meet the various needs of labs and dental clinics. These units use reliable and proven laser triangulation scanning technology. The scanners also have three to five axes of movement and high-speed cameras to deliver improved resolution…