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The Benefits and Limitations of Digital Smile Design (DSD)

Dr Lily Taheri

Dr Lily Taheri

Principal dentist at Connolly Dental Boutique and the only dentist in Perth with the Mastership certification in Digital Smile Design.

Introduction: What is DSD and what are the benefits?

In the world of dentistry, technology is constantly evolving and improving. One of the newest and most exciting advancements is digital smile design, or DSD. DSD is a process that uses computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technologies to create 3D models of a patient’s teeth. This allows the dentist and patient to see a realistic simulation of how the patient’s teeth will look after treatment.

Imagine being able to preview your ideal smile before you pay for treatment? That is why DSD has become so popular.

Connolly Dental Boutique’s Founder and Principal Dentist, Dr Lily Taheri, is the ONLY dentist in Western Australia with the Mastership Certification in Digital Smile Design.

DSD Mastership Certification - Dr Lily taheri
Dr Lily is the only dentist in Perth with the Mastership certification in Digital Smile Design

What is the Digital Smile Design certification?

The Digital Smile Design certification was created to ensure that dental professionals have the education and training necessary to provide their patients with beautiful, functional smiles. The certification requires candidates to complete comprehensive study of Digital Smile Design.

Candidates must also be proficient in the use of dental software, 3D imaging, and CAD/CAM technology. They must also be able to create comprehensive treatment plans that include both aesthetic and functional considerations. The Digital Smile Design certification is a valuable credential for dentists who want to provide their patients with the best possible care.

This is why Dr Lily Taheri has patients visit her from all of Perth and Australia to experience her smile makeover services using DSD.

What are the limitations of DSD?

DSD has quickly become a popular treatment option for patients seeking to improve their smile. However, there are some limitations to smile design that should be considered before undergoing the treatment.

One of the biggest limitations of DSD is that it is usually more expensive. The cost of creating the ideal smile for your facial structure and characteristics is a higher cost to the dentist. This means that DSD treatment usually costs more than a dental practice that doesn’t use DSD.

With that said, patients who experience DSD get to see what they look like with their new smile before treatment. This ensures there’s no nasty surprises and you get the exact result you are looking for.

Simply put, DSD is worth it. Here's why:

What are the benefits of DSD?

There are many benefits to DSD. One of the most important is that it helps ensure a beautiful, consistent smile for every patient. This is done by using software to create a 3D model of the patient’s teeth and jaw. This allows the dentist to plan and the patient to preview the final outcome of any treatment.

DSD can also help identify potential problems with a patient’s bite early on, which can help prevent more serious issues from developing down the road. Additionally, DSD can be used to create temporary dental restorations, such as crowns or veneers, that look and feel like natural teeth.

Overall, DSD offers many advantages over traditional dental techniques, making it an increasingly popular choice among patients and dentists alike.

Conclusion: The future of dental care

Smiling is one of the most important expressions we use in our everyday lives. A smile conveys happiness, warmth, and friendliness. It’s also one of the first impressions we make on others. But what if you’re not happy with your smile? What if your teeth are crooked, discolored, or misaligned? You might feel self-conscious about your smile and avoid smiling altogether.

Fortunately, digital smile design (DSD) can help you achieve the perfect smile. Using DSD your dentist can execute complex dental treatments with greater precision and accuracy.

Plus you get to co-design your smile and see what it looks like on your face before any treatment begins. It’s a win-win for everyone.

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