DIGITAL SMILE DESIGNING (DSD) is a recent concept which integrates the use of technology to deliver better aesthetic results for the patient.

Dr Christian Coachman developed DSD.

The whole concept is based upon the analysis of multiple factors like the patient’s facial and dental proportions. A series of high-quality digital photographs and videos are taken preoperatively to determine and understand the relationship between teeth, gums, lips and overall smile with the facial features in motion and with emotion. 

DIGITAL SMILE DESIGN (DSD) has remarkable advantages:

•Better diagnosis is facilitated through an extra-and-intraoral aesthetic and structural evaluation.

•Higher clinical efficiency and predictability through digital technology.

•Increased effectiveness of case presentation and accordingly case acceptance.

•Improved communication between the team members providing a better visual perception, education and motivation for patients.

DSD involves the patient in the restorative or smile enhancement process by allowing them to share their concerns, expressing their desires and expectations with the restorative team. Also, each customised patient design can be clearly visualised and improved with the patient’s ideas.