If you’ve ever had a dental procedure that’s going to change the look of your teeth, there was an element of mystery involved that may not have been pleasant. Whether you’re having your teeth straightened, whitened, or even having a more extreme cosmetic or reconstructive procedure, there’s only so much your dentist can do to indicate what the final product will look like. In many cases, you simply have to trust that the outcome will match what you’re hoping for.
But a Swiss startup company is doing their best to change that with the help of augmented reality technology.
How Dental Augmented Reality Works
The company debuted their concept at the International Dental Show in Cologne to strong interest. Here’s how it works: First, the dentist takes a 3D scan of the patient’s mouth cavity. This is already a practice that some dentists are using in their offices. Then, the software matches the 3D scan of the patient with a 3D scan of healthy, attractive teeth, and overlays the latter onto the former.
This model is then displayed on a tablet using a user-facing camera, so that patients can move their head and the tablet to view their new teeth from all angles, like an augmented selfie. Not only that, but the user can even tweak various options — again, in real time — to see how they would look. Want more or less space between the teeth? Different tooth shapes? It’s as easy as the click of a button.
Once the augmented set of teeth have been virtually customized, the dentist can send the final 3D model to a specialist to create the exact reconstructive materials necessary to bring those digital teeth to life.
This is Technology For the Future
Unfortunately, this kind of technology is still highly experimental. If you’re looking for reconstructive or cosmetic dentistry now, you’ll use different visualization tools to get an idea of what your treatment will look like. It’s important to remember that whether it’s a static picture or augmented reality, it’s still just visualization and you’ll have to trust your dentist to achieve that vision. That’s why it’s so important that you choose a dentist who is experienced in cosmetic dentistry and reconstructions.
Dr. Michael L. Weinstock is an experienced, skilled cosmetic dentist who you can trust to provide you with the beautiful smile of your dreams.
If you want a whiter smile, we can send you home with custom trays designed to get you your best results. These are much more effective than over-the-counter whitening solutions, and are convenient and easy to use at home.
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You might not be able to see it with augmented reality technology, but you could have a perfect smile in just a few appointments. Call (407) 834-6446 or contact us online to make an appointment with an experienced cosmetic dentist right here in Orlando.