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Digital Smile design

Modern techniques produce beautiful predictable results that you help to design.

“I truly believe my job is to help people smile”.Dr David Treherne

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Ever been curious about what your perfect smile would look like?

Thinking about rejuvenating your smile, and want to make sure it meets your expectations?

Smile design is no longer left to chance. At Melbourne Dentist a range of digital technologies are combined with sound design principles to create stunning outcomes.

Smile Makeovers

Watch how we blend art and science to design ideal smiles.
This process can be used to address a wide range of aesthetic issues.

Free Cosmetic e Consult
Have you been thinking about investing in cosmetic dental treatment?
Submit your request for a complimentary e-consultation here.
Describe your issues, upload one or more photos and we will outline some treatment options that will help you achieve the smile you’re after.

Two short visits with Melbourne Dentist will:

  • Determine exactly what it is you want from your smile
  • Supply you with a digital simulation of the smile you’ve always wanted.

Once you’re happy with the treatment proposed Melbourne Dentist will:

  • Make an accurate “mock-up” of your new smile using fast setting tooth coloured plastic.
  • Critically reassess your proposed smile with videography. There’s no better way to see your new smile in place, and even take a temporary version home for your friends and family to see.

What is Digital Smile Design?

Digital Smile Design is the modern take on the art of smile transformation. It enables you to visualise and effectively ‘test-drive’ an individually tailored cosmetic dental mock-up, before finalising the completed result.

DSD uses the following tools:

Smile Test

  • A smile transformation must take into account your wishes. A successful outcome will never be achieved if your own perception of what looks good is not incorporated into the design.
  • The question many people ask themselves is “Can I really communicate how I want to change my smile?” The trick is to integrate your wishes with what we know makes a smile aesthetically pleasing.
  • With an experienced and professionally trained eye, we will see more dental possibilities than you do. Therefore it is our responsibility to inform and educate you so that you can really express your own personal choices.
  • You need to be able to trust that we are hearing what you re saying. The process to give you this peace of mind begins with an extremely thorough interview and includes the completion of the Smile Test Questionnaire.
  • Fortunately we do have a way to visually show you different smile arrangements, and this can be found in the program Smile Guide Touch Pro.

Smile Guide Touch Pro

  • This iPad based program is an easy-to-use animated smile guide.
  • With the help of this interactive visual tool you can choose the new size, shape, and colour of your teeth.

Smile Designer Pro

  • Blending art and science, high-resolution digital images are used to map your ideal smile based on facial landmarks and your chosen teeth shape, shade and form.
  • We can then communicate exactly what we are considering to you and adjust the smile based on feedback from you. This digital preview lets you actually see your new smile.
  • Importantly, communication with our laboratory is greatly enhanced. The images are calibrated and adjustments proposed are  given to our master technicians in the most minute detail. This is critical to the process of providing the best possible smile.

Digital photography and Video

  • Many people who don’t like their smile teach themselves to smile in a ‘guarded’ manner.
  • Lip movements in natural speech and smiling can be quite different than those of a posed smile.
  • Our job is to put you at ease and take a short video clip. From this we can assess how your smile relates to your face during normal speech, smiling and laughter.
  • It’s the still images ‘captured’ from this video at just the right moments that we study in depth.

Diagnostic Wax-up and Smile ‘Test-drive’

  • The digital calibration of images in Smile Designer Pro allow provides known dimensions for all proposed changes.
  • These measurements guide the placement of tooth coloured wax onto a model taken of your mouth.
  • A very quick and simple process allows us to transfer this design on the model directly onto your teeth.
  • The ability to ‘test drive’ the change to your appearance may be critical to your ultimate happiness.
  • In certain circumstances you may be able to go home with this mock-up in place to show family and friends.

What is the process of Digital Smile Design?

With DSD it becomes easy to design smiles unique to you, matching you both aesthetically and personally. It allows you to be involved in your own smile design before you have started treatment. This way, there are no surprises with the end result….your new smile!

Your new smile will be completed over a series of appointments. The steps involved are as follows:

Gathering records

    • Conventional evaluation.

Teeth and gum health, bite and jaw joint function as well as oral cancer screening are amongst the things we check.

    • Aesthetic evaluation.

Our aesthetic analysis focuses on the your subjective aesthetic requests.

You are guided by a digital smile guide and smile test questionnaire.

    • Impressions of your teeth are taken.

Plaster study models are fabricated from these impressions.

    • Video capture

Captured moments from video recordings allow us to assess how your smile relates to your face during normal speech, smiling and laughter.

Smile design process

  • All records are compiled and used to formulate a digital blueprint with Smile Designer Pro.
  • Your ideal smile is based on facial landmarks and your chosen teeth shape, shade and form.

Smile design preview and feedback

  • The digital smile blueprint is presented to you using computer-generated images of your new teeth.
  • Adjustments to the design are made if necessary based on feedback from you.
  • The treatment plan details, including appointment numbers, timing and costs, are fully discussed with you.

Smile ‘Test drive’

  • The digital blueprint guides the laboratory technician in the placement of tooth coloured wax onto a model taken of your mouth.
  • Fast setting tooth coloured plastic is placed on your teeth using this wax-up and allow you ‘test drive’ your smile.

Creating your smile

  • The teeth are prepared according to the digital blueprint.
  • The wax-up is used to transfer resin to the teeth before preparation. The test drive resin is now used to direct precisely where and how much preparation is required.
  • Accurate impressions are taken of the prepared teeth which are sent to the laboratory.
  • Temporary veneers are placed onto your teeth that will look exactly like the digital design.
  • Our master ceramicist uses the information from the digital smile design and the wax-up to produce perfectly proportioned ceramic restorations.
  • Finally, the bonding procedure is undertaken. The ceramics are bonded to the teeth with incredible strength and beauty the result.
What can Digital Smile Design Correct?

Common concerns for people considering undergoing a smile re-design include discoloration, crooked, worn and gappy teeth. Gummy smiles can also be addressed.

The appearance of teeth that are stained due to smoking, food dyes, aging, and other factors can be dramatically improved with teeth whitening or porcelain crowns and veneers.


Two of the most popular options to correct misaligned teeth are:

Orthodontic braces

Porcelain veneers and crowns.

Worn teeth
Teeth wear is a common reason to seek smile re-design and digital smile design is indispensible in planning to remedy this complex condition.


As there are a number of reasons why spaces can develop, there are many treatments that digital smile design may utilise to address this issue.


Gummy Smiles
Assessment of captured video is the perfect way to assess the relationship of the moving lip to the amount of gum shown at various points of a smile.


What procedures are involved in Digital Smile Design?

Digital Smile Design plans commonly include a combination procedures that may include:

What type of smile are you after?

There are two types of smiles people generally request:

  • The “Perfect” Smile (the Hollywood Smile)
  • The “Natural” Smile

The “Perfect” Smile
The smile portrayed in the film, TV and advertising industries has a very strong influence on contemporary dental treatment.

It is characterised by perfect white teeth, often falling beyond the range of traditional tooth shade guides (‘Hollywood White’)

People looking for the “perfect” smile will typically expect:

  • Perfect symmetry around the midline.If you draw a vertical line down the middle of your face, that line would be directly between the front teeth..Perfect symmetry around the midline provides a smile that looks “balanced” from one side to the other.
  • A smile line exactly matching the curvature of the lower lip.
  • Maximum teeth regularity and alignment.Each tooth is aligned perfectly and is a mirror image of the corresponding tooth on the other side
  • Maximum teeth brightness.

The “Natural” Smile
By adding artistic “natural” touches and subtle irregularities we can make your teeth look just different enough to create real character.

People looking for the “natural” smile will typically expect:

  • A general sense of alignment and regularity.The two front teeth must always be a mirror of each other.Individual characterisations or ‘asymmetries’ are subtly added to the teeth either side of the two front teeth.
  • A general uniformity of colour and a definite brightness, but not overtly noticeable.

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