Historically, when we wanted to show patients the possibilities of an enhanced smile, we used tools like photography, wax-ups, digital smile design, and emotional try-ins with video. There are positives and negatives to each of these options, but what if patients could look at a tablet and see, within a few seconds, a dynamic smile proposal in their own mouth?
This would not be a static before and after image, but one that moves with the patient. Have you ever used Snapchat’s augmented reality app? Rather than putting bunny ears on your head, imagine a new smile getting overlaid in a patient’s mouth. This technology has arrived in dentistry.
IvoSmile, an augmented reality application that allows patients to quickly see the possibilities, is now available in the United States. All you need to do is capture a quick video of patients smiling while turning their head from left to right. Once this is done, the software identifies where the dentition should be and then makes a nearly immediate proposal for both dentate and edentulous patients. This proposal can be modified in terms of overall tooth shape, width, length, angulation, and color in a matter of minutes—all in your office. Unlike with other simulation software, there is no need to take intraoral scans or cumbersome photos.
The app isn’t intended to give patients an absolute. Rather, it is meant to show patients the possibilities and gauge their interest in enhancing their smile. If they opt to pursue treatment, the proposal created by IvoSmile can be sent to your laboratory as a baseline for a future diagnostic wax-up.
Simply put, IvoSmile breaks down communication barriers and allows patients to truly see the benefits of a confident smile.
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