Creating a Smile With the Right 'Touch'
 
Design your patients’ smiles digitally with the help of a new iPad app, Smile Guide Touch, created by AACD Member Dr. David L. Traub.
 
Traub, a general dentist who focuses on cosmetics and restoratives in his Florida practice, recently created the app, which allows dentists to go beyond printed smile design books and create smiles for their patients with a tablet.
 
Traub had been using printed smile guide books when treating his patients, but he wasn’t receiving the feedback he wanted from patients about the smiles they liked.
 
Traub, who began working on products for dentists about 20 years ago and is the author of the tutorial, “The Digital Dentist,” decided that an interactive tablet app was the way to go.
 
“With the app, patients can see the change happen right in front of them,” Traub said. Smile Guide Touch, which has 240 smile versions, allows the dentist to show changes in both the length of the lateral incisors and shapes of the six anterior teeth with the simple press of a button, he said.
 
The app improves communication among the dentist, patient, and lab. Dentists and patients can work together to decide on the correct shape of the teeth—the “prescription for a smile,” Traub said. Once the smile has been designed, dentists can then print the smile or e-mail it to the lab or patient.
 
If a patient comments that he or she doesn’t like an aspect of a smile, the dentist can use the app to make the change right away, cutting down on treatment time.
 
Just introduced last month, 35 dentists are using Smile Guide Touch, which costs $99 and is available in the Apple Store.
 
Eventually, Traub hopes to add modules to the Smile Guide Touch. One on the drawing board will enable images of designed smiles to be integrated right into patients’ faces. He also hopes periodontists and orthodontists as well as cosmetic restorative dentists will see the value of his app and will begin using it to enhance their understanding of patients' desires.