Predictable Smile DesignMarch 4, 2020 by AACD Executive Office
A comprehensive smile design treatment plan is incomplete without an esthetic analysis defining the end point of the treatment. To obtain consistently high-quality results, it is necessary to analyze the features that the evaluation comprises. Creating a smile that complements the persons face and personality is our goal, and therefore, we must relate the teeth to the facial structure with a facial analysis, smile analysis, and dental analysis.
An assessment of the face as a whole must be done on two planes, the frontal and sagittal. The purpose of this analysis is to evaluate the relationship of the features to each other and to the smile.
Smile and Dental Analysis
The smile analysis comprises details of the lips and the teeth and gums as one unit, while the dental analysis provides insight into the characterization and individuality of the teeth. By following a systematic approach through the accepted sequence, we are well on our way to performing a smile analysis that allows us to understand all the data better, and thus, create a successful result. To begin, start with the entire face, and then narrow the focus to the smile from there.
Smile Design Sequence:
By following a systematic approach, designing a smile becomes predictable and easy! The details are in the collection of data, and then using the data exactly where required to build a beautiful smile.
To dig deeper into smile design, read Dr. Mistry’s article, "Principles of Smile Design, Demystified," in the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, then take her AACD Virtual Campus course, “Smile Design: Predictability,” for CE credit!