My goal was to become a facially-driven smile designer and not just a ceramist. I wanted to move from making a few single anterior restorations to more complex interdisciplinary cases and deliver solutions to my dentists that would require minimal intraoral adjustment.
Irrespective of whether analogue or digital protocols are employed, the key is the 2D-3D connection.
Working with artificial gingiva anterior bridges was one of the best exercises for me to become a facially driven smile designer.
When trying to teach people smile design and dental morphology, I realized that people had different levels of visual perception.
This concept was immediately incorporated into our digital workflow to further customize the smiles of our patients by integrating tooth morphology selection and arrangement with character traits they identified with.
They realized that the simplicity and efficiency of this idea would allow more dentists to communicate their projects and technicians could easily link the 2D to 3D in the software. The principle of calibration that we developed with NemoDSD is now used by many. This is usually not mentioned by companies, but we are proud and feel vindicated by our perseverance.
We design before we go into interdisciplinary treatment plan or make any functional, biological and structural decisions.
The challenge now was to create a complete digital workflow out of it, simplifying the technique and improving predictability.