Dentofacial Display Analysis
The Dentofacial Display Analysis is an extra-oral evaluation to assess the tooth and soft tissue relationship in the oral region according to the Golden Proportions. With these measurements, you can predictably plan smile design cases and communicate anticipated outcomes with your patients and dental labs. Not only does this help you sell more, but is a great way to keep records on your patient’s progression! Ordering the Dentofacial Display Analysis pairs nicely with the Digital Treatment Simulation Image to give you both the measurements for record keeping purposes but also serves as a marketing tool to showcase your digital skills and adds the “wow” factor.
How to take photos for the Dentofacial Display Analysis
What you will need:
A smartphone or a camera
A pair of Kois facial reference glasses
A cotton roll
And a cheek retractor
First, find a white background or wall (even a white backdrop will do)
Sit your patient down in front of the background
Place the facial reference glasses on the patient
Ensure that the glasses are level from left to right. If the air bubble in the level indicator is centered, the glasses are balanced
Grab the retractor and help your patient insert it into their mouth
Place the cotton roll inside the back of the patients mouth so they can lightly bite down
Make sure there is enough lighting. Lots of light or even natural light from a window works great
Taking photos (examples below):
Line up your camera about 5 feet away and take a couple of photos for each pose (Retracted, Repose and Duchenne). Zoom in to the face just enough to see the patient’s mouth but leave some space around the face so that the chin, forehead and glasses are not cut off.
For Repose, we like to say “Emma” and hold the mouth position at “ma”. The lips should be in a relaxed position.
For Duchenne (exaggerated smile), we try to make the patient laugh so they give us a nice big smile. Bonus points if they smile with their eyes!
A quick tip for taking photos is to enable a 3x3 grid. This can be done with any camera or smartphone. Aligning the top horizontal line with the eyes and glasses provides a perfect reference when taking photos
That’s it! Taking photos is as easy as brushing your teeth
Insert the retractor and place the cotton roll inside the back of the patients mouth so they can lightly bite down
Have the patient say “Emma” and hold the mouth position at “ma”. The lips should be in a relaxed position
Duchenne (exaggerated smile)
Make the patient laugh or get them to make their biggest smile. Bonus points if they smile with their eyes!
What photos you’ll need when uploading to the Hub
How to take GOOD quality photos
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