Sydney dentist Dr Paul Shouha has recently started using the latest SNAP Instant Cosmetic Dental Imaging Software to complement his treatment planning and presentation.
"I've been using SNAP for 4 months and generally speaking, it is excellent," Dr Shouha said. "It's a serious tool for any dentist focussed on cosmetic work and if you don't have tools like these, I don't believe you will be taken seriously.
"In the type of work I do, there is no way I could feel I had all the tools I required without some form of software to help educate patients. There are similar products to SNAP on the market, but I found it to be the most user friendly.
"I use SNAP to simulate the results of laser crown lengthening, bleaching, veneers and large restorative cases; essentially in any case where I need to give the patient options. I don't use SNAP on every single patient, that's not the sytle of practice I have, but if people see aesthetics as an issue, then this is a way to show them very accurately how they will look after treatment.
Dr Shouha said that to use SNAP, he takes a smile shot of a patient with a digital camera fitted with a macro lens, then downloads it into the Windows Photo File. From there it is imported into SNAP. Once the photo is loaded into SNAP, he said it takes him 3 to 4 minutes to get a "pretty decent result".
"SNAP is a good adjunct to diagnosis to and treatment planning and has been a good investment. There is a learning curve to mastering its use, but once you get there, it's excellent.
"Patients also love it," he said. "and for patients that need it, it helps them make a decision on whether or not to proceed with treatment. From that perspective, it's been a great tool and often results in a decision to proceed."
SNAP allows dentists to select from various options to indicate the treatment to be simulated and then the restorations are chosen from a comprehensive library included in the software. The library contains an array of smiles with teeth of different shapes and sizes that can be used in unison to simulate, for example, a complete set of veneers or individually to simulate, say, a crown. SNAP will also simulate bridges, implants, whitening, perio, fillings and much more.