The Intraoral Mock-up: Your Obvious Secret Weapon

It’s accessible, it’s cost-efficient, and you can do it in-office.

Focus on aesthetics and function

A Smile Simulation is a great way to bring awareness to your patient as to what’s possible in regards to making changes to their smile. It opens the door to a wide array of questions that allow you to assess your patients’ needs and wants.

An intraoral mock-up, on the other hand, is an effective method of showing the patient what esthetic changes may come from a smile makeover. It’s an efficient communication tool not just for you and the patient but even for technicians on the receiving end of an order.

A mock-up enables all those involved in the case to control the function of the end result without even beginning the procedure and using it as a blueprint or prototype of the final restorations.

Bottom Line:

Patients want predictable outcomes

The intraoral mock-up, the “Smile Test” produced from composite, is a technique all too rarely performed by dentists, but which can alleviate the back and forthness between patient, dentist, and technicians and prove to be exceptionally practical in a wide variety of situations in routine clinical practice. Imagine spending countless hours in the development of a complex treatment plan only for it to be rejected by the patient because it did not meet the patient’s expectations. We can help change that.

Different types of 3D digital mock-ups

Below we want to highlight some cases in which a 3D digital mock-up was created to aid in the different stages of the dental treatment plans. These were then placed onto the respective patient’s mouth to perform a “Smile Test.” Using SmileFy’s 3D Smile Design, you can create these in-office and regain control of your patients desired esthetic outcomes.

1. MOTIVATIONAL MOCK-UP

IN-OFFICE PRE-ORTHO 3D DESIGN

Motivational mock-ups are a great way to show your patient what their final outcome could look like before initiating the treatment plan. It helps the dentist and patient evaluate proposed changes of tooth contour and shape.

This case shows a patient with misaligned teeth and misshapen incisal edges.
The facially-guided mock up simulates a wider upper arch with balanced incisal edge shapes and contour.

  • The 3D design goes over the patient’s existing teeth
  • Patient’s feedback is instant
  • Esthetic evaluations can be performed after mockup placement
3D Printed Mock-up
Patient’s “After” picture with intraoral mock-up

2. MOCK-UP FOR COMPOSITE RESTORATION

IN-OFFICE INJECTABLE COMPOSITE 3D DESIGN GUIDE
Design and perform anterior composite restoration guides.
This case shows 10 upper composite veneers restorations using a flowable composite technique.
  • We used natural teeth templates from SmileFy’s 3D teeth library
  • Designed a facially-guided 3D mock-up guide
  • Print the models
3D Printed Mock-up
Patient’s “After” picture with intraoral mock-up

Case by Dr. Diogo Alves

3. MOCK-UP FOR ADDITIVE CASE

IN-OFFICE MOCK UP FOR CLINICAL AND ESTHETIC EVALUATION
Create in-office dental mock ups as a starting point for your procedures.
This case shows a patient with a gap and teeth shapes that are disproportionate to her face. After the in-office mock up, the patient and doctor can instantly check on any improvements that can be made before the final restorations.
  • Expect results with higher accuracy
  • Gain control of the treatment outcome
  • Deliver on patient expectations
3D Printed Mock-up
Patient’s “After” picture with intraoral mock-up

4. PORCELAIN VENEERS GUIDE MOCK-UP

IN-OFFICE PRE-OP MOCK-UP FOR PORCELAIN VENEERS
Be in control of your treatment plans and create in-office facially-guided dental mock ups to initiate cases such as porcelain veneers.
This case shows a patient with a flat smile curvature, dark shaped teeth and gaps between the centrals. The facially-guided mock up shows the increased crown lengthening and balanced incisal edges. After functional adjustments of the mock up in the patient’s mouth, it was also used as a preparation guide for minimally invasive final restorations.
  • Deliver final restorations that your patient is looking for
  • Create mock up guides for minimally invasive tooth preparation
3D Printed Mock-up
Patient’s “After” picture with intraoral mock-up

Case by Dr. Diogo Alves

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