Dentists who are experienced with
cosmetic treatment know that the subtleties of smile design can
make the difference between the success and failure of a case. The
dentist must observe and specify a host of factors including midline,
cant, incisal edge position and shape, golden proportion, and color.
It has been said that the shape of teeth can be defined by the patient's
facial shape and gender. However clinical observation disproves
this and strongly suggest that teeth are defined by their independent
genetic code. If this is correct, then how do we decide what shape
to make a patient's new smile? The answer is to leave the decision
up to the patient, give them what they want. Leave the choice of
shape up to personal preference. This is why we created the Lorin
Lorin Library is 3 products that can be purchased separately.
First is the Smile Style Guide. This spiral bound
full color 88 page book presents a 3
step process for the selection and communication of an unambiguous
smile design. This book is appropriate for your reception room,
treatment rooms, and all rooms where you may be discussing smile
design with your patient.
Step one is selecting the shape of the cuspid. This is done
by viewing a page of smiles shown from the lateral view. Flat, round
and and pointed cuspids are demonstrated.
two is the selection of the shape of the four incisors as they
appear with the chosen cuspid shape. You can view each shape combination
as it appears from the front, side, and portrait views.
the variations are subtle changes in the incisal third (or incisal
embrasures) of each tooth, the book also gives you the option of
comparing all the options on a single page.
The esthetic perception of relative tooth length is also a matter
of personal taste. Step three allows you to define the relative
length of the incisors as they relate to the cuspids. Four relative
incisor lengths are shown to allow your patient to chose a preference
with your guidance.
The second product of the Lorin Library is our Interactive Smile
Style Guide (iSSG). (Product Discontinued,
replaced with Smile
Of course a book and CD can only present the smile designs on a
small number of faces. Because most likely your patient will not
look like any of our models we have chosen to show all the designs
on a single face. This serves to eliminate the factor of different
facial features effecting the esthetic perception of each design.
For showing the chosen smile on your patient's facial type, use
cosmetic imaging and the images of the Lorin Library.
three of the Lorin Library is a CD containing digital versions of
each of the 18 smile designs. With the use of cosmetic imaging it
does not matter that your patient's features do not match those
in the guide. Your patient can be male, female, old, young, black,
Asian, Indian, or any combination and you will be able to show them
their chosen smile on a face with their exact facial features, their
The Digital Smile Designs CD consists of retracted
views of the 4 versions each of the 18 smile designs (72 total images)
ready for incorporation into your cosmetic imaging program. Unlike
any other smile library, the "versions" of each smile
design compensate for the various ways patients smile and for the
angle the portrait photo was taken. For most of the popular imaging
programs you can import the entire smile for each design. Or
you can create your own "extraction" library from these images as
your program allows. If you use Digital Dentist Cosmetic Imaging
system, the smiles are available in both full smile versions, upper
arch only, and as individual tooth objects (mini-images that can
be dragged and placed one at a time into a patient's
photo for simulation of veneers or crowns). The images of the Digital
Smile Designs CD have been tested for use in the following programs;
AlterImage, Patient Gallery, Eaglesoft, ImageFX, Dicom, Vipersoft,
The Lorin Library encourages the doctor and patient to select
the desired smile design from the Smile Style Guide. If you
do not have imaging capability show your patient all the designs
with the iSSG, request that your lab purchase a Lorin Library Smile
Style Guide to enhance their service to you. If you have cosmetic
imaging capability, the imager will use the corresponding digital
design to simulate the proposed dental treatment.
Don't forget, the Lorin Library Smile Style Guide and the iSSG
are great stand alone products if you do not have cosmetic imaging
capabilities. If you do have imaging capability, the Digital
Smile Designs CD works with almost any cosmetic imaging software
3 steps samples
*Smile Guide Touch is not a Lorin Library product