How Digital Smile Design Leads to Happier Patients and Brighter Smiles


When it comes to oral health and cosmetic treatments, there are a lot of options. It can be hard to know which direction to go. How do you know that you’ll actually get your desired result after moving forward with treatment? 

Enter Digital Smile Design — the best way to discover and visualize the treatments that are right for you and your smile. 

What is Digital Smile Design?

Digital Smile Design (DSD) is a tool that allows you and your dentist to make the right choices about which cosmetic dental treatments will help you reach your perfect smile.

By using special 3-dimensional photos, videos, and scanners, we’re able to get a pitch-perfect representation of your teeth, gums, and jaw. From there, DSD allows us to make digital adjustments to zero in-on the perfect treatment options. For every adjustment, you’ll be able to see a 3-D image of how these different treatments will improve your actual smile. It really is incredible!

Digital Smile Design takes out all guesswork. You’ll only move forward with treatments once you see what the results will look like and you are 100% confident it’s the right choice for you.

What are the benefits of Digital Smile Design?


Better results 

The most important benefit of Digital Smile Design is that it will lead to a better smile for you. 

DSD lets you see the results of a treatment before moving forward. Since you’ll know exactly what you’ll look like, you can choose the treatments you know you’ll be happy with, leading to better results.

DSD also gives your dentist a clearer picture of your smile and all the possibilities of what can be altered. This will help Dr. Pickens recommend cosmetic treatments that will look best with your face and smile.

Finely tuned treatment plans

One of the biggest advantages of Digital Smile Design is it allows you to see your face with multiple treatment options rendered at once. 

We work with many patients who are interested in multiple treatments to find that perfect, balanced smile. With DSD, you’ll be able to work with your dentist to see what different blends of treatments will look like.

There’s no pressure to have all of your needed cosmetic dental work done at once. Be it for financial reasons or you’d just like to take the smile makeover process slow, we can develop a treatment plan that you can progress with at whatever pace you feel most comfortable with.

Discover unexpected treatments


When it comes to the look of your smile, the least risky option is often the best. For this reason, if you don’t know about a treatment it can sometimes be hard to commit.

Since you can see results immediately with Digital Smile Design, no treatment has to be off the table. Even if you’ve never heard of a treatment before or are unsure what it could look like on your face, you’ll be able to see the results prior to committing. 

This unshackles you from the fear of what could happen, and allows you to relish in the possibilities of what different treatments will look like on you. 

No risks or surprises

When moving forward with any cosmetic treatment, the biggest fear of many is that they’ll end up hating the results of a treatment.

DSD takes the guesswork out of the process and ensures you never have this fear. Since you’ll see what your smile will look like after your treatment before you ever begin treatment, you’ll never be surprised by the results. No buyers remorse here at Picken’s Family Dentistry!

Digital Smile Design process


Providing you with knowledge and guidance throughout your oral health journey is always a priority for us. With DSD, we’re able to do this in a way few dentists have been able to before. We really think that this innovative treatment can help any patient who wishes to improve the look of their smile.

Here’s how the Digital Smile Design process works:

  1. We’ll take a series of digital photographs, computerized scans, and videos of your smile, bite, and mouth and enter them into the DSD software. This will allow us to understand the relationship between your teeth, gums, lips, and smile.

  2. You and Dr. Pickens will discuss your oral health history, goals for your smile, and any treatments that you’ve been considering. 

  3. The DSD program will allow us to analyze your facial and dental proportions to consider different cosmetic treatments for your distinct smile. 

  4. Dr. Pickens will be able to adjust the image of your face and smile in real time to mimic how your smile will look with different treatment options. Many patients bring in a picture of their younger selves to mimic their youthful smile! 

  5. A 3-D mock-up is produced through the DSD program to give you a real-time view of what your results will look like.

  6. Using the information gathered from the DSD program (and your feedback throughout the process) you’ll work with Dr. Pickens to determine a treatment plan that will work for you. 

Treatments that are used as part of digital smile design 

With DSD, we can show you how any dental treatment will improve and brighten your smile. This includes treatments such as…

• Invisalign

• Porcelain veneers

• Composite fillings

• Teeth whitening

• Porcelain crowns

• Onlays

• Gum contouring

• Dental implants

• Implant supported dentures

• BioClear Matrix tooth restoration

Schedule an appointment with Pickens Family Dental to catch a glimpse of your future smile


Dr. Pickens and the rest of the Pickens Family Dentistry’s team is here to help you achieve your smile goals. Learn more about how Digital Smile Design works or contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pickens.

Amy Pickens