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Using AR to Visualize Dental Procedures Using AR to Visualize Dental Procedures

Using AR to Visualize Dental Procedures

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Options available for dental patients with needed restorative or serious cosmetic work abound. But one difficulty inherent in the process is trying to envision what those new choppers will actually look like once they're manufactured and installed into your (likely) re-excavated mouth. Worse, some patients catch a glimpse of the prep work being done, which sometimes can make a challenged smile look worse before it looks better.

And molds and casts can only do so much. After all, what people want to see is how the new dental work will look in their mouth, not on a disembodied model.

Now, though, a Swiss startup called Kapanu has chosen to use augmented reality (AR) to show patients the "after" look before the prep work begins.

Here's how it works: The system matches a 3D scan of the patient's mouth with sets of teeth from other people where the procedures are known to have had success. As soon as the software homes in on the patent’s mouth and teeth, it then places a layer of the improved teeth onto the image.

The process doesn't stop there. The system features options -- such as different tooth shapes and spacing schemes as well as the distance among the teeth -- that the patient can subsequently fine-tune. All of those changes can be seen by the patient in real-time.

According to a report from TechCrunch, "Once the patient has customized their teeth and given them a preview in the AR 'virtual mirror,' the final model is sent off for manufacture wherever it is replacement teeth are made."

The system was reportedly a hit when demonstrated last winter at the International Dental Show in Cologne.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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