My favorite photograph

Sept. 18, 2012
Photographs are important in a variety of ways in the dental setting, from diagnosis to treatment planning to communication with team members to optimal esthetic and functional success. Dr. Bob Winter shares the steps he uses to achieve optimal photographic results.
As a clinician, I look for a consistent and predictable means to help me properly diagnose and treatment plan patients. As a technician, I look for a consistent and predictable process that allows me to achieve the desired outcome when fabricating restorations. Both of these objectives can be accomplished through the use of photographs. They are an essential means of communication within the dental team, and for conveying information to patients. In order to have optimal esthetic and functional success, a critical goal of treatment is to level the incisal and occlusal planes of both arches. It is crucial that the doctor is able to clearly communicate the patient’s incisal and occlusal planes relative to horizon to the laboratory technician, and photography is a key element to accomplishing this goal.Following these 12 steps will help you to achieve the optimal photographic result.Reprinted with permission from Spear Education.