Dolphin® 3-D Software Helps You Imagine Your Future Smile
Modern advances in technology have drastically improved the field of orthodontics. Because Dr. L. Douglas Knight embraces a philosophy of comprehensive care, he utilizes several types of innovative diagnostic equipment in his Louisville, KY and Radcliff, KY office locations. Up-to-date dental technology helps our team at Knight Orthodontics provide you with more accurate, efficient, and predictable treatment.
What is Dolphin® 3-D Imaging?
Dolphin® is a software program that provides practice management and imaging solutions for dental offices. The 3-D imaging aspect of Dolphin® is quite remarkable, as it can perform a variety of tasks to help treatment plan, organize records, and digitally demonstrate your customized orthodontic goals.
Dolphin® Imaging is particularly helpful in an orthodontic setting. The 3-D cone beam files of your oral and maxillofacial structures (acquired from the i-CAT®) can be imported into Dolphin®, allowing the clinical team to manipulate the images. Not only does this allow Dr. Knight to treatment plan and predict outcomes, but it can also show you a visual representation of what you will look like once your treatment is complete! Dolphin® 3-D software literally helps you imagine your future smile.
Orthognathic Surgery and Dolphin® 3-D Imaging
Occasionally, orthognathic surgery is recommended for patients who suffer from severe misalignment or malocclusion. This type of corrective jaw surgery is typically indicated when orthodontic problems cannot be corrected with traditional braces alone. In these cases, Dr. Knight works in conjunction with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) to provide the best available care for his patients.
Dolphin® 3-D Surgery is a powerful and highly advanced presentation tool that allows Dr. Knight to digitally plan your treatment. These detailed files can be shared with the entire surgical team to provide you with the most comprehensive care possible. Dolphin® 3-D software also gives Dr. Knight the ability to fabricate surgical appliances and stints that will aid in your surgical treatment.
One of the most popular features of Dolphin 3-D Imaging is the ability to create pre-surgical and post-surgical visualizations. Before your orthodontic treatment even begins, Dr. Knight will be able to present realistic before and after images of your facial structures and dentition. Many patients enjoy the advantage of knowing what they will look like after treatment is completed.
Advantages of Dolphin® 3-D Imaging
The field of dentistry has drastically improved due to modern technological advancements. While Dolphin® 3-D Imaging certainly benefits your doctors and clinical team, you can also enjoy some advantages:
- Shorter treatment time: Because new advances in digital imaging help your doctor clearly understand your needs, a more precise and appropriate treatment plan can be created. This allows your dental team to plan out phases of your treatment with greater accuracy, resulting in shorter treatment times.
- More predictability: 3-D diagnostic tools like Dolphin® not only predict treatment times with great accuracy, but they also give you the ability to visualize how your treatment will work, and what you will look like when it is completed.
- Greater understanding: Because Dolphin® 3-D imaging can serve as a presentation tool, Dr. Knight can utilize it during your appointments to explain the overall goals of your orthodontic treatment, and help you know what to expect while you are under his care.
Schedule an Evaluation
If you believe orthodontic treatment may be necessary for you, schedule a visit to see Dr. Knight. With the use of modern diagnostic tools, treatment is easier and faster than ever before. Call our office at (502) 327-6453 (Louisville) or (270) 351-5151 (Radcliff), or schedule an appointment online.