Mobile Photography, Morphology and Waxup

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Course Description


Mobile Dental Photography: for Everyone and Everyday


Photography is powerful in dentistry, its numerous applications such as diagnosis, treatment planning, legal documentation, publishing and lecturing has made digital photography a standard of care in modern dental practices.

Recently, smart phones have come a long way in digital photography due to recent technology development and new devices like Smile Lite MDP (Smile Line, Switzerland) were designed especially to help everybody to have high quality pictures using their mobiles.

The purpose of this course is to demonstrate the capacity of these devices to take high quality dental pictures. Those pictures are useful in different types of documentation and communication, in a feasible teachable and repeatable way, by everyone and for everyday practice.


In this course you will learn how to use your mobile phone camera to take high quality portrait  pictures and micro dental pictures for both patient and lab communication. Also you will learn how  to take stunning dental videos to assist with case acceptance.

Phones applicable to the course:

• Android 12 Mega-pixels cameras and above (Ex: Samsung S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S8 plus. Note 3, Note 4, Note 5, Note 8. LG G3, G4, G5...)

• iPhone 6/6s and 6/6splus, 7 and 7plus, 8 and X


Morphology and Waxup


This hands-on course will demonstrate the protocol related to understanding and achieving natural tooth morphology in wax reconstruction. In addition, the process of taking and managing teeth impressions both digitally and analogue.

In the morphology and waxup component of the program, each participant will work on their own crowns reconstructing multiple shape complexities. In particular, learning how to mimic natural tooth morphology from photographs for shape, colour, staining and the art of artefact camouflage for ideal aesthetic integration.


  • Introduction to DSD
  • Taking impressions analogue and digital
  • Study of morphology in Anterior and Posterior teeth
  • Silicon key for record transfer
  • Scan and mill / press, refine and complete the shape
  • Wax texture design, stain, glaze and hand polishing
  • Emergence profile in Implants cases
  • Occlusal Plane how to visualise alignment
  • Overview prospective and evaluation for the treatment plan
  • Detailed map of the buccal & occlusal surface
  • Marginal Crest alignment for better upper and lower arch relationship
  • Case reporting using core concept
  • Group function essential for full arch restoration




9am – 11:15am Theoretical part

  1. Importance of photography in Dentistry
  2. Generalities about photography
  3. History of Mobile Dental Photography
  4. Specifications of the mobile’s cameras
  5. Difference between DSLR and MDP
  6. MDP is feasible not only intra orally but also in many other applications
  7. How to do MDPs:
  • Phone requirements
  • Accessories
  • Lights
  • Smile Lite MDP
  • Anterior MDP
  • Posterior MDP
  • Polarized MDP
  • MDP portraits
  • Double polarized MDP

        8. Full documentation:

  • Anterior cases
  • Cases with communication with the lab technician
  • Posterior cases

         9. MDP and Smile Design

        10. MDV: Mobile Dental Video

        11. MDP by iPhone and Android

        12. Comparison between DSLR and MDP

1:15pm – 5:00pm  The workshop

The participants will learn how to take high quality dental pictures and videos with mobile phones. The participants will see and apply how to do:

  • Anterior pictures
  • Posterior pictures
  • Simplified protocol for esthetic documentation
  • Artistic pictures
  • Micro photography
  • Polarized pictures
  • Double polarized pictures
  • Portraits
  • Half illuminated portrait
  • Calibrated pictures for communicating with lab technicians
  • Dental videos.

Phones applicable to the course

  • Android 12 MegaPixels cameras and above (Ex: Samsung S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S8 plus. Note 3 Note 4, Note 5, Note 8. LG G3, G4, G5…)
  • iPhone 6 and 6plus, 7 and 7plus, 8 and X


09:00 Introduction of aesthetics cases from restored single crown to a full mouth rehabilitated

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Session one: preparing the model, selection of wax and crown build up (wax up)

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Session two: fulfillment of the job with a detailed morphology and bite control following the  anatomical and natural occlusal movements

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 Evaluation of each single case to prepare for the scanning/pressing

17:00 Cases discussions


09:00 Works opening: second theatrical session and scan of the cases

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Morphology trimming, contouring and finishing and burs selection

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Learning how to match colour with stain selection and glaze

16:00 Polishing technique for optimal results

17:00 Cases discussions

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