Ivoclar Vivadent takes the pain out of dentist visits with AR app

International dental company Ivoclar Vivadent has launched a new augmented reality app for patient consultations that lets them see how they could look after treatment.

Thanks to AR, dentists can show their patients how they could look with aesthetic dental treatments during their first appointment.

Dentists and smile enthusiasts can sign up here to find out when the app will be available in the UK and Ireland.

The IvoSmile app overlays a set of improved teeth onto the patient’s virtual-view smile, which is projected onto a handheld tablet and allows the user to tweak various options, including tooth shape and colour.

The visualiser also includes a bleaching option to simulate bleached natural teeth, so it can also be used to advise patients on their ideal degree of whiteness. All of the options and changes are live to the patient so they can select a smile that suits them the most, Ivoclar Vivadent said.

Ivoclar Vivadent takes the pain out of dentist visits with AR app
Credit: Ivoclar Vivadent

“Virtual images and videos should help patients gain a clearer picture of their treatment goal.”

“Virtual images and videos should help patients gain a clearer picture of their treatment goal and this visual may make it easier to decide whether or not to commit themselves to the process of detailed cosmetic treatment planning,” the company explained in a statement.

“By looking into a ‘virtual mirror’ at their before-and-after smile and seeing what they would look like with the prospective aesthetic restoration in place, patients may feel more inspired to consider a smile makeover for themselves—with no time-consuming, costly photographs or mock-ups involved.”