Harmony of smile design in the facial context

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Objective: The aim of this study was to create mathe- matical modeling to generate statistical models that reliably and quickly identify facial type while smiling. This analysis enables the creation of a digital design for the prosthetic restoration of the anterior teeth. Materials and methods: The study involved the com- puter analysis of 91 facial images. Through mathemat- ical modeling, digital facial maps were generated con- sisting of 27 landmark points and 12 basic lines determining the facial type. Four main facial types were defined for the purposes of this study: strong, dynamic, delicate, and calm. Selected data were re- corded in a database and analyzed using IBM SPSS Modeler software.

Results: a varying number of combinations character- ize the face; 61.5% of people have the features of two facial types, and 38.5% of three facial types. The over- all analysis of the data for both genders shows the most accurate model for predicting facial type by dig- ital facial map is the created algorithm C5.1 (classifica- tion tree), with a general prediction accuracy of 84.3%. Conclusion: Dental anatomical Combinations with Rebel Simplicity systems is a constructive way to en- sure harmonious unity between the teeth and the fa- cial type. Digital facial maps provide reliable and fast identification of the facial type while smiling. This analysis enables the creation of a digital design for the prosthetic restoration of the anterior teeth.

(Int J Esthet Dent 2020;15:2–16)


Computer technology is becoming increas- ingly widely used for the esthetic prosthetic dental treatment of patients. a number of studies demonstrate the effectiveness of computer visualization for clarifying patient preferences and for achieving a predictable and satisfactory prosthetic treatment out- come.1-3

Excellent-quality dental software is avail- able on the market. a common feature of all smile design software systems is the assess- ment of the smile in the overall facial con- text. Therefore, all smile design concepts and systems require a facial photograph of the patient smiling naturally.3

Digital facial card consisting of 27 landmark facial points determined by a computer-assisted image recognition module.

The relationship between how people define themselves, the first impression they make on others, and their facial characteris- tics has implications for how people interact socially in the modern world.4 The expres- sion on a person’s face creates the first im- pression with others and has a high social value.5,6

The aim of this study was to create math- ematical modeling to generate statistical models that reliably and quickly identify a person’s facial type while smiling. Such an analysis then enables the creation of a digi- tal design for the prosthetic restoration of the anterior teeth.

Materials and method

This study analyzes the facial characteristics that play an essential role in making the first impression on others. By mathematical modeling, statistical models are generated by which we determine the facial type de- fined by perception, impression, and beauty rather than by facial symmetry or anthropol- ogy. For the purposes of this study, four main facial types were defined.

The study included a computer analysis of 91 full-face smile photographs of 42 male and 49 female subjects aged between 18 and 30 years. The subjects’ faces were cat- egorized into four main types by their facial characteristics and the first impression they make on others, as follows:
Strong: rectangular face formed by

well-defined angles, vertical and hori- zontal lines around the forehead and mouth, and sunken eyes.

Dynamic: angular face formed by slant- ing lines around the eyes and forehead, prominent nose, and a wide mouth.

Delicate: oval face with rounded forms or formed by thin lines and close-set eyes.

Calm: round or square face, pronounced lower lip, and prominent eyelids.

after calibration, the 91 images were visually assessed according to defined criteria, and the established results were entered into a standardized table by four independent re- searchers. after determining the facial type by the method of visual perception, a digital facial card was generated for each particu- lar facial image (Fig 1). The card consisted of 27 landmark facial points determined by a computer-assisted image recognition mod- ule (Table 1). The landmark points represent soft tissue markers that can be visually de- tected in a cephaloscopic analysis of a full- smile facial photograph. The points deter- mine basic facial lines or baselines, which in turn determine the shapes that build the fa- cial card. The data analyzed by gender were 27 facial points and 12 basic facial lines. Us- ing the processed data from the individual

photographs, mathematical models were constructed to define each of the facial types. Using a mathematical algorithm, av- erage digital facial maps were created cor- responding to each facial type (strong, dy- namic, delicate, calm) (Fig 2).


When analyzing the data for each item sep- arately, it was found that for most subjects the combined elements belong to different facial types. For example, a strong facial contour could be seen in a total of 9.3% (± 12.2) of the subjects: 10.1% (± 12.4) for males and 8.7% (± 12.0) for females, re- spectively. a strong eye type could be seen in a total of 6.6% (± 11.1) of the subjects: 7.7% (± 11.7) for males and 6.5% (± 10.5) for females, respectively. To conclude, 2.7% of the subjects with a strong facial contour had an eye type that belongs to a facial type other than strong. a strong nose/eyebrow type could be seen in a total of 8.2% (± 11.8) of the subjects: 10.7% (± 12.5) for males and 6.1% (±10.09) for females, respectively. Therefore, 1.1% of the subjects with a strong facial contour (9.3%) had a nose/eyebrow type other than strong. Most large variations were seen in the mouth type. a strong mouth type could be seen in 5.2% (± 10.2) of the subjects: 6.6% (± 11.1) for males and 4.1% (± 9.3) for females, respectively. There- fore, 4.1% of the subjects with strong facial contours (9.3%) had a mouth type other than strong.

Bearing in mind that each of the tested elements contributes to the whole facial im- pression and classification of facial type, af- ter a detailed mathematical analysis of the data it was found that the facial type is de- fined as a combination of characteristics of several types, with varying degrees of domi- nance of one type over the other. The con- clusion arrived at was that a varying number of combinations are important in character- izing the face, and a high percentage of the subjects (61.5%) were characterized by two types of features: 64.3% for males and 59.2% for females, respectively.

of the faces analyzed, 38.5% had three types of features: 35.7% for males and 40.8%

for females, respectively. For each face, one facial type predominated in terms of the overall impression, while the second and third facial types were complementary and harmonizing.

according to the results of the math- ematical analysis for both males and fe- males conducted using the IBM SPSS Mod- eler software, it was found that the segments defining the chin are less important when determining facial geometry.

Each facial type is formed by a combina- tion of facial features and their relationship to one another. an algorithm was used to describe the proportions for the facial types according to a machine learning analysis (Table 2); the data in this table represent a simplified generalization of the more com- plex model calculated by the software. all distances are calibrated relative to the dis- tance between the pupils of the eyes.

The above findings regarding the relative importance of the facial features enabled a revision of the initial hypothesis, which stat- ed that all features have equal importance. While all the facial points have a role in de- termining the facial type, their importance in determining the geometry is different and depends on the segments they form.

When analyzing the data by gender, sev- en character segments were defined for males – four of these coincided with the identified segments in the overall analysis,

and three were different and refer to the width of the mandibular jaw angle and the width of the temple. Eight character seg- ments were defined for females – five of these coincided with the identified seg- ments in the overall analysis, and three were different and refer to the width of the man- dibular joint and the width of the chin.

The overall analysis of the data for the two genders shows that the most accurate model for predicting the facial type by the digital facial map is made using an algorithm C5.1 (classification tree).

The accuracy of the general prediction model that was created was 84.3%. It is pos- sible to include classification by gender to further increase the accuracy of the ana- lysis. The created algorithm compares each feature with the reference elements and calculates which shape fits best. It classifies the whole face by using the results for all the features.


Digital technology is widely used today for facial recognition through face detection from photographs and the analysis of facial

contours.7-10 Some biologically significant elements of facial photographs and their geometry can be used for facial recogni- tion. Most studies take into account the fa- cial analysis, facial contours, eyebrows, eyes, nose, and mouth.11 Nowadays, the availability of information and ever-develop- ing technology in the field of esthetic den- tistry have led to increased patient demand, which, in turn, has prompted dental profes- sionals to question certain aspects of cus- tomization. Use is being made of a new tooth form classification system called Den- tal anatomical Combinations. This concept aims to help dental professionals to pro- duce different tooth anatomies that extend beyond the standard tooth shapes.12

When combined with traditional treat- ment planning methods, digital tools can offer a more conservative approach and a more predictable outcome.13 The merging of two-dimensional (2D) designs and three-dimensional (3D) digital models al- lows for prosthetic constructions to be completed digitally, and scanned models can then be transferred to the final design of the restoration.14 Detailed functional ana- lysis of the dentition using provisional restorations to change or adapt the smile de- sign is also needed.15 The success of an esthetic treatment relies on good planning and screening of patients, which is true for veneer cases, crown lengthening proced- ures or implant treatments. optimal esthetic results require a suitable smile design that fulfils the patient’s expectations (Fig 3).16

For the present study, the prep design was obtained from Rebel Simplicity (Visagi- smile). Individual restorations were then de- signed by copying the prep design. The ad- vantage of this technique is that the benefits of digital design are combined with techni- cians’ conventional knowledge, expertise, and skills.

after the facial photograph has been tak- en, it is automatically calibrated and pro- cessed by Rebel Simplicity, which provides

the option of automatically recognizing the patient’s facial map. artificial intelligence (aI) relates the patient’s facial perception and personality to the smile design by applying algorithms for computing the optimal com- bination of the incisal silhouette, tooth axis, dominance of the centrals, and combina- tion of individual tooth shapes out of thou- sands of possibilities (Figs 4 to 6).

The 2D design is automatically convert- ed into a 3D digital wax-up of a compete Rebel Simplicity design (Fig 7).

Fast and inexpensive, the new 3D smile design is sent back within minutes to the clinician/technician in the form of an .stl file. after receiving the file, the clinician/techni- cian can print the data in 3D and immedi- ately have the true 3D design of the new smile.

The clinician then continues to work with a 3D digital printed model in hand and creates a silicone impression of the wax-up, which is applied in the patient’s mouth. The clinician then preps the teeth (or not) ac- cording to this design. after that, the im- pression is sent to the technician to create the final porcelain veneers or crowns (Fig 8).

Based on the anatomical concepts and facial details, Dental anatomical Combina- tions (see above) was used as a technical approach in the laboratory. The basic princi- ple of this system is the segmentation and

recombination of two or even all three of the basic tooth forms (Fig 9). To create the final tooth form, the full or half segments are recombined, creating complementary classes. The first complementary class (1:3) uses one full segment of each of the three principal tooth forms, resulting in six differ- ent shape combinations. The second com- plementary class (1:2) uses one full segment combined with two [2] principal tooth forms, resulting in 18 different tooth shapes. The third (1/2:3) and fourth (1/2:2) comple- mentary classes involve half [1/2] segments combined with three [3] or two [2] principal tooth shapes, respectively (Fig 10).

By dividing the tooth vertically or oblique- ly into two parts, the segments are always in contrast with the final shape, giving the tooth a more dynamic appearance.

having all the information in the clini- cian’s office is useful for this approach to customized smile makeovers. The no prep veneers were created working on an alveo- lar model that allows the technician to con- dition the soft tissue on a hard material such as a stone cast. Soft tissue modifications made on a hard material will assure a good result in the mouth once the rehabilitation is placed (Figs 11 and 12).

Veneers were made using a layering feldspathic ceramic technique (Figs 13 to 15). Due to the shade a1 plus value, the technician worked according to the strati- fied technique (Fig 16). once the veneers were ready, they were removed from the refractory to the master die in the stone cast. This step was realized using a micro- scope to assure precision and a better fit. after fitting the margins, the veneers were accurately polished with a rubber wheel us- ing magnification, and finally manual sur- face polishing was performed with a pum- ice (Fig 17). The contact point was adjusted on the solid cast.

The technique described in this case re- port is new and smart. The precise link between the 2D project related to the facial type and personality of the patient and the 3D Rebel Simplicity project, the mock-up, and the final ceramics is groundbreaking. Today, with this technology, it is possible to simulate a completely personalized smile in 5 min. Patients are not only guaranteed that what they see is what they get, but also that it will be delivered with a high level of preci- sion regarding esthetics and facial integra- tion. This is very significant from a technical point of view as it reduces the number of esthetic adjustments that need to be made as well as the esthetic complaints from pa- tients after bonding (Figs 18 to 22).


The main purpose of esthetic dental treat- ment is achieving a beautiful smile. one of the most significant challenges for the clin- ician is to recreate the beauty of the smile with natural-looking teeth. There are differ- ent points of view concerning esthetic par- ameters. Dental anatomical Combinations in combination with Rebel Simplicity sys- tems is a constructive way to ensure har- monious unity between the teeth and the facial type. Digital facial maps provide reli- able and fast identification of the facial type while smiling. This analysis enables the cre- ation of a digital design for a precise and es- thetic prosthetic restoration of the anterior teeth.


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