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Revisiting dental photography


As clinicians and small-business owners, dentists must wear many hats:  those of clinician, entrepreneur, marketing executive, staff coach, manager, sometimes diplomat , and photographer . I started taking clinical photography since I started my career in dentistry. Usually , I will try to get something easy to use by the whole team such as Yashica Dental Eye III and Kodak EasyShare DX6490 4MP Digital Camera 10X Optical Zoom and recently a SmileLite and Canon80D. .

Digital photography is an incredible tool for communicating with our patients, our labs, our potential patients, and more.

With DSLR cameras are now affordable and easier to use, more dentists are adding them to their practice, but after the photos are taken, most dentists and their team members don’t know what to do with them or how to use them effectively. One way is to use it with keynote using the Digital Smile Concept.

There are many Continuing Education courses conducted by the professionals for a few days or we can also take courses online. I also learn from watching a lot of YouTube channels on macro photography.


Patients often asked why we took many photos in our clinic. Basically there are for : 

1. Showcase Your Work to Patients – it’s far more effective to show patients considering some treatment photos of YOUR work than of someone else’s, especially using famous Hollywood actors .

2. Case Presentation – whether using the iPad, Keynote or whatever, you want an easy way to show patients what is going on in their mouths, whether it’s a single composite veneer or a full mouth rehabilitation with dental implants.

3. Diagnosis – together with Radiography and imaging it is impossible to properly diagnose and treatment plan complex cases without good sets of photographs.

4. Self-Improvement – it’s kind of tough to hide from yourself when the pictures are on a 50″ HD monitor or bigger. Pictures don’t lie, and I know that I am motivated to do better when I take a picture and find some fault that I didn’t see before dismissing the patient.

5. Lab Communication – it’s a LOT easier to communicate with a lab about shade, contour, etc. using high-quality photographs than trying to draw it out on paper. Usually I will share my 3D planning with my ceramists which derive from the basic DSD protocol. — drkamsiah





Dr Kamsiah G Haider Prosthodontist, DSD Master & Instructor, BDS, MDSc

A dentist , a continuous education junkie and inspiring other dentists to be a real dentist ! Who do you want to help you improve your smile if you are looking for a dentist? Dr. Kamsiah also known as Dr. Kam is cosmetic dentist with over 30 years experience . As a Master and Instructor of the Digital Smile Design , together with dental implantology , prosthodontics and orthodontics I have the experience and knowledge to handle the most complex cases in cosmetic dentistry. Oral reconstruction, rehabilitation with or without dental implants and conscious sedation dentistry all in one place. She earns her membership of the International Association for Orthodontist (iAOi) in 2014. She has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and Implantology (ICOI) since 1997. She's into guided surgery and full mouth rehabilitation on failed dentition also known as teeth in a day with the help with digital dentistry. Something she's passionate about since embarking into private practice 23 years ago. Dr. Kamsiah was a full time lecturer at the University of Malaya and an Associate Professor at the International Islamic University and lectures on prosthetics , the All-on-Four concept and recently on the Digital Smile Design. Specialties: Prosthetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, Cosmetic Dentistry, Orthodontics, Invisalign, Bone-Screw Orthodontics, AO4, Teeth in one day.

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