Smile Lite MDP
Smile Lite MDP-the better dental photography
The Smile Lite MDP is a new dental photography technological invention for taking professional photos with the help of the smartphone’s camera. MDP stands for mobile dental photography. This new line of product from the Smile Line company is a new addition to our laboratory and here is a quick review of the amazing product that is Smile lite MDP.
The advent of modern-day smartphones packed with several unusual features such as high-end cameras with megapixel up to 20 megapixels. Taking of professional looking photos isn’t limited to the photographers alone again, because, with your phone, you can take beautiful photos.
It is those amazing features that were taken advantage of in the form of Smile Lite MDP which makes you of the phone camera for taken professional dental photos for your laboratory. It’s perfect for easy use and sending of the result to your laboratory immediately since there is no need of transferring files to your PC before you can send photos. This device is a revolution as it is simple, yet effective due to its top-notch result outlay as well as its cost-effective side of things. The recommended photo distance when using the Smile Lite is 15cm to avoid teeth distortion, but then, you can make certain adjustment as you deemed fit while taking the shot to have the perfect photo for your lab. Always take note that the shooting angle for the lateral view is parallel, making sure to align the camera perfectly with the line of sight of the teeth.
The Smile Lite MDP invented by Prof. Louis Hardan is the result of three years of research, development, and test solely focused on dental photography. It can be dubbed as the mini photo studio due to its portability and high-quality results. Smile Lite MDP has three groups of LED to provide a color corrected lighting for a better image- two sets of lateral LED each contains 6 LEDs and a central set of 12 LEDs altogether a total of 24 LEDs. The three groups of LEDs can be lit up independently, and their LEDs can be dimmed to the desired illumination level this made possible due to the four steps of power available in the device design.
The back side of the Smile Lite MDP is provided with a universal phone adaptor which can easily be adjusted to fit any range of phone width between 55-85cm according to the specifications slated on Smile Line website. The universal adapter can be adjusted with an Allen key to fit the camera position of the smartphone to be used, to ensure that that camera is in a central position before use. Another wonderful feature is its plug and plays feature that exhibits a seamless operation with little or no additional setup aside plugging up your mobile device to the adapter. No need for calibration, camera app integration or any form of technical know-how what so ever. A piece of cake.
Some other key features of the Smile Lite are:
The diffuser is a key part of the Smile Lite that can be magnetically coupled to the lateral set of LEDs to diffuse the light emanating from them hence giving a shade corrected lighting for your dental photography.
The Polarizing filter is also magnetically coupled to the central LEDs and help to take away all forms of glare to get a centrally polarized shot.
USB micro slot
A type c USB slot is available on the device for charging it up.
Smile Lite can be fitted on a tripod via a threaded opening in the underneath of the device to give it a perfect balance and making it possible to rest your hand a while in the middle of a photo shoot session.
Different Shot Mode on Smile Lite MDP
Traditionally, photography is usually done with (single lens reflex) camera, but Smile Lite MDP which can be considered a mini photo-studio comes packed with key features such as:
With Smile lite MDP, you can take dental photos with a ring flash with the help of the central LEDs, while the sides LEDs are off.. The central LEDs can form a ring around the lens of the smartphone, hence the name ring flash. It is vital in dental photography to be able to illuminate a patient’s teeth evenly. To further enhance the photo, you can apply lip retractors and flexible palette to serve as a black background for a professional feel.
By taking advantage of the two adjoining sets of LEDs, you can take dual flash shots. The sides at full power and the central LEDs off. With each set of side LEDs posing as a standalone LED to deliver white balanced dental photos. Flexi palette and lip retractors can be applied as it was done with the ring flash.
Photography with diffuser
This shot can be taken by putting off the central LEDs and magnetically attaching a diffuser to the side LEDs which are at full power. The primary purpose of the diffuser is to diffuse the light coming from the side LEDs to provide a shadow effect for better surface texture feel of the teeth and gum.
Photography with a polarizing filter
The central LEDs are at full power and a polarizing filter attached to it. But the side LEDs are put off. The filter serves the purpose of removing forms of glare from the photo.
Photography with both diffuser and polarizing filter
In this shot mode, both the central and the lateral LEDs are on with the polarizing filter and diffusers attached respectively. This kind of shot produced from this combination is known as the hybrid technology shot.
Making short videos
With the help of the tripod attachment feature, you can mount the Smile Lite on a tripod for shooting short videos for your different laboratory analysis.
Our dentists we are making use of the Smile Lite in our laboratory starting from January onwards in a one-year office test and from April onwards we will switch to the iPhone XR for better picture quality. The bottom line here is the Smile Lite is an excellent innovation from Prof. Harden though there is still room for improvement as regards the overall LED placements, other than that, it is decent hardware you should have in your laboratory.
Smile-lite Mdp-from January 2019 available in our office!