The fundamentals of dental photography

Dental photography is an essential aspect of any dental practice. Taking comprehensive photographs of patient cases can uplift a practice by showing the incredible results they are able to achieve and is especially useful for aesthetic dentists looking to create a portfolio of work.

We pride ourselves on using dental imagery to educate our patients and showcase our incredible work to prospective clients.

Uses for dental photography

Dental photography is mainly used to grow and market dental practices, but it has potential for so much more. We now have the technology and knowledge to create pristine and clear images of the teeth and mouth that can be reviewed by new and potential clients, colleagues and ourselves.

These are just a few of the vital uses of dental photography.

Documenting cases

Documenting each new patient’s case is exceptionally crucial for any dental practice. It marks a new patient joining the practice and can be referred to for progress tracking and medical-legal purposes. Our practice is equipped with advanced modern technology to capture each case we treat for client and practice benefits. In addition, we will continue to capture your progress with our dental photography during your treatment to maintain a detailed portfolio.

Educating patients

Taking comprehensive photographs can serve as examples to educate clients. Using existing images, we can inform patients about their condition and the treatment options available and show them examples of what their results can be. Furthermore, dental photography allows us to map out a patient’s treatment plan and explain improvements or setbacks in detail. It’s essential to keep clients informed about their progress and oral health, and dental photography is one of the most efficient ways to do this.


At JJS Dentistry, we love to showcase our award-winning smiles. Dental photography is a great tool for inviting new patients as they show what the practice is capable of and its success rate. This is most common with before and after photographs, which are popular for branding elements that can make a practice stand out. We have an extensive gallery of dental photography that we equip online to inform potential clients about our cases, procedures and results.

Assessing outcomes

By building up an extensive portfolio of work, dentists can start to evaluate and predict specific outcomes from cases. This is helpful for the practice to understand its capabilities and shortcomings and informs patients of the expectations they should have for their case. In addition, detailed dental photographs captured during each session allow us to track the progress of treatment plans and assess if we are on the right path.

How dental photography is performed

Dental photography includes two main image types – intraoral (within the mouth) and extraoral (the entire face). Taking dental photographs is non-invasive and uses specific tools to capture clear, high-quality images, such as a high-definition camera, retractor equipment and mirrors.

We use these tools to take close-up photographs of the teeth, inside the mouth and the whole smile. It’s essential to take enough images to capture the condition of the mouth so that we can assess your oral health properly. However, this will only take a few minutes. Our photography experts are highly skilled to capture dental photographs for the practice.

Communication is a significant aspect of dental photography, so we will always request your consent before taking any images and explain the usage of the images. Our expert team will capture your images and keep them on file. These images allow us to map out your treatment plan and provide an in-depth analysis of your condition.

See examples of our dental photography here.

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