Digital imaging in current dental practice is commonplace. This can include radiographs, impression taking, and intraoral and extraoral photography. The use of photography in dentistry has evolved from 35 mm single lens reflex cameras to digital image capture devices, including intraoral cameras, point-and-shoot cameras, and digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLR).
Dental practitioners utilize patient images for many reasons, including patient education, medicolegal documentation, communication with other practitioners or laboratory technicians, and marketing. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) has proposed 12 standard intraoral and extraoral views for patient documentation.1,2 However, not all of the AACD views are applicable or needed for each patient. Invisalign (invisalign.com)3 requires 8 intraoral and extraoral views for patient case submission, 7 of which are consonant with the AACD series. Table 1 compares the views for the AACD and Invisalign.