While DSLR cameras remain the gold standard for clinical case documentation, there is an emerging trend towards the utilization of the ubiquitous smartphone in the dental operatory. While easy to use, the downfall of smartphones has always been the lack of a focused external artificial light source (EALS). Recognizing this dilemma, several companies have begun to develop low-cost, yet effective, attachments that enable the production of high-end dental photography. This new technology has found a place in shade analysis, dental product photography, patient communication, and teledentistry. We are only just beginning to see what is possible with smartphone dental photography, and the increased resolution of mobile cameras ensures that this evolving technology will soon become a standardized tool in the armamentarium of most dental clinics and laboratories.
- Review historical aspects of dental photography and identify the limitations of intraoral image capture.
- Summarize the immediate applications of smartphone photography/videography within the operatory and dental laboratory.
- Apply new concepts and techniques to improve the efficiency of current smartphone practices for intraoral/extraoral dental photography.
- Establish novel applications for smartphone photography/videography based on existing clinical operations, laboratory protocols, and patient needs.