Have you ever tried hand-writing anything on a photo using a mouse? Or using the mouse to make a selection in Photoshop/Photoshop Elements? If so, you know just how frustrating and difficult it can be. Your wrist probably also knows how strenuous it can be. A few years ago, I was doing so much photo editing and typing, even with an ergonomic keyboard, that my wrists were starting to hurt, and at 2 points I had to wear a wrist-guard for support. Needless to say, putting on latex gloves over one of those things didn’t work too well!
And that’s why I highly recommend you get a Wacom graphics tablet. By using a natural hand-writing motion, you can paint, select, write, draw, etc. far more accurately and comfortably.
Wacom Intuos4 Graphics Tablets are Ideal for Dentists
I love using my tablet particularly for cosmetic corrections on big cases, as demonstrated here. This is a CEREC smile makeover case, 10 units of Empress MultiCAD shade BL3. To be completely frank, this was my first 10-unit CEREC case, and while I felt pretty good about how it came out, it wasn’t quite good enough to bond in.
So I took some photos, put this one in Photoshop, and started drawing out the corrections I want to make. I’ll send this to the patient to see if she agrees with me, then I’ll sit down in the lab to correct as needed (will have to redesign/remill a few of them) with this in front as a guide.
Here’s another case from a few years ago – using a Wacom pen/tablet, I can mark up photos as much as I want by using separate layers. Send pictures like this to your lab in preparation for your diagnostic waxup, and it’s a lot easier for them to know what your thought process is and where you’re going with the case. (Just so you know, this was one of about 4-5 pictures sent, not the only one, in case you were worried.)
After all……..how many have ever had a lab tell them they sent “too much” info for a big case? 😆