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Shade Management

Shades

Shade choices can either make or break a case, especially when matching a single tooth in the anterior region. We have many shade guides to follow and routinely utilize the VITA® Shade Guide, Bioform® IPN Shade Guide, and Illumine White Shades (Dentsply). We also utilize the ShadeVision ™ digital shade taking system when requested. As part of the ShadeVision technique we include a virtual try-in for total customization.

ade choices can either make or break a case, especially when matching a single tooth in the anterior region. We have many shade guides to follow and routinely utilize the VITA® Shade Guide, Bioform® IPN Shade Guide, and Illumine White Shades (Dentsply). We also utilize the ShadeVision ™ digital shade taking system when requested. As part of the ShadeVision technique we include a virtual try-in for total customization.


Lighting is a significant factor when choosing the correct shade.
We recommend relying on overhead indirect natural lighting rather than conventional operatory lighting. Please call us for a reference vendor that we feel provides the best natural lighting. PRO-Craft’s entire facility is equipped with lighting that reproduces 95% of the color spectrum of natural light. In addition, your operatory décor and furnishings should be limited to neutral colors with no predominate bright colors. The best way to communicate your shade requirements is to send photos with the requested shade tabs next to the patient’s dentition.


Photography

Pre-operative, during fabrication, and post-operative photography is a great way to document each case and to also use as a personal practice marketing tool. While there are many different approaches to dental photography, we have compiled the following guidelines to assist you:

  • Make sure your patient is sitting upright, or standing, and shoot the picture horizontally level.
  • When taking full-face, smile, and retracted shots, please make sure your patients keep their teeth closed together.
  • Remember to include the stump shade (for all ceramic restorations) and shade tabs in the picture for communicating shade requirements.
  • When taking anterior clinical shots, manual focus on the lateral teeth instead of utilizing the auto focus for clear, concise shots.