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Want Truly Custom Shade Matching? Here Are 5 Necessary Steps

April 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — perfect-impressions @ 4:30 pm
patient with custom shade matching tabs

You’ve seen plenty of them before—patients with restorations that haven’t been correctly matched to their natural teeth. These restorations stand out in the worst way and leave the patients feeling self-conscious, frustrated, and dissatisfied with the care they’ve received. At all costs, you want to avoid having this happen to your patients; otherwise, you could lose them as well others they’ve told about their experience. But how can make sure that the restorations you place have custom shade matching? Read on to find out!

Utilize High-Quality Equipment

Digital photos allow you to be faster in your communication with the dental lab. In addition to mailing a USB flash drive, you can quickly attach the images in an email, giving your technician ample time to customize the coloration of the product.

Work Fast

For some tasks, you want to take your time to make sure you get it right. However, choosing the custom shades for your patients’ restorations isn’t one of them. After a while, your eyes experience what is called retinal fatigue, which means you will be less able to tell the difference in the exact shades. Try to select the shades as quickly as possible so that your eyes can perform at their best.

Take the Right Photos

In every photo, you need to include the information the technician requires to create the restoration. For example, the shade tab and lettering should be visible, and the tab should be oriented the same as the patient’s teeth. That way, the light can reflect at a similar angle and provide a more accurate match.

Include More Than One Shade

To the untrained eye, all teeth can look the same, but as a dental professional, you know teeth are much more nuanced. Each tooth has a unique shape, and the coloration often consists of several shades simultaneously. If you include a couple of shading options, your technician can have a clearer idea of what you’re envisioning for the restoration and create a truly customized, realistic product for your patient.

Partner with a Lab with Color-Corrected Lighting

You can do everything right on your part and still get inaccurate results if your dental lab isn’t up to the same level. Make sure you do your research on your dental lab and find out whether they utilize advanced technology like color-corrected lighting. Without this, you could end up with a product that doesn’t look as realistic as it could.

You don’t have to have dissatisfied patients with mismatched restorations. By following these tips, you can deliver restorations that look completely natural and build trust with your patients so that they’ll keep coming back for years to come.

About Perfect Impressions

Perfect Impressions has been providing custom restorations and oral appliances since 1986. In addition to the latest dental software and milling machines, we utilize color-corrected lighting to create completely customized restorations. To learn more about our facility’s technology and our team’s expertise, you can contact us through our website or by calling 972-385-2295.

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