It can be seen that shade taking is more than just holding up a colour. For a good shade, the dental surgeon needs to know the long-term objectives and desires of the patient. Scenarios with or without tooth whitening must be discussed between dentist and laboratory since this can change the planning of the whole treatment. The tools required in shade-taking are:-
· photographs and patient information
· shade guides
· treatment plans
· digital photography
· shade taking equipment
· diagnostic wax-ups and articulations
There are many shade guides to choose from:-
· laboratory technicians need the corresponding porcelain colours to those the dentist holds
· hue, value and chroma are a preference when choosing a shade guide.
This means colour adjustment is usually a chromatic adjustment. This prevents complete remakes, so chair-side colour adjustments can be made in the laboratory.
Shade taking equipment :-
Light spectrometers dominate the market and take a sample of colour measurements across an area of tooth. The more accurate colourimeters have 4 filters and so measure the entire surface in nanometers. An example would be Shade Vision.