Shade taking is an art as well as a science - the right shade of "white" can make the patient's smile look beautiful yet natural.
Getting the right shade of white is key to an outstanding result. One that looks beautiful yet natural (we tend to advise against the super-white celebrity look for most of our patients).
Shade taking can be done either "chair side" (in the consultation room with our cosmetic dentist) or in the lab. The shade-taking process takes account ofshades of:-
- Core (teeth)
- Map of non-vital teeth
- Gingiva (gums)
Detailed Digital Photography
We always take detailed digital photography for each patient. This is entirely confidential to your patient record. However, it enables us to meticulously plan, manage and record your treatment. Patients particularly relish the opportunity to see "before and after" photos after treatment has completed!
Photography will include:
- Before, during and after treatment
- Full face
- Profile (side view)
- Photos with lips retracted (pulled back with a sterile plastic device)
- The smile with prototypes in situ showing incisa silhouettes and contrasts
- Vita 3-D™ shade tabs and soft tissue tabs in the photographs or clearly written
We use Vita 3-D™ shade guides to give a true value of the tooth in photographs.
Using this technique, colour adjustments will only be chromatic which avoids the time and hassle of remaking.