Game changing tips on photography and dental shade matching.
Dennis Braunston Inventor, CEO and President of ShadeWave and Howard Farran DDS, MBA, MAGD and Founder & CEO of Dentaltown, sit down to discuss the changes in dental photography and ways to improve lab communication.
Dennis Braunston, is also the founder of Dental Learning Centers® and has been in dental technology since 1990. As a provider of CDE since 2001, he is recognized as one of the early pioneers and experts at teaching digital photography, cosmetic imaging and case presentation in dentistry. Dennis has recently developed ShadeWave, Digital Shade Matching System, ImageCentrik Dental Software, camera shade devices and dental cameras.
He is faculty Director, for Dental Learning Centers and University at Sea. His publications have been in the Journal of Dental Technology (JDT) and Contemporary Esthetics. Dennis can be contacted at 425-557-7788.
Dentists and labs can now communicate instantly on Shade Matching cases within ShadeWave.
As we all know, HIPAA compliance in Dental Offices and Dental Laboratories is very important. With this in mind, ShadeWave has added a new feature called Secure Note to our Dental Shade Matching Software. Secure Note is an embedded communication tool inside of ShadeWave that facilitates secure, convenient correspondence between the dentist and the dental laboratory technician. All conversations are stored in the patient’s record and are accessible any time.The goal of Secure Note is to facilitate more frequent, HIPAA compliant, communication between dentists and their dental laboratory while eliminating wasted time playing phone or email tag. View all ShadeWave Features >
– Jean Sagara, Dental Economics
The dental field is a constantly shifting landscape. Advances in the industry are exploding into the market every day. Products like CAD CAM milling machines are quickly growing from an abstract concept, into an industry standard. Patient records have jumped from physical to digital. And there is a constant pressure to stay competitive.
Dennis Braunston founder and developer of ShadeWave designed software to improve the clarity and efficiency of esthetic communication between the dentist and laboratory technician in order to help create an exceptional restorations.
ShadeWave Digital Shade Matching Software is a cloud based product that uses digital photography to find the shade, translucency and value of a tooth.
ShadeWave delivers detailed maps that are accurate, easy to create and provides a tool to enhance the lab technician’s success.
Armed with details provided in ShadeWave maps, talented dental laboratory technicians are still required to translate the information from the maps to the bench to create a beautiful restoration.
Quality control is important to dentists and dental laboratories alike.
In real-time, ShadeWave can objectively show that the restoration made by the technician has the same shade, translucency and most importantly, value of the patient’s tooth.
This could be as complex as a 4 shade restoration, or as simple as showing that the product is a “Vita Classic A2”, just as the doctor wanted.
Doctors can now have more confidence that they will be receiving accurate shades on their restorations and the laboratory will be more confident in the product that is leaving their facility.
For more information on ShadeWave or to schedule a personal demo, visit: shadewave.com or call (425) 557-7788.
Color calibration and lighting is one of the biggest challenges dentist face when taking patient photos for shade. The lingering problem has been solved by ShadeWave Dental Shade Matching Software. ShadeWave automatically color corrects poorly lit photos in real-time and creates three proprietary digital maps: shade, translucency and value. These highly accurate maps provide a detailed guide for labs to achieve accurate and consistent dental shade matching results.
To illustrate this proprietary feature, Dennis Braunston, the Developer and President of ShadeWave conducted an experiment using a Canon G16 Camera and Shade Reference to take three smile photos with different lighting.
The camera was purposely color calibrated differently for each picture. Photo 1: was normal, or white balanced, Photo 2: was too red, and Photo 3: too blue. The photos were uploaded into ShadeWave and automatically color corrected.
Notice that although the gum tissue looks slightly different, the teeth are all the same shade. This is highlighted in the Color Corrected Illustration in the column labeled, “Filtered, Neutral Gray.”
Dennis then sampled the Shade Reference tab and revealed the shade map of the two front teeth in all three photos. The software allows the user to switch between any Shade Guide they desire, Dennis chose to use Vita Classic.
ShadeWave assigns different colors to different shades. In the column labeled “Shade Map,” we can see that the program uses Yellow for C1, Burgundy for B2 and Green for A1. With ShadeWave the user can select the number of shades shown in the picture, in this illustration, there are three.
All three photos result in the same shade map when processed through ShadeWave. The maps display the same general characterizations of the tooth, and provide information needed to produce a beautifully matched crown.
What does this mean? This experiment shows that a digital camera no longer needs to be color calibrated before taking a photo of the teeth. With varying color differentiations, ShadeWave was able to accurately correct a photo to the same standards.
For more information on this article and ShadeWave visit: www.shadewave.com, or call Dennis Braunston at (425) 557-7788.