shDr. Harker has been a dentist in Southeast Calgary for more than 3 decades. For years Dr. Harker has chosen to use the experts at Aurum as his dental laboratory of choice, sending his patients to the lab for their custom shade needs.

The Problem

As COVID-19 shut down businesses across the country, and social distancing went into effect, Dr. Harker’s patients were no longer able to come into Aurum Calgary’s offices.

Dr. Harker was concerned that without the option for in-person customer shades, he would have to find another laboratory. He needed a way to continue giving his patient’s high-quality results for complex, custom shade cases, without sending them to the lab.

With a long-standing customer’s business on the line, Joana, ceramist at Aurum Calgary offered an effective alternative – ShadeWave Mobile.

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Contact: Dennis Braunston
Phone: (425) 557-7788

ShadeWave Announces Issuance of US Patent for Dental Shade Map Matching Technology

ShadeWave is a unique system for color matching dental restorations using color correction to create accurate shade, translucency and value maps from dental photographs.

[Issaquah, Washington, September 15, 2018––] ShadeWave Dental Shade Matching Software (ShadeWave), a leader in dental shade matching and digital imaging solutions for dental practices and dental laboratories, announced the granting of U.S. Patent 10007987 titled Enhanced Tooth Shade Matching System.

“This is exciting because shade communication is the single missing component in the digital workflow,” says Dennis Braunston, President of ShadeWave. “ShadeWave replaces not only inaccurate, time consuming, subjective shade matching methods but also provides a significant opportunity to integrate shade technology with other digital products such as 3D Scanners, milling and 3D printing.”

ShadeWave is cutting edge software that uses a proprietary Shade Reference made of a custom black, white, and gray plate. The user inserts two commercial shade tabs, used as a reference, places it next to a tooth and takes a digital photo. Special ShadeWave software corrects color, exposure and creates colored shade maps for lab technicians.


ShadeWave is a HIPAA compliant, secure, web-based system that connects dental professionals and eliminates non-compliant emailing of patient information. This saves time, organizes shade information and lets the dentist know the tooth shade, even before the case arrives. 

Dennis Braunston founder of ShadeWave has been in dental technology since 1990. He is recognized as one of the early pioneers and experts at teaching digital photography, cosmetic imaging and case presentation in dentistry. Dennis has lectured at numerous locations and trained 1000’s of dentists world-wide. He is faculty Director for Dental Learning Centers and CE at Sea, and has several published articles, in the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, Journal of Dental Technology (JDT) and Contemporary Esthetics.

ShadeWave Dental Shade Matching System is based in Issaquah, Washington. fabricating and supporting dental products that improve dental professionals’ skills and productivity.


If you would like more information about this topic, please call Dennis Braunston at (425) 557-7788,
or email To schedule a personal demo of ShadeWave, visit:

ShadeWave featured in Dental Products Report Cosmetic Dentistry article,

“Outside the box cosmetics for outside the guide results. Exploring why shade matching is so challenging — and the products that can streamline the process.”

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 Dental Shade Matching App, ImageCentrik Dental Software, camera shade devices and dental cameras.

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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.

Dennis Braunston founder and developer of ShadeWave dental shade matching device to improve the clarity and efficiency of esthetic communication between the dentist and laboratory technician in order to help create an exceptional restorations.

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Lucas Lammott, M31 Dental

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: or call (425) 557-7788.

Premier dental shade matching system uses cloud-based software to enable real-time lab/dental office communication.

Issaquah, Wash., January 23, 2016 – ShadeWave has launched the next generation of its dental shade matching system, which uses advanced science and improved algorithms to change the way dental labs and practices communicate, share information and create accurate shades.

The cloud-based software is accessible from anywhere and easy to use. Dental offices upload patient photos and a shade reference, choose a lab, and create a case. The lab is instantly notified of the case and then ShadeWave’s advanced algorithm creates a detailed map showing shade, translucency and value for the dental lab to follow when making the crown, bridge or other dental lab product.

This groundbreaking technology was inspired by a common dental industry need: the ability to accurately match the various shades in natural teeth when making crowns. As a result of ShadeWave’s extensive testing and development, labs can now produce the most accurate shades possible in dental lab products.

ShadeWave has become the preferred shade-matching system for a growing number of dental labs and dentists in the U.S., Canada and internationally, including:

  • Microdental Laboratories
  • daVinci Dental Studios
  • The Aurum Group
  • Modern Dental Laboratory USA
  • Issaquah Dental Laboratory, Inc.

“We have been using the latest version of ShadeWave with my lab for about 9 months. It’s a great system if your lab is on board and trained well. It doesn’t replace the talent of the ceramist – it just gives the ceramist lots of information needed to create a great result. We use it for both posterior and anterior shade matching. All the assistants know how to use it and it’s pretty foolproof from the dental office standpoint.” said Dr. Scott Rice, Rice Dentistry.

ShadeWave President Dennis Braunston has years of experience in teaching dental digital photography, imaging and case presentation. ShadeWave was developed to meet his clients’ needs for more accurate shade matching. “No other software system comes closer to matching shade, translucency and value than ShadeWave,” he said.


ShadeWave is an Issaquah, WA-based company and developer of the premier dental shade matching system available today. Developed by Dennis Braunston, ShadeWave solves the industry-wide problem of accurately matching crowns, bridges and other dental lab products to the various shades found in natural teeth. The company empowers its clients by enabling objectivity through advanced science and real-time communication. ShadeWave’s cloud-based solution provides customers with more accurate shades—thereby reducing remakes and lowering costs, while improving patient satisfaction. Building on Braunston’s success with Dental Learning Centers and his years of teaching dental lab and office personnel worldwide in digital dental photography, imaging and case presentation, ShadeWave is the preferred dental matching system for a growing number of dental labs and dentists across the U.S. and around the world. Learn more at or contact us 425-557-7788.