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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.


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