Inside Dentistry
May 2010
Volume 6, Issue 5

Shade Matching

A sampling of some of the shade-matching tools currently on the market.

With the advances in esthetic dentistry comes the demand for better tools and technologies. Shade matching is a critical component of a successful case outcome. Inside Dentistry presents some of the shade-matching tools dentists are using. For more information, visit any of the manufacturers’ Web sites listed.

VITA Easyshade

The VITA Easyshade Compact lets dentists measure tooth shades instantly, and removes common problems found in shade taking with the naked eye. A screen provides prescriptions in Vitapan 3D-Master and VITA Classical shades. The unit is designed to be fast, lightweight, and portable. For more information, call 800-828-3839 or visit https://www.vident.com.


Ultradent offers a shade guide for both the Vit-l-escence and Amelogen Plus composite systems. The unique all-composite shade tabs facilitate superior shade matching by allowing determination of approximate dentin and enamel thickness by overlapping and sliding shade tabs together. Vit-l-escence shades are offered in kits of light dentin (8 shades), dark dentin (8 shades), and enamel dentin (8 shades), and combined into customized specialty (10 shades) and master (24 shades) shade kits for more intense shade combinations. Amelogen Plus shade guides are combined into a complete kit (15 shades) and basic, natural, and cosmetic (7 shades each) shade kits for additional convenience. For more information, call 888-230-1420 or visit https://www.ultradent.com.

Rite-lite L.E.D. Shade Matching Light

New L.E.D. technology provides fast, accurate, and stress-free shade matching. Affordable, cordless and maintenance free. By providing a “neutral light environment” around the restorative area, the process can be greatly simplified. The Rite-lite comes with neutral color tabs that are placed behind the teeth to further eliminate environmental color distractions. For more information, call 203-792-2275.

Olympus Crystaleye

Crystaleye is the first dedicated handheld dental spectrophotometer to combine digital images with tooth shade data, allowing a dramatic improvement in the communication of tooth shade from chairside to the dental laboratory. The software is capable of comprehensive image manipulation, giving the dental technician detailed tooth anatomy and color information. For more information, visit https://www.olympusamerica.com/crystaleye.


Spend more time presenting your cases, and less time creating them. ImageCentrik combines the essential elements of dental image editing and case presentation into a powerful and easy-to-use tool for every sized practice. With ImageCentrik you can craft winning presentations from simple preventive to complex restorative and cosmetic cases. Make your presentations in minutes, not hours. For more information, call 425-557-7788 or visit https://www.dlcenters.com.

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