Evaluation of dental shade guide variability using cross-polarized photography

Jon Gurrea, Marta Gurrea, August Bruguera, Camila Sobral Sampaio, Malvin Janal, Estevam Bonfante, Paulo G. Coelho, Ronaldo Hirata

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This study evaluated color variability in the A hue between the VITA Classical (VITA Zahnfabrik) shade guide and four other VITA-coded ceramic shade guides using a Canon EOS 60D camera and software (Photoshop CC, Adobe). A total of 125 photographs were taken, 5 per shade tab for each of 5 shades (A1 to A4) from the following shade guides: Vita Classical (control), IPS e.max Ceram (Ivoclar Vivadent), IPS d.SIGN (Ivoclar Vivadent), Initial ZI (GC), and Creation CC (Creation Willi Geller). Photos were processed with Adobe Photoshop CC to allow standardized evaluation of hue, chroma, and value between shade tabs. None of the VITA-coded shade tabs fully matched the VITA Classical shade tab for hue, chroma, or value. The VITA-coded shade guides evaluated herein showed an overall unmatched shade in all tabs when compared with the control, suggesting that shade selection should be made using the guide produced by the manufacturer of the ceramic intended for the final restoration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e76-e81
JournalInternational Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery
  • Periodontics


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