The Application of Color Theory and Shade Selection in Restorative Dentistry

Lane M. Ochi, DDS
Time: 8:00 am - 11:30 am Code: T02 Cost: $35/$50 after Sept. 29
CE Credits:  3 Hour Lecture  |  Subject: Restorative/Color Theory |  Recommended for: Dentists, Dental Technicians

Color theory is a language that conceptually and perceptually describes the elements of color and their interactions. Unfortunately, it’s quite a tricky concept, and we all know if the color of a restoration is off it can result in us feeling like we’ve failed and the patient walks away disappointed.

Understanding color is tricky. Slight variances in shade play with our eyes, our minds, and, ultimately, our dentistry. The illumination in the dental treatment room, optical illusions, color blindness, and fatigue are among the dental professional’s ongoing obstacles to successful shade matching.  This course will enlighten the dentist and ceramist on the dimensions of color, the effect of metamerism, and other phenomenon.

By being fluent in the language of color, we can sharpen our perception of color, better understand existing color dynamics, make better predictions, and communicate more clearly about color.

A review of these concepts as rules and guidelines will be presented in a manner that can be utilized to resolve complex esthetic problems. Armed with this knowledge you can get your restorations to match existing colors more successfully, so your patients leave feeling happy with your restorative outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the interactions of light, color, color perception, and shade matching.
  • Understand the difference between additive and subtractive color theory.
  • Understand the phenomenon of metamerism, and how it can act as a complicating factor in shade selection.
  • Understand how to make the best shade selection.
  • Learn how to make chairside shade modifications like translucency alteration, adding maverick colors, and shade shifts.
  • Learn how and why camera light meters and our own visual system cannot be trusted.
  • Learn 3 simple tricks to improve your ability to select the most correct color.
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