Welcome to the Shade Guide System


Luke S. Kahng Doctors who handls the following cases will benefit from the Chairside Shade Guide System

Harmonious Communication Between Dentists, Patients and Laboratories

After many years of intense research, investigation, and trial and error; I am proud to finally present to you the Chairside Shade Guide System. This system is comprised of seven individually unique sets of shade tabs that work together to incorporate the many characteristics of shade matching as dictated by a patient's age and other common factors. This organized approach to shade matching is possible through the compilation of common colors and characteristics in each tab set that we have all encountered throughout our careers as dental professionals. Prior to the invention of the Chairside Shade Guide dentists were unable to accurately match the shades and characteristics that have been added to my system.

I started working on creating a better shade guide system due to my disappointment with the stagnancy in the area of shade matching innovation while other areas of dental technology were seeing constant and rapid advances. Until now, dentists have not been offered an adequate tool for communicating tooth color and characteristics with patients and laboratories; so I decided to solve the problem. My desire to see improvement in shade matching and communication combined with my belief that the time was ripe for these advances to rise to the forefront led me to create the Ceramic Shade Guide System.

My System is created using porcelain ceramic and represents a clear and visible step forward from the traditional shade systems that existed before it. With more life-like tabs, a broader color palate, and additional tools for capturing and communicating tooth characteristics, the Ceramic Shade Guide systems is a major improvement in shade matching technology. The Ceramic Shade Guide system’s robust color palate contains shades previously neglected by traditional shade guide systems. However, upon trying my shade guide system you will immediately recognize having encountered these colors in your patients' mouths. With my Ceramic Shade Guide System I believe we are embarking on a new era for cosmetic dentistry as well as shade matching and communication.

Select Tooth Select More Details About the Teeth Your Lab Creates

Traditional shade tabs are generally only suitable for selecting simple shade colors. In general these shades alone do not provide enough information for dentists to communicate succinctly about the other characteristics of their patients' teeth that add life-like realism and aesthetic beauty. That leaves a gap between the doctor and the lab, leaving the lab to determine how to complete the restoration. This generally leads to unsatisfactory results and additional time spent between doctors and laboratories trying to find a way to finalize a truly lifelike restoration. This is because without the additional information related to the overall characteristics of the tooth that the Ceramic Shade Guide includes it is impossible for labs to make restorations that match your patients' adjacent teeth without the additional effort.

Our Ceramic Shade tabs are actual ceramic teeth. Therefore, in addition to selecting the shade for your patient's prosthetic teeth, you can actually pick the exact tooth that will be made. Our tabs contain a vast array of ceramic teeth with varying tooth characteristics that allow you select the exact tooth that the lab will make.

Select Tooth
A Shade for Each Season of Life

As we age the physical make-up of our teeth changes. This causes changes that occur due to wear and tear as well as the natural ageing process alter the appearance of our teeth. Younger patients have brighter, more opaque teeth while older patients teeth are more translucent and generally darker in color.

Most shade systems do not provide doctors with the ability to communicate the changes in mamelon and translucency, white calcification, etc. that may be present. Ceramic Shade Guides 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 are specifically designed to give doctors an easy and convenient way to communicate tooth characteristics in addition to the shade information with their lab about young, middle-age, and elderly patients' teeth.