Journal of Prosthodontics News   July 20, 2020

Tooth Shade Preferences Among the General Public


Now online in the Journal of Prosthodontics, a study that seeks to identify the preferred tooth shade of the observer, and patient factors such as skin shade and socio-demographics.

Drs. Almufleh, Emani, Al-Khateeb, Del Monte, and Tamimi conducted two surveys to assess public preferences of tooth shade value, hue, and chroma as a function of skin color of the perioral image and demographic characteristics of the observer.

During the first survey, different skin shades from dark to light were used for each set of images, and each set of images were presented with tooth shades which included levels of value, hue, and chroma from the 3D Master shade guide. Participants were asked to choose their preferred image within each set of skin shades. The second survey was conducted to identify the tooth shade that the general public most preferred.

The authors concluded that there are common preferences in terms of tooth shade value, hue, and chroma among participants regardless of demographics and skin shades. This data could guide dentists for tooth shade selection in the clinical practice.

Almufleh B, Emami E, Al-Khateeb, A, Del Monte, S, Tamimi, F. Tooth Shade Preferences among the General Public. J Prosthodont 2020. 


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