SmileShade: Revolutionising dental shade identification

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Introducing SmileShade: Revolutionising dental shade identification and communication

The SmileShade app uses a novel digital workflow to help dental professionals accurately assess dental shade. (Image: Les Kalman)
Dental Tribune International

Dental Tribune International

Mon. 20. November 2023


LONDON, Ontario, Canada: Research Driven, a Canadian company specialising in the development of medical and dental devices and technologies, has recently announced the launch of SmileShade, an innovative dental colour identification and communication mobile app. Developed with support from an Implant Dentistry Research and Education Foundation grant from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, SmileShade is poised to revolutionise the way in which dentists assess and communicate dental shade.

SmileShade leverages groundbreaking technology to accurately capture dental colour, allowing dentists to communicate and implement precise shade matches with ease. The app can significantly streamline the shade matching process, ultimately leading to better patient outcomes and enhanced dental experiences.

The key features of SmileShade are the following:

  1. Bluetooth sensor technology: SmileShade utilises advanced Bluetooth sensors that can accurately capture dental shades with unprecedented precision. This technology allows dentists to identify and communicate the ideal shade match for restorative procedures.
  2. VITA and IPS e.max integration: SmileShade seamlessly integrates with industry standard shade guides, including the VITA and IPS e.max (HT) shade guides. This ensures that dentists can match shades consistently and reliably, enhancing the quality of dental restorations.
  3. Intuitive mobile app: The SmileShade mobile app is user-friendly and designed with dentists in mind. It offers a seamless user experience, enabling quick and efficient shade identification and communication.
  4. Enhanced communication: Dentists can easily share shade information with dental laboratories, colleagues and patients, fostering improved collaboration and informed decision-making. The shade comparison feature is beneficial for all stages of treatment documentation.
  5. Research-backed innovation: SmileShade is the result of extensive research and development conducted by experienced researchers and developers.

SmileShade aims to enhance the dental experience for both practitioners and patients by providing an efficient, accurate and user-friendly solution for dental shade identification and communication. The software was an honouree of the 2022 Consumer Electronic Show Innovation Awards, a global competition recognising outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products.

Dr Les Kalman, an assistant professor of restorative dentistry in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in London and the creator of SmileShade, commented: “SmileShade is the result of years of research and development, and we are excited to offer dentists a novel mobile, digital tool that will streamline their work and elevate the quality of dental care they provide.”

Dental professionals can download SmileShade free from the App Store and visit the official website for more information.

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