The spectrophotometer is fairly simple in operation as it works by emitting light at a particular object and then it measures the light wavelengths that are reflected back at the device. This information calculates a spectrum that is used to match colors.
Many dentists use a color guide in order to match colors accurately but this is not a definitive way to measure color differences. There are a lot of different shades on the color guide but not enough to completely depict the range of colors that are found in teeth. We all see colors differently and there are enough subtle variances in lighting that makes color matching with the naked eye difficult. Using this device allows for uniform color matching across all tooth colored restorative materials, especially for those difficult treatment procedures where treating a single unit, or a few restorations are being replaced to match existing restorations a patient may not be replacing.
At the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we take pride in our work whether it is a simple dental cleaning or a complete smile makeover using bonding, porcelain veneers or crowns. We use a spectrophotometer for our cosmetic procedures to ensure that colors are matched perfectly for a beautiful, healthy, and natural smile. Contact us for more information on dental spectrophotometry, our cosmetic procedures, or to schedule a consultation.