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Quintessence International



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Quintessence Int 41 (2010), No. 5     31. Mar. 2010
Quintessence Int 41 (2010), No. 5  (31.03.2010)

Online Article, Page 438, PubMed:20376367

Online Article: Patients' self-perception of tooth shade in relation to professionally objective evaluation
Samorodnitzky-Naveh, Gili R. / Grossmann, Yoav / Bachner, Yaacov G. / Levin, Liran
Objective: Self-assessment of teeth shade was compared with professional assessment.
Method and Materials: Patients' anterior teeth shade evaluation was conducted first by the patient (n = 193) and then by the clinician using the Vita shade guide.
Results: In 18.7% of participants, self-assessment of teeth shade matched in hue and chroma to the clinician's evaluation. A positive correlation was found between participants' self-assessment of their shade and the clinician's assessment (P = .014; Pearson product moment correlation). Participants assessed their shade darker than the clinician (P < .001; chisquare test). Only 3.6% were highly satisfied with the shade of their teeth, and 83.4% were interested in a future bleaching procedure. Tooth shade was more accurately assessed by women (P = .02) and nonsmokers (P = .03; chi-square test).
Conclusion: A patient's preference toward a lighter shade should be addressed during treatment planning to match the patient's expectations for esthetics and increase patient satisfaction of treatment outcome. Patients may prefer white and shiny rather than a natural appearance.

Keywords: appearance, dental esthetics, self-esteem, shade, tooth color, young adults