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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

May 2010
Volume 41 , Issue 5

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Patientsí Self-Perception Of Tooth Shade In Relation To Professionally Objective Evaluation

Gili R. Samorodnitzky-Naveh, DMD/Yoav Grossmann, DMD/Yaacov G. Bachner, PhD/Liran Levin, DMD

PMID: 20376367

Objective: Self-assessment of teeth shade was compared with professional assessment. Method and Materials: Patientsí 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 clinicianís evaluation. A positive correlation was found between participantsí self-assessment of their shade and the clinicianís assessment (P = .014; Pearson product moment correlation). Participants assessed their shade darker than the clinician (P < .001; chi-square 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 patientís preference toward a lighter shade should be addressed during treatment planning to match the patientís expectations for esthetics and increase patient satisfaction of treatment outcome. Patients may prefer white and shiny rather than a natural appearance. (Quintessence Int 2010;41:e80Ėe83)

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