Dental Shade Matching & Design – Getting it Perfect the First Time, Every Time with Dr. Mark Pitel (Hands-On)


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PresenterMark L. Pitel, DMD, FAGD, FACD, FADFE
Date Selection: Friday, June 9, 2023
Time8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: 1060 Main Street, Suite 201, River Edge, NJ 07661
CE Credits: 7
AGD Code: 780
Subject: Esthetics
Sponsor: Vita North America, AdDent, ShadeWave Software

*Light Breakfast & Boxed Lunch included

Attendees must bring the following items for the hands-on portion of the program:

  1. A personal laptop computer with WiFi access.  Please bring along any required charging cables and chargers for the laptop.
  2. Dental loops and an LED clinical headlight if you have them.   Corrective eyeglasses or reading glasses if you use them.
  3. A digital camera (clinical camera) with electronic flash or a digital camera and LED light unit (5500K) – alternately you can try to use an iPhone or other cell phone camera if you do not own a clinical camera.
  4. A black plastic or metal “photographic contrastor” – if you own one.   This is optional.
  5. Please bring Vita shade guides (or whatever shade guide you use).
  6. USB /transfer cable that would allow you to plug your digital camera into your laptop computer to transfer digital photo files.   If you are planning on using an iPhone or Android cell phone camera then please bring the cord that allows the photo images to be transferred to your laptop computer.
  7. Individual right and left lip retractors, handheld as shown below or a one-piece hands-free cheek and lip retractors.  The retractor is to be used for your own mouth and should be sterile or sanitized.
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Bring your assistants $395-- Call for a group rate!

This course will provide you with the necessary background information in color theory and shade matching as well as offer you an adjunctive workshop with an opportunity to use some of this knowledge and technology to refine your skills.

  1. Dread when a patient wants you to match a front tooth with another front tooth?
  2. Tired of sending out to the lab multiple times to get a shade correct?
  3. Frustrated with incorrect shades?
  4. Tried different ways to get the right shade and nothing works?
  5. Having difficulty communicating with a lab?
  6. What's the difference between hue value and chroma?
  7. How to use photography to properly get a shade?
  8. How hydration affects shade matching?
  9. Incorporating the newest technology that affects shade matching?
  10. Want to become the expert on cosmetic shading?

Course Description:

Patients today have much higher expectations when it comes to their dental work and expect it to look natural, closely match their other teeth.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of dentists receive little or no formal training in color theory or shade matching and still select shades by subjectively comparing a reference shade tab with the tooth or restoration being matched.

Ironically, the most popular shade guide contains only 16 possible shade tabs which are expected to accurately represent every nuance of shade and color found in the human dentition as well as every possible shade and opacity available in direct and indirect restorative products.

Additionally, ambient lighting conditions, the “temperature of the light”, room and cabinet colors, time of day, hydration level of the tooth and many other factors influence a successful shade match.

Some clinicians may also have unknown defects in their color vision or suffer side effects from medications that affect color vision and shade selection.

Fortunately, there are tools, techniques, and technology that you can use and knowledge you can acquire which can help you get a perfect shade match the first time, every time.

Some of the topics this course will cover are:

  • How light interacts with restorative materials and why that is important to you.
  • What are hue, value and chroma and how do we use them to get a perfect shade match?
  • Why are fluorescence, opalescence and translucency so critical to shade matching?
  • Color Context effects – what are they and how do they influence your selection of shade
  • Could you possibly have some level of color blindness or other vision anomaly? Let’s find out.
  • Who is the best in your practice to make shade selections? It might surprise you.
  • What are the best manual shade guides and why?
  • Step by step recommendations for optimally using manual shade guides.
  • What are the ideal lighting conditions for shade matching?
  • How can digital photography be critical to getting the best shade as well as chromatic characterizations?
  • What technology exists to facilitate color and shade matching?
  • How do we use technology to verify correct shades from our labs and to be able to make appropriate shade revisions when a restoration doesn’t match.
  • These and many other topics will be covered.

Please note that this course requires working in pairs for the hands-on activities.

About the Speaker


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Dr. Mark Pitel is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Operative Dentistry at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and the former Course Director of Predoctoral Esthetics.   A 3rd generation dentist, he has over 39 years’ experience owning and operating private general practices with an “emphasis on Cosmetic, Restorative and Implant Dentistry” in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California and New York.

A past president of the New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Pitel has been an active member of numerous other dental organizations such as the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  He has received his fellowship from the American College of Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry and the International Academy of Dentofacial Esthetics, holds Level II certification from the Academy of Laser Dentistry and has been recognized by Who's Who in Dentistry.

Dr. Pitel is an internationally recognized expert and lecturer on topics such as adhesive dentistry, dental materials, anterior and posterior esthetic restorations and cosmetic and laser dentistry.

He has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific papers and articles of interest to patients and is the author of a textbook on dental impression taking.  A former editor of the NJ AGD Journal, he has received several patents and awards for journalism in dentistry.


Dentist $895

Early Registration $795 Valid Through May 15, 2023

Register for both Ceramic Veneers on June 10, 2023 and this Shade Matching Course for an extra 10% discount

To register for both and receive the discount, you will need to call 201-342-2204 to register

Assistants attending with Doctor $395 (no discount)

*limited class size


"The course surpassed my expectation. Dr. Pitel is very knowledgeable and open to any question."

-Dr. Lindsey Morgan, Hamilton, NJ

Additional information

Date Selection:

June 9, 2023


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