Dental Photography for Dentist-Laboratory Communication


・Learning Objectives 

1) Describe the method of photographing Shade View photos and their use for shade analysis

     and virtual blue prints.

2) Illustrate the Photo Protocol by case design.

3) Describe the workflow of custom white balance and color profiling for shade assessment.


Dental photography can be used as a means of communication between the dentist and the technician.  Ideally, the technician who is going to fabricate the restoration should see the patient and make the appropriate shade selection.  However, the great majority of restorations are fabricated by offsite technicians who do not have access to the patients.  Photography provides a means to bridge the “gap” between the patient and the technician regarding shade and surface character.


In this presentation, award-winning professional photographer and ceramist, Naoki Aiba, CDT will address what dentists and technicians need to know about photography for shade communication.  Clinical cases will be presented to illustrated practical applications.  


About the Instructor: Naoki Aiba

A ceramist and professional photographer, Mr. Aiba graduated from the Dental Technology Program at the Dental School of Aichi Gakuin University in Nagoya, Japan, in 1982. He completed the post-graduate ceramics course at the Tokai Dental Technicians School in 1986.


He received the “Young Speaker of the Year Award” presented by Dr. John McLean, OBE, of the International Society for Dental Ceramics in 1989.  In 1992, Mr. Willi Geller selected Mr. Aiba to be a member of Oral Design.  He has lectured, conducted hands-on courses, and published in more than 30 countries on ceramics, dental photography, and dentist-laboratory communications.  He also has published and exhibited his photographs around the world.  Mr. Aiba currently serves as a member of the editorial board for QDT.  


He maintains his laboratory, Science Art, Inc., in Monterey, California, and offers DENTSCAPE Continuum for dentists and experienced dental technicians at his teaching facility, Oral Design Center Monterey.