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Dentures

Will dentures change my appearance?

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  • ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    If you've been missing teeth, dentures will obviously change your appearance. Having teeth can change the appearance of your facial features, especially if you were missing a large number of teeth. However, the changes in your appearance should always be for the better. Your dentist will work with you to create custom-made dentures that match your mouth and face. If you want your dentures to look just like the natural teeth they replaced, show your dentist photos of your teeth to give her an idea of the look you'd like to
  • Dentures can replace your missing teeth and improve your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak -- things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.
  • ASaul Miller, Dentist, answered
    Dentures can certainly affect your appearance. If you have exisiting dentures and you wish to make changes in them which you feel will affect and improve your appearance, this should be discussed with your dentist prior to start of treament. Your dentist will review with you the changes possible, if any, and discuss anticipated results when the new dentures are finished. Dentures can help to improve your smile and overall look with the appropriate teeth and restored bite; however, they will not necessarily remove wrinkles and take 40 years off your face.

    If you are getting your first denture, it is important to discuss with the dentist how your teeth looked previously with regard to size, shape, spaces and color. Old pictures can often help with this conversation. Explain how you would like your teeth and smile to look, and hopefully your dentist can discuss what seems possible.

    Usually your will be able to see how the teeth will look in your mouth prior to completion and final fabrication of the denture. This is the time to make changes and alterations to the appearance of the teeth and denture.

    Also, unfortunately some dentures may not result in a natural and/or satisfactory appearance due to a variety of factors. To avoid this evaluate the denture(s) carefully at the try-in visit note above and discuss any concerns thoroughly so that you can achieve maximum satisfaction with your dentures.
     
  • AArnold Liebman, Dentist, answered
    Dentures can change your appearance, which may be a good thing. If we are speaking of full dentures a well-made set will restore your face to its proper proportions.

    Denture teeth are supposed to simulate a natural smile. There are newer denture teeth made out of materials that look more natural, rather than the denture teeth that many think about that appear placed in a perfect however artificial appearing arrangement.

    Dentures need to have the correct height so that your face appears normal. Just think of someone taking out their dentures and the sunken look. Your lip support is based on how the teeth are set in the arch and the speech will change if the teeth are placed incorrectly.

    Patients are provided with a preview prior to finalizing the dentures allowing changes to the setup. So the answer is yes, dentures can change your appearance and hopefully you will enjoy the new look.
  • AStephen Black, Dentist, answered

    Yes, it most certainly can! An important part of the denture process is trying in the denture before it’s finished. In this way, you can get a "sneak peak" of how the finished process will look. It’s important before you get started to identify with your dentist what your expectations are and what changes in your appearance you may want to do. If you like the way your current dentures look, a model can be made of your teeth to help get a close match to what you have. Communication is essential to get as close to what you want as possible.

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