When facing tooth loss, patients are often (and understandably) concerned with the effects on their appearance. They want a restored smile that looks as lifelike as possible and does not prematurely age their appearance. Fortunately, a quality set of dentures can meet these expectations and give patients a smile that looks almost identical to the original.
Your dentist can create a custom-designed appliance that practically matches your biological smile. Getting dentures might also present the opportunity to upgrade your smile’s appearance, if your natural teeth were unsightly in any way. Patients may prefer a denture that looks different in such a scenario!
When your dentures are designed based on your unique specifications, you have significant input into the process. Being able to request a certain shade or shape for the teeth improves the chances that the patient will be highly satisfied with the final product.
Additionally, the materials used in modern dentures share many optical qualities with biological tooth enamel so the prosthetics look more natural. Your dentist can give you more information about this aspect of your dentures at your consultation.
When a dentist designs a denture to fit your unique mouth, the appliance is typically more comfortable than a cookie-cutter model. This also minimizes the effects on your appearance, as it can be quite noticeable when a patient is wearing an uncomfortable denture.
Dentures do require an initial adjustment period, and during this time it may seem that they look and feel quite unnatural. That sensation will pass as you get used to your dentures, and eventually, you may even forget that you’re wearing them! If you do experience ongoing discomfort with your new dentures, you should make an appointment to come back to the office and have the fit adjusted.
Dentures don’t have to make you look dramatically different, and they can help you smile with confidence again after tooth loss. To learn about the aesthetic benefits that are possible with this treatment option, contact our office for an initial consultation. We can answer any questions you may have about dentures.