Cosmetic Dentures

Why Choose a Cosmetic Denture:

People are more conscious today about the appearance of their smile than ever before. This is a result of procedures like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers that have become more popular. Improving the appearance of natural teeth is not the only way to have a great smile, however. Advancements in dental technology now allow skilled professionals to create dentures that can look as beautiful as natural teeth. A well made denture is not only comfortable and functions properly; it will also allow the wearer to smile with confidence knowing that their smile is no different than it would be with natural teeth. Creating a cosmetic denture is really an art in the hands of a skilled dentist. The results are rewarding for the patient, and to the dentist who crafts the denture as well.

What Makes a Denture a Cosmetic Denture?

When a tooth is lost, the bone that surrounds the tooth is also lost to some degree. The combination of tooth and bone loss tends to give the face a 'sunk in' look. Professionally crafted denture teeth are seated in a well made base, and will together return support to the lips and cheeks, eliminating deep facial creases and an aged appearance. A well made cosmetic denture has often been called a non-surgical face lift -- it really can return a youthful appearance to the patient.

The quality of the teeth used in a denture plays a critical role in the natural look of the denture. Real teeth are not uniform in color. Not only do they have variation in intensity of color in different parts of the tooth, they also have translucency and surface texture. A premium quality denture tooth can be almost indistinguishable from a natural one. An average quality denture tooth will not usually provide the same appearance.

The selection of teeth and their arrangement is also very important. Denture teeth are available in many different shapes and sizes. Teeth that look natural for one person may look very unnatural for someone else. The size, shape and complexion of a person's face influences what works for one person, but not another. Other factors, such as simulated wear facets and how the teeth are arranged can also affect how pleasing a denture looks. Not everyone looks good with perfectly straight teeth.

Besides playing a role in facial support, the denture base has a large influence on the denture's appearance. The denture base should simulate the natural gum tissue in color, texture and form.

Quality materials in the hands of an experienced and artistic dentist working with a skilled lab technician will result in a denture that is not only functional, but gives the wearer confidence that they can smile broadly -- and that their beautiful smile will appear perfectly natural to others, without anyone noticing that they are wearing dentures.

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