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    • scottish lassy
    • By scottish lassy 12th Apr 18, 8:22 PM
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    Denture colour
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    • 12th Apr 18, 8:22 PM
    Denture colour 12th Apr 18 at 8:22 PM
    Advice and help please.

    For various health reasons I am having to get complete dentures. Today I went to get my bite checked and was also asked what colour I wanted ....... HELP!!!! As I'm going to have to wear dentures, I'd like nice ones BUT not something that shouts out dentures. The dentist showed me about 8 colours and pointed to one which he said was a natural colour, so I picked the one next to that (lighter).

    He said that my next visit will be a wax try on (rear teeth) and I will still be able to change my mind before my front extractions and immediate dentures.

    I guess my question is, what would be a nice natural shade for a fair skinned, brown haired, 50 something lady??
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    • McKneff
    • By McKneff 12th Apr 18, 8:46 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 8:46 PM
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    Just be guided by your dentist. He is far more of an expert than any of us random folk on here .
    You seem to have chosen well anyway
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
    • Toothsmith
    • By Toothsmith 12th Apr 18, 8:49 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 8:49 PM
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    Go with what you like. What you think looks good in you. They're your teeth!

    Sometimes it's a good idea to take a trusted friend along - the sort you know WOULD tell you your bum looked big in that! Husbands are (I find) pretty useless generally!

    The dentist has picked what he thinks would be a nice shade, you feel that one just a bit lighter would be preferable to you. Just looking at shade guides though is really no help at all to the patient. It will only be when they're all made up that you will get to see what it' looks' like. Don't get too wrapped up in this, and don't over think it. If you like it, say 'yes', if you don't, say 'no'!

    Be aware that shade is just one of the factors that can make the teeth look natural or false. To you want them all straight and model-perfect, or a few little crossed crooked bits to make them look more real? Do you show a lot of tooth, or just the tips when you smile? If you have some photos that show your smile in times when your teeth looked better - those might be helpful to the technician making them (assuming that's what you'd like them to look like!).

    An honest friend can sometimes be helpful, but check the dentist doesn't mind - and only do it if you're comfortable with that idea. For some, that is an absolutely horrific idea!

    Another thing for you - and the friend - to be aware of is that the try in stage in wax will always be a bit more loose than the finished item. So that might just affect how your mouth reacts to them, so your mouth might not move in a completely natural way to start with. You have to try and look beyond that.

    Good luck with it. You'll be fine. Sometimes it's worse to be offered too much choice!
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
    • Apollonia
    • By Apollonia 13th Apr 18, 5:39 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 5:39 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 5:39 PM
    In addition to what Toothsmith said, ask to look at the try in teeth in natural daylight if the dentist doesn't offer.

    Even standing by the surgery window they will look different to the shade seen under the bright operating light of the dental chair.
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 13th Apr 18, 7:31 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 7:31 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 7:31 PM
    My denture colour was matched to my existing teeth so looked 'natural' to my colouring.
    • scottish lassy
    • By scottish lassy 14th Apr 18, 5:06 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 5:06 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 5:06 PM
    Thanks folks for your advice. I had not thought of looking at them in a different light. I shall also take advice and guidance from my dentist whom I've come to trust completely.
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