Of course we all want dentures that look natural. We don’t want everyone guessing that we have dentures as soon as they see us. But there is such a thing as an appearance that is too natural, because there are many features our teeth acquire as we age that we wouldn’t want to reproduce in our dentures.
Age leaves its marks on our teeth just as it does on the rest of our face.
Probably the most common effect of age on our teeth is discoloration. Your teeth become stained through a lifetime of contact with staining foods and liquids. Your dental enamel also erodes, tending to let the yellowish color of dentin underneath to show through. This is why our teeth are darker during our 70s than during our 50s.
As we age, our teeth also suffer wear from years and years of chewing. This changes the proportions of your teeth, which can not only lead to increased sagging, but is itself a recognizable sign of age.
It’s not just slow wear that damages your teeth. You can receive cracking, chipping, or other damage to your teeth from injury or decay. Unfortunately, even when these are repaired, uneven coloration may result, reducing satisfaction with the appearance of your teeth.
Receding gums are also another sign of aging. When our gums recede around our front teeth, black triangles develop around our teeth, making a smile that is aged and unhealthy in appearance.
There are many features of aged teeth that we won’t be reproducing in your dentures. For example, neuromuscular dentures strive to reproduce the youthful height of your smile, not the proportions of the worn down teeth. And your dentures won’t have built in black triangles or chipped and cracked teeth.
The art of making attractive dentures is finding the right balance between which natural features to maintain and which ones to avoid in the making of your denture. During your consultation, we can talk about your aesthetic goals and design an appropriate denture for you.
To talk about dentures in Philadelphia, please call 610-272-0828 today for an appointment at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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