Considering the aesthetics of your new dentures
Beyond functionality and correct fit, how a patient’s new dentures appear to them is subjective, governed by the denture wearer’s perception. Therefore, in terms of the satisfaction guarantee we offer, it’s necessary to clarify this very important factor separately.
It’s not uncommon for patients to be indecisive and concerned about how their denture looks. After all, appearance is a very personal and important aspect of one’s identity. This is why patient expectations may not always align with what is clinically possible or prudent when it comes to dentures.
In some cases, a more youthful appearance results when the new denture ‘irons out’ lip wrinkles and fills out cheeks, especially if there was an absence of teeth before. But there is a limit to this beneficial side-effect before fit and functionality are compromised. Tooth colour or shape can also be cause for indecision or change of mind. Our prosthetists are always happy to guide and advise you.
Previewing your new denture’s appearance
We know how important appearance is. Therefore, we offer you an opportunity to see how your new denture will look at the ‘try in’ stage. During this appointment, our prosthetist fits you with a preliminary wax version of your denture complete with chosen teeth, prior to making the final denture. This allows you to see how the finished denture will look and make any necessary changes. Keep in mind new dentures need a settling in period. They may look 'full' in your mouth until your facial muscles adjust to the changes.
We ask you to sign a statement at this stage, confirming your satisfaction with the denture’s appearance. Following the signing of the statement, we offer a 24-hour period of grace so you can reflect on your decisions. After this period, your choices become firm and we commence making the final denture.
If you wish, we are happy to take photographs of the ‘try in’ stage on your phone. This avoids undue pressure to make an instant and possibly wrong decision, as a result. Having a photo of how your denture will appear, enables you to seek the opinion of friends and loved ones. It also gives you time in the privacy of your own home, to consider how the dentures will look. Alterations can still be made should you wish, by contacting us before the 24-hour period of grace expires. Simply call and make an appointment.
Be aware, however, given the time and work each modification entails, the number of times you can make changes without incurring additional cost depends on your choice of denture and its price.
Higher-end dentures have additional opportunities to make changes built into their cost, while changes to less expensive dentures are limited.
- The Standard denture – 1 change
- The Custom denture – 2 changes
- The Premium denture – unlimited changes
We’ll modify your dentures at any phase of the manufacturing process, even after they are completed. However, once you have signed the confirmation statement approving your denture aesthetics at the try in stage, making further changes will incur additional fees.