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Cosmetic Dentures Month – JUNE 2010

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Dentures, False Teeth, Plates, there are many names for these dental appliances, but regardless of what you call them, most people feel they look like fake teeth.  This is because most of them do look like fake teeth!

I am here today to tell you that false teeth can look as beautiful as the most beautiful real teeth!

Yes, many of my patients have false teeth.  You would recognize them (some are quite famous) but you would never believe they have false teeth.  That is because they wanted aesthetic, beautiful dentures.  The smile above is of a lady that gets many complements on her smile, but nobody knows that her teeth are actually dentures.

So, why do so many dentures look fake? Simple, you get what you pay for.  “Dentures by tonight” or some other gimmick means you are getting a cookie cutter product.  These cheap dentures come not only with poor aesthetics but a poor fit and many sore spots.  If you want to look 10-20 years older than you are, then go ahead, sign up with the one-size-fits-all denture.

I believe that a smile is one of your most valuable assets.  It does not matter if you have real or fake teeth, we can make them look beautiful and function great.  Our technician is amazing and dedicates her career to delivering only the most aesthetic teeth.  A good fitting aesthetic denture can take years, even decades off your look.  With so much riding on your smile, why would you compromise on something so important?

Now think about your smile.  Do you love it?  Does it reflect who you are?  Does it allow you to eat the foods you want?

If you answered no to any of the above then you need to come see us for a new smile.

JUNE 2010 is our COSMETIC DENTURE month!

Save 20% on a complete set of the most amazing custom dentures you have ever seen!

If you want a new denture that can make you look your best or you have a friend that does, then contact us as soon as possible.  We are not a high volume practice and when we are completely booked we close the promotion.  So act now, take 10 years off your smile and see what a difference a beautiful smile can make in your life.

In an IDEAL world, everybody would be smiling 🙂


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68 thoughts on “Cosmetic Dentures Month – JUNE 2010

  1. hahndds

    Dear Josh,

    Congratulations on your career and thank you for your comment! At 24 ALL doors are open for you. You have a long and bright future ahead of you 🙂 Fixing your smile should be more than possible – the first step is to find a good dentist. If you come down this way I would be more than honored to help you 🙂

    Keep smiling,
    Dr. Chris

  2. Wendy

    I am in the process of getting a new top denture. I was so excited thinking I was going to finally get a denture that would fit my face. I explained to my dentist I want larger, natural looking teeth. I asked if I could see a a book or chart of the type of teeth I could select..he did not have one…I went for my first fit..they were the wrong color, too small and basically looked the same as the old ones. I just went again today…they were whiter, and the front teeth were not centered…and still too small. What can I do about this situation? I have one more payment of $700 left…a total of $2800. Is this my only option? Does my dentist and the lab have choices in the size of the teeth? Can I special order natural looking teeth at this point? I am so upset….. Please help…thank you.

  3. hahndds

    Dear Wendy,

    Sorry to hear about your story…it is an all too common one. To give you a quick answer, yes, you can order much better teeth. There are literally hundreds of different teeth your dentist can order, but selecting the size and shape is an art! You should never settle until you like the way the front teeth look. First, the dentist needs to always deliver the denture and teeth in WAX so that he/she can adjust the position of the teeth in your mouth adding character and making sure you APPROVE the shape before they go to finish.
    Do not settle.
    Your last payment is due when you have the final denture in your mouth that you “approved”, not any sooner.
    Here is just one example of a decent tooth type:

    There are many more, even porcelain teeth!
    Hope this helps.
    Keep smiling,
    Dr. Chris

  4. christine wintets

    Hello i am past the wax fitting and after several visits and not liking the way the teeth looked, my dentist kept saying “they look great! I still didnt like them and my mother paid up front and i just received my denture and hate it. Bite is not right and they look terrible. What can i do? Can i get refund? Please help.

  5. hahndds

    Dear Christine,

    Making a good looking denture is very difficult…that being said, once you have received the final product it is difficult to “get a refund” for the way it looks. The dentist can adjust the bite and make minor changes, but unless it is not “functional” I don’t think legally you can get a refund. Most dentists will work with you for a while trying to give you a good looking denture, but sometimes patients expectations can exceed any dentists ability. I know very little about your case so I cannot judge the quality nor esthetics, but if you don’t like it then you need to talk to you dentist and let him/her know. Ideally you do not move out of the wax phase until you approve the look! That is what I would ask the dentist about – why “finish” the denture when it looked bad in the wax phase?

    All the best,

    Dr. Chris

  6. Very Upset

    have upper dentures only the first ones roof of mouth was see thru thin and had an over bite some months later they broke down the middle second pair looked great but still thin broke again down same crack send to get fixed now roof of mouth is to thick and they stick out was told they would ajust as time went by YOU THINK…. I work around teachers and high school kids all day what to do please help me..

  7. hahndds

    Dear “very upset”,

    It sounds like you would be a good candidate for a metal mesh in your denture. I would speak to your dentist and ask that they thin it down again and all a metal mesh. That works well.

    Keep smiling,

    Dr. Chris

  8. Beth schultz

    Dear Doctor,
    I am only 33yrs old and about to get dentures. I have a genetic disease that has had horrible affects on my teeth and I am ready to get rid of what’s left (just the front top/bottom) I am terrified with all the horror stories I keep hearing about. I live in the Rochester NY area and I am in desperate need of advice on where to go. . I’ve heard about these quick in & out dentists that send you home w/horrible looking and functioning dentures, and I fear I will end up looking worse than I already do. PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!!
    Nervous & Scared

  9. hahndds

    Dear Beth,

    When you get the process started let the dentist know you want to be part of the design. Ask them to show you the wax-trying with all teeth on the dentures and do not let the dentist send the try-in back to be processed until you accept the esthetics. This is completely under your control at that point!

    Keep smiling,

    Dr. Chris

  10. Lisa Turner

    Hi Dr. Chris: In about two weeks, I am going to have the remainder of my upper teeth extracted…My union is going to pay for everthing, immediate uppers, etc… their dentures are absolutely can always tell when a co worker is wearing union dentures. they look like little boxes, they are all the same shape.. natural teeth are not all the same shape and size.. since I don’t have the money to pay for the extractions, I am going to allow union dentists to pull my teeth, and yes place immediate dentures in.. however, once I am healed, I am going to pay for my own dentures.. I am also getting two implants to support lower denture.. union pays for up to two dentures.. can you tell me how much or approximately how much will a full set of your dentures will cost. I live in NYC, but I would willing to travel any where in the US to have realistic dentures..

  11. Dr. Chris

    Dear Lisa,

    You have a great plan! Use your benefits and then find a great dentist to make you some natural looking teeth. I would wait until your tissue has completely healed (maybe like 6 months) before getting this started.
    Dentist range in price and you can begin with goggle searches 🙂 I am not familiar with too many denture experts as I am mostly a cosmetic and family dentist. I can tell you that good dentures (top and bottom) will usually cost around 2500 for each arch or more, but they really are worth it.

    I hope you are doing well and wish you a beautiful smile in the near future!


    Dr. Chris

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  12. Chrissy

    After having my daughter, (which was almost 20 yrs ago) I went from having beautiful teeth to teeth that are awful. I have had quite a few pulled and I have 2 root canals that have failed and are abscessed, I have one crown that didn’t have a root canal and it is now abscessed. I have large mercury fillings that are leaking and leaving a horrible taste in my mouth. If I knew then that mercury fillings are toxic I would have never have gotten them. I have a ton of work that needs to be done, tired of the pain and I don’t have the money for the extensive work that needs to be done. I also have osteopeonia and the teeth that have been pulled on the bottom have left me with very little bone in that area. What options would I have? I really don’t want dentures at my age, but I am afraid of what it would cost for treatment.

  13. Dr. Chris

    Dear Chrissy,

    The best option for you would probably be to go to a local dental school and have them work with you – good prices and they tend to do good work…I am sorry to hear about your situation.

    Keep smiling,

    Dr. Chris

  14. Kimberly Scotchie

    Dr. Chris, I think I am in need of new dentures. I’ve hated these since the day they were put in my mouth. The wax try ons were so big they kept falling when I tried to smile. To me they look like horse teeth. My bottom denture has never started put and it has always been very hard for me to eat. I’ve got a small patch of bone showing on the front bottom gum and it hurts pretty bad. I’m on disability and Medicare doesn’t pay for dentures but somehow I’ll find a way because this is horribly. The dentist that made these got in trouble for having unlicensed technicians working for him. I had them relined about 4 years ago but I’m tired of almost swallowing my bottom denture when I eat and I’m not comfortable taking it out in a restaurant. Do you have any suggestions for me?

  15. Dr. Chris

    Dear Kimberly. You need to find a good dentist who can make you a comfortable, nice looking denture. Most dentists have payment options so you can pick a quality dentist and then pay towards quality work. You have to understand that our current medical system does not allow dentists or doctors for that to get paid enough to cover costs with Medicaid, passport or other “insurances” like that. It is sad. People expect to get help/treatment and count on these government plans to help but in reality all they get is the worst of the worst treatment and it makes everything even worse. That is a lot of worse in a sentence :). So, for quality anything you are on your own and will need to find a way to pay someone to make something is just the way the USA works right now. Us doctors prefer to choose our own charity cases (and we do a lot) rather than work for the government and not be able to make a living….
    I hope this helps!
    Keep smiling,
    Dr. Chris

  16. karen gagliano

    Reading the other posted comments I feel compelled to comment about my experience. I had a full set of dentures. Most of my life I was lucky and had very pretty teeth, never had braces. straight white teeth. At 50 I needed to have dentures. Full mouth. A loan from my employer allowed me to do so. The teeth never fit me well. they were off kilter, the bite was off. they had to be remade a new set. for ever my right side touched first when biting. and even worse, I lost my lips from the get go. could not even wear lipstick. I have been considered a pretty woman all of my life, athletic and quite youthful. since the day I walked out of the dds with these teeth I have aged 15 years older. people often ask if my 12 and 19 year old children are my grandchildren. It has been said by my son that this embarrasses him when kids say your grandma is here. I have become a social hermit. I Dred when I have to go out in public. my good long term friends tell me that I don’t look like the same woman. I have very high cheek bones to begin with and now with my face caving in I look deformed. it looks as if my nose may reach my chin. the teeth don’t even work they mash food at best. I cant eat in public. I have to tear off pieces of food and put them in my mouth. I haven’t taken a bite of a hamburger in five years. the dds that did this should not have a licenses to practice medicine. I live in hopes that I can win a contest or a dds will do a pro bono fix. one can always dream

  17. Dr. Chris

    Dear Chrissy. Teeth are important and you only have so many… I would suggest investing into your mouth and most dentists offer payment plans that make it easier for you. Just make sure you find a good quality dentist!
    Keep smiling,
    Dr Chris

  18. Dr. Chris

    I am sorry Karen, this is a sad but common story. Just last month I finished a pro bono case just like yours and many good dentists take on cases like this. I hope you find a dentist with the skills needed to give you back your smile…
    Dr Chris

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