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Okay, so I think I’ve mentioned before that I actually really like the shape, size and color of the new grill... what I don’t like is how toothy I look. Now that the vast majority of the swelling is virtually gone, I can see that I have that “monkey mouth” thing going on on the upper and the lower and so my lips don’t really close together without a little effort. What I’ve noticed is that the transition area from my chin to lower lip no longer has a “dip” or “pout” in it, sort of like it flattens out when my lips are closed together, and my upper lip protrudes a bit so my upper lip doesn’t sit as it should either. I’m wondering if anyone has experienced this and if it’s something that can be thinned out to improve the look? In my head it seems like if there is less bulk taking up room, than my lips should fall more naturally thus reducing the toothy appearance, even if just slightly? Is that a thing or is it just wishful thinking?
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Hi, I completely understand what you're saying, great description, by the way. In some respects this seems somewhat normal, especially early on. As you go for adjustments they will shave it down, but don't expect your "Normal" look for a while. As you feel as though the swelling has disappeared, there is still more going on that you cannot visibly see, along with shrinkage. This take time (I'm at 6 months, and I feel like things are changing weekly with the fit). So (as you've probably heard, or will be hearing until the cows come home) "patience. " Your doing great, keep asking questions. I hope this helps, and have a fantastic day.
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Thanks Lisa. So essentially, as the shrinking happens, what seems to be a protruding upper (and lower) lip will become less and less? In which case I should wait to ask them to thin it out?
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Somewhat correct...the denture is still going to be bulky unless they shave some down, so at your next adjustment make sure to express your concern/dislike.
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Thanks Lisa! I did mention it this morning and they shaved a little off just in the front which definitely helped a little. I’m going to sit with it for a bit before I ask for more thinning out
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I have just posted about my new permanents in another post.  With my upper immediate, I too had had a upper monkey lip, which I hated (my family didn't think it looked that bad).  Despite having some denture slightly shaved at the top, I always felt my upper lip looked pulled downwards and thinner.  When I was getting my new permanents made, I expressed to my denturist, that I wanted that monkey look GONE, and he nailed it!  I look like my old self again, and I now have a fuller upper lip, awesome when applying my lippy!  Even when your swelling has gone down, and you are still not happy with the cosmetic look, these are easy changes to make when you get your permanents made.
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Too funny! I literally just commented on your post!!! Lol I’m definitely looking forward to the day when I can begin designing my permanent set. I’m going to make sure to tweak and tweak and tweak some more until they are everything I want and more. Congrats again on your perms! So happy for you :)
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Absolutely tweak away!  I even showed a photo to my dentist of teeth that I also liked the look of.  Find the right dental team for you, because they will make the whole process a lot easier for you in the end.  It's like Christmas when you get your new permanents.  Well worth the wait!  Best of luck on your journey too.  I always tried to find the positive with having to have dentures, and you seem to have the same attitude as me.  It makes all the difference :-)
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Thank you! I certainly try to take the good with the bad but of course I have my days. But it’s getting easier little by little, day by day.