Choosing color....

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My dentist is recommending not to go white as they will really stand out and people will know. When choosing my temps I went with the whitest they would let me which was still yellow but about 7 shades whiter than what I had. Now when you show up one day with nice straight teeth ummm...people know anyway so my thought process is I am paying 5000.00 for these teeth and I want them white and hell I want people to notice! What did you guys do? And did you make any changes to the shape or size of your teeth from the temps to the perms? FYI my original teeth were really yellow/grey and pretty crooked.
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Zipity

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Been thinking a lot about this as well... I just have not been able to wrap my head around buying teeth and them not being perfect.  Old looking stained up teeth, that I am purchasing aren't and option for me.  We haven't talked color yet, but I know he is saving my bottoms and I know my bottoms are dingy.  I do not want my tops to match. These days with all the whitening and veneers there are some extreme white teeth behind the lips of random folks you see out and about.  I am especially noticing now, because mine are in such bad shape. 



Will be following this one, because I need to know how folks dealt / are dealing with it.
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b1 is a good color ...natural white...
btw...how much did dentires and ectractions cost anyone on here...they convinced me to remove 8 crowns on top and do upper denture...i look like ive been beaten up ...on day 4 and black bruising cheek to eye and swelling ...sore on gum..wore 48 hours..
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dentures and extractions...hate word recognition...lol
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ive gotten 10 on top removed and my denture mold which has cost me around 900. i still need 6 more extracted then ill be done - which should cost 400.
i also went with B1
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So glad I found this thread. I am going to get 7 top removed and a top denture. Just getting the molds done gagged me. Not looking forward to extractions. Doing A something.
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In 5 months when I get my perms my teeth will be very very white. not like chicklets white but the next shade under that. If I am paying big bucks for teeth you bet they will be white and not crooked.
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Glad other people feel this way! I was like no way am I buying dingy teeth! I don't need the whitest of the white but I am NOT picking off the yellow chart! Bring me the white chart and I will start from there! Do they not understand that when you've lived with yellow/grey crooked teeth your not going to buy the same thing you already had? Who cares if people look? When your teeth are pretty messed up anyway do you think showing up one day with straight teeth isn't noticed? Plus the fact that I STILL have issues talking! Screw it....I'm going white! Thanks guys!
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Ken

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As one guy said "I didn't pay $3000 for brown teeth. I want them to glow in the dark.
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kim

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Haha! I love that!
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I go tomorrow to pick my shade of white ....paying a fortune for teeth.....they are going to be WHITE
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Josie

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A2 is a great shade. Usually for smokers it is A3 or a little darker.
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Ok Josie I will go with A3 since I smoke.
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Hey Shay look at A2 and A3. See which one you like the best. You don't "have" to go with A3. Some pple don't match their lower either. It also depends if your lowers show when you smile. I just think A1 is way too bright and I don't even know why it's out there as an option. lol.
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My profile pic is a2 if that's any help. They look white unless you hpld them beside the ones my wife picked out for me at affordable dentures.
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Shay, I'm a heavy smoker too and I went with what I assume was A2. (Affordable Dentures didn't tell me what number it was, I just went with 1 step below glow in the dark!)
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I use the cleaner tabs for smokers plus I'm going to buy a sonic cleansers.

Also, to whoever asked - when I had my permanents made, I had them made perfectly straight, almost as white as could be, the teeth I had always wanted. People WILL notice since you are going from bad teeth to beautiful teeth overnight.

Think of women that wear wigs, we all know but rarely say anything! You are paying a lot for your new teeth so get the ones you've always wanted!
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Cool ok
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kim

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It's so hard when you look at them because to me they still look yellow! Lol!
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We always ask if there were any likes or dislikes with their natural teeth or current dentures. They appreciate that we ask that and at the end of the day they are buying them so they are "the boss" and it's their decision. We are happy to put a smile on their face. ;)
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Had the best hygienist in the world today ~ we shot the stuff for a good 20 minutes, she answered every question I had (at the time) and she says without a doubt I am going to be thrilled I finally built the courage to deal with this.  The best part about the journey won't be the teeth when it's all said and done, it will be getting back to being me, not hiding a mouth full of shame.  I kind of felt it a bit, it was nice to speak opening about my teeth and not feel I had to hide my mouth. She had been inside of it so I just talked and laughed normally, comfortably.  I haven't done that for the longest time, it was so nice.  I have never been comfortable in a dental office until today, it was just an amazing feeling. 

Color did come up...  She said a lot of things come into play when determining color for patients who have nice or are able to save their lowers.  She had me talk to see how much of my bottoms presented themselves when I talked; then gave me the mirror and had me look.  They are fairly visible. She said they won't have quite as much visibility when I have my top denture but she knows they will be visible and if we don't match contrast will be able to be noticed.  She also mentioned we can most certainly work on bringing out a nicer color on the bottoms, but, we don't do that until all work has been done on them and they will never be Hollywood.

She also went into the fact that on the color chart I will eventually see there will be the bleach colors, there are a couple bleach shades & then the colors get into more common teeth shades they try to match.   

I can obviously pick whatever color I like.  Consider things like visibility of the top denture and bottom teeth when I speak, and that too white can look fake,  explaining some folks are absolutely comfortable having denture/s and people knowing and for other people it's a deep dark secret. 

She said between now and the time think about where I fall on the spectrum of folks knowing or being more private about it and also spend a bit of time talking in the mirror to see how much of my bottoms show and think about what I am most comfortable with when the upper goes in.  She said when it's time to pick they first present the color that matches, she said is it extremely rare that the patient agrees with the choice. They then discuss what they feel they can reasonable brighten the remaining teeth they are trying to match, if that is possible (it isn't always).  And she said once again, it's not the shade the patient envisioned.  Finally they recommend the brightest a person can go without looking fake.  The customer always has final say, but those happiest with the end result are usually people who realize there is such a thing as too white. A couple of those shades are just not possible naturally.  The happiest patient picks something realist. Because when everything is said, done and healed, you are only left with appearance & if you pick too shocking of a white you will eventually regret it. 

So I walked out of there with a lot to think...

(I really do want White, but I think just from speaking with her I am really going to be mindful of what they present to me and try to pick the best shade I am able to.)
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Sounds like a great hygienist. You're in good hands. :)
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sounds great Zip!! When is your extraction date?
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That is certainly a lot of great food for thought!
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June double deuce
That allows for my preauth to come back, they save my provider takes about 3 weeks.  And I would prefer to have the preauth in their hands prior to the start of the work. 

I have a cavity on the bottom that needs filled we will do that June 8th.  I will then let them know if I want Immediate Perma or Immediate Temp.  And they like to have two weeks initially for lab time time to construct.  Two weeks is more critical if I am going Immediate Perma.  But for either it allows enough time should molds need redone.

Still going back and forth with Immediate Perma or Temp. It's a struggle!!!!  Would be a complete no brainer if I was certain company would bounce back and my insurance was intact in six months -1 year.  I don't have that luxury and I know me. I will not take money from savings to buy the perma denture, I will get as many miles out of the temp as I can, just because at that point I would be jobless, on a job search and keeping extreme track of my pennies. 

I wish they had never given me the choice; I am agonizing over it.  I know I will have it settled come June 8th I have to. 


So I am stewing about, color ( but I am certain me and them can compromise), temp or perma, supplies which is ok because that means I have not yet began to worry about pain! 


Gnarly Teeth are a concern (I don't know what I will do if I get the immediate perma and me and those teeth can't become friends!) I need to speak to them about the protocol as it relates to someone getting an Immediate Perma and hating not being happy with the appearance once everything has healed.
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I went with quite a dark color for mine, I’m not sure what number to reference but they look fantastic. I just matched it up to color of my real teeth (minus the stains and decay). They appear to be genuine and look real. My opinion is the straight perfect teeth are enough to give a nice smile and being too white would not look right.
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After reading others comments..B1 sounds familiars. I definitely recommend that shade.