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How to Choose the Right Denture Color

Being able to choose the right denture color may provide you with some inner peace. And you will be right. After experiencing excruciating pain and losing your teeth, you are now making a new beginning. Choosing the right color for your dentures may feel like an undeniable achievement.

But what is the right color for your dentures? Would it be the color of the teeth you lost or the color of the teeth you wish you had since the beginning?

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The right color for your partial dentures

Partial dentures, as the name suggests, are for filling gaps left behind by your missing teeth. You still have some teeth left on your jaw.

Partial dentures are attached to your teeth with precision attachments or clasps. They have gum-colored plastic bases and are removable.

The color of the partial denture teeth should match the color of your existing teeth. That way, your denture teeth will not stand out from the rest, indicating you are wearing a denture.

You want your artificial teeth to match your natural teeth as closely as possible. You do not want them to look fake.

That is why it is advisable to clean your teeth and whiten them to an expected shade before choosing the shade of your partial dentures.

You do not have much choice here. If your existing teeth are not white enough for your taste, you have to accept that and move on.

Teeth lose their shine over time and by matching your lifestyle. You may want to change your lifestyle, but if your teeth have taken a certain shade, you cannot change it anymore.

Teeth whitening has come a long way in the dental industry. Now you have laser treatment. Take this opportunity to whiten your teeth to an acceptable level and then choose the color of your partial dentures matching them.

Read More: How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost in 2022?

The right color for your full dentures

Since you have no teeth left on your jawbone, you can be aggressive.

You do not have to be an expert on the color wheel to choose the right color for your full dentures. If your complexion is fair, you may choose a lighter shade. On the other hand, if your skin is darker, go for a slightly darker tone.

But you don’t have to follow the above general rule.

Instead of A3, you can choose B1, which is considered the whitest shade on the spectrophotometer. But B1 can be whiter after teeth whitening.

A1 and A2 may not be considered white enough for your dentures. They are slightly yellowish-white.

Technically speaking, A1 is a bit darker than B1.

Many people choose B1. But new shades are available today, which are whiter than it.

Many people may find B1 too white for their choice.

How to determine the right shade for your denture

Your experienced cosmetic dentist will indicate which shade will be good for you. They will supply you with a denture shade chart. Understanding the shade was a part of their education. See if you find the suggested shade suitable for your new teeth.

If it is not, select a shade close to it.

Ask your dentist to show you photos of their previous work. That will give you an idea of how you might look in the desired shade of your dentures.

What is the best color for your dentures?

The best color for your dentures or artificial teeth is the color that goes well with your complexion. You do not have to choose the color that most people choose. You select the shade that is perfect for you. Try to match the whites of your eyes. Choosing a very bright color is not a good idea simply because that will make your teeth or denture teeth look fake.

You may select B1 or A1 from the denture color chart for your new teeth. By doing that, you may conclude you have got the white right. But it is good to know that although both A1 and B1 are white colors, B1 is comparatively lighter than A1.

Which denture color is most natural?

Select B1 from the denture color chart. It offers the most natural white color for your artificial or cosmetic teeth. Compare B1 to the shade of your existing teeth if you are looking for a shade for your partial denture. Do not forget to have those teeth whitened before matching their shade to the shade of your future dentures. It is not the right shade for you if they do not match or if B1 stands out from the rest of the teeth. If selecting a shade for your full denture, you may go for B1.

Your dentist will certainly offer you a color shade guide or base shade guide for choosing your desired color. The shade guide is a carefully prepared tool. Make the best use of it. Ask your dentist any questions you may have so that the shade of your permanent dentures does not surprise you.

What is the most common shade people choose for their dentures?

A study on 227 dental patients found that most people select the color A3 on Vita Easyshade. Easyshade is a digital spectrophotometer to determine teeth shade fast and precisely. You may choose a different shade of color if A3 does not match the whites of your eyes. Always remain close to the whites of your eyes so that there is a balance of whiteness in your face. A3 is a classic white shade.

What affects the shade of one’s teeth, if any?

Gender and ethnicity may affect the shade of your teeth. Women’s teeth are lighter. Likewise, if you are from Asia or Africa, the shade of your teeth may differ from that of someone from a western country. If you live in one of the western countries, but your forefathers came from a different part of the world, the shade of your teeth will be affected by it.

Which brand of acrylic resin tooth is more resistant to discoloration?

Ivoclar acrylic teeth show the minimum color change under the following beverages: tea, orange juice, carrot juice, and distilled water. However, instant coffee changes the color of acrylic teeth more than any other beverage. Interestingly enough, porcelain dentures show more color changes than acrylic teeth.

Can denture cleanser change the color of your denture?

According to a paper written by Professor Samet Tekin of Firat University and published in Odovtos International Journal of Dental Sciences, the long-term regular use of denture cleanser may affect the color stability of your dentures. Your denture may suffer from surface erosion if exposed to cleansers every day. Moreover, the longer you immerse your dentures in denture cleansers, the more acute the color change will be.

Denture cleanser will also affect the longevity of your dentures. In addition, cleansers containing Sodium hypochlorite change the color of dentures more than those that do not contain it. If your cleanser contains Sodium hypochlorite or similar substances, it is safer to follow the manufacturer’s instructions rigidly. Sometimes, you should not soak your dentures in the cleansers for more than ten minutes.


  • American Dental Association
  • European Journal of Dentistry
  • Journal of Dental Research, Dental Clinics, Dental Prospects
  • Journal of Dentistry
  • Odovtos International Journal of Dental Sciences
  • International Journal of Biomaterials

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