I got new dentures 4 months ago and from day one they gave me duck lips. These dentures have totally changed my face, especially my profile. I have been back to the dentist 3 times because I hate the way the dentures look. The first 2 times she took them for adjustment, but I am not sure that anything at all was done because they look exactly the same to me. She even told me that some women pay for fuller lips. The problem is that these dentures don’t just give me fuller lips. They give me duck lips. My lips look abnormally large and are not proportioned. This is very emotional for me. I already wasn’t totally happy with my facial appearance but my previous dentures were pretty good. I got the former dentures when I lived in Elk Grove, CA by a fabulous dentist who really was concerned about her work. This new dentist pretends to be concerned or maybe she is concerned but just doesn’t know what she is doing. So now I am trying to figure out how long I can go with these dentures before I have permanent duck lips. I don’t want to make a hasty decision, but I am really skeptical about letting this dentist do the work. I don’t like to switch dentists but I think I will have to in order to resolve this issue. How much time do I have before the damage is done? – Dorcas
Dorcas – If your dentures are giving you duck lips, correcting the dentures will also correct your facial appearance. There should be no permanent damage, but for your comfort and confidence, you should get the issue taken care of quickly.
Depending on the skill of the dentist, dentures can change the shape of your face in a positive or in a negative way. If your dentures are giving you duck lips, there are a few possible causes:
- Denture teeth are too long or too thick – The denture teeth can be trimmed to compliment your facial appearance.
- Denture teeth are incorrectly angled – They can be removed from the base and repositioned.
- There is too much lining in the dentures – The lining can be replaced.
We recommend that you get a second opinion from an experienced prosthodontist. He or she will examine your dentures to determine what is causing the “duck lips” appearance. A prosthodontist with experience in cosmetic dentistry will restore your smile and facial appearance, and improve your confidence.
This post is sponsored by Naperville prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.