What Do Dentures Look Like?

Last Updated on October 28, 2023 by Jade

natural looking dentures

There has been a misconception about what dentures should look like. Because they are ‘fake’ teeth, it is fair to say that if you have never worn any or been up close to a denture wearer you may think that dentures could look fake.

However, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Modern dental technology has permitted ways to create very real and natural-looking false teeth. In fact, if you were to try to identify someone who has dentures, you probably couldn’t. That is provided that their false teeth were professionally made and that the wearer takes good care of them.

Dentures Should Look Natural

With the proper fit, correct shade of color, and proper care and attention, your dentures should look like real teeth and anything but false.

However, there are times when a plate or partial can slip out of place. Usually, this happens at the most inconvenient time. Fortunately, there are also a number of adhesive products on the market that are meant to hold false teeth securely in place. See more about denture adhesives in this article.

Here are the guidelines used by denture manufacturers to make sure that dentures look real.

Three Guiding Principles

There are three guiding principles that are used in the creation of dentures. They include:

  1. The denture base must have a natural appearance
  2. The denture teeth must have a natural appearance
  3. The dentures must fit correctly

The Correct Shade

One of the most obvious ways to make your dentures appear natural is to have them made in the correct shade of color. The base that sits on your gums can easily be made to match the color of your gums creating the illusion of natural gums. The color of the fake teeth attached to that base can also be made to mimic bright, clean, and white teeth or a different shade of white.

A Little More On Denture Fit

If you have never worn false teeth before, your mouth may take a little time to adjust to the strange feeling of these ‘fake’ items in contact with your gum tissue. Once your mouth gets used to them, if the fit is not correct – where the dentures slip or rub creating an irritation – you must get that corrected. The better they fit, the more natural your dentures will appear.

Care And Maintenance

Probably the most important factor that can contribute to the overall appearance of your dentures is how you take care of them. They are fragile and can easily crack, chip, or break if dropped. Wearing dentures with a cracked or broken tooth will reveal that you have fake teeth in your mouth.

Regular cleaning of your dentures and an overnight soak in a cleaning solution will keep them looking good as new and as natural as they were when you first got them. Do not use regular toothpaste or a regular toothbrush to clean your false teeth. There are many good denture cleaning products available over the counter that will take care of your false teeth.


When you meet all the requirements noted above, it makes it hard for others to tell whether or not your teeth are natural or if you happen to have a set of false teeth. So if you are considering getting dentures because of the way they look, there really is no need to be concerned.

About Jade Roberts

After having a lot of dental issues when she was younger, and years of restorative dental work, Jade knows how difficult it is to find the right dental information. This forced her to do countless hours of research and connect with dental experts all over the world to find the right information. Learning has made her passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience so that others don't have to go through the same issues. "If I make any recommendations in the articles on the False Teeth Options website, it is because my team and I have researched and/or tested the products ourselves, and would be comfortable recommending them to our own family and friends. I'd love to hear of your experiences. So if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to get in touch."

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