A smile is so important

A smile is so important; it tells everyone you are happy, confident and ready
to get on and enjoy life. Consequently, the loss of teeth can have a dramatic
impact on a person's self-confidence and esteem. Not only are teeth important for smiling (aesthetics) and eating (function), but they also help support the lips and face. Missing teeth can result in difficulties eating, a selfconscious smile and a 'sagging face' appearance.
Dentures are appliances that can replace lost teeth and gums, and are
designed to be supported by the bone and gums in the mouth. Complete or
full dentures replace all of the teeth in the jaw and are usually supported by the
gums; a partial denture replaces missing teeth and is designed to carefully fit
in with the remaining natural teeth.
Dentures are made by a skilled team, led by your clinician. It is important that
your dentures are well made and crafted to fit your own individual needs. Not
only should they fit well and be comfortable, they should look and feel like
natural teeth.
Dr John Besford is one of the world's leading authorities on the provision of dentures. He has described the importance  of using teeth of the correct size and shape since if they are too small then too much gum will be shown; of avoiding the teeth being set too far back and ensuring adequate support for both lips and face to avoid harsh, drawn and over old appearance and that dentures look unnatural when teeth are too uniform and the gums are too pink.
The picture opposite shows some of the ways in which Enigma teeth mimic
nature and so enable your clinician to provide the most cosmetic denture. 

Click on the World of Difference Patients programme to listen to Dr Besford.

A World of Difference Patients Programme Part 1 of 2:

A World of Difference Patients Programme Part 2 of 2:
Enigma - the teeth behind natural      
              looking cosmetic dentures

Enigma Cosmetic Dentures


Natural looking teeth and gums

Natural teeth consist of dentine covered with a translucent enamel layer that
gives depth to the tooth colour. Enigma teeth have a similar structure with a
darker dentine covered with an enamel layer that is especially visible at the tip.
The blue white opalescence reproduces the effect of that different structure.
Natural teeth brighten in strong sunshine and are still white under disco
lighting. Many artificial teeth only do this weakly but the Enigma enamel
fluoresces to mimic nature. The teeth next to the front teeth are smaller, lighter
and have greater opalescence, whereas the eye or canine teeth are darker.
Using these Enigma Teeth will add vitality and make the mouth look three
dimensional - just like your natural teeth.
In order to achieve a totally natural appearance it is important to consider the
appearance of the gums as well as the teeth. Natural gums are frequently
whitish near the teeth and the tissue varies in colour from a pink to a reddish
colour. The natural gum colour of many ethnic groups has a brownish rather
than pinkish hue. Within the Enigma Cosmetic Denture System are a range
tools for individual colouring of the base to harmonize with your natural gums.
Examples are shown in the photos opposite.
The goal of cosmetic dentures is too replace what is missing from the mouth
and ensure natural looking dentures that enable the wearer to talk, smile, and
eat with confidence. The Enigma Cosmetic Denture System enables the
clinician and dental technician to construct natural looking dentures that allow
you to smile and enjoy life.