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Possibly strange question about dentures

GummyMummy17

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:D Hi, I wanted to ask about this yesterday but I couldn't see anything on the forum.I haven't been able to find a definitive answer to my question and it's bugging me now:giggle:so I'm hoping one of the dentists or a fellow denture wearer will be able to clarify things:thumbsup:.

O.k, I went ten pin bowling Saturday night, we went as a family and there was quite a crowd of us.It was what they call Cosmic Bowling where the lanes are lit up with UV light.As I was about to have my go, my hubby said to me quietly " be careful smiling under the lights as you may glow" I thought :o:o:o !!! and wasn't sure what he meant so I dutifully took my go and as it was so rubbish I had no reason to smile:oops:.He then said that he remembers a song from years ago called the oldest swinger in town where the chap sings about the mans dentures glowing under the discoteques UV lights. I think this is because they used to put something in dentures that was radioactive , is that right?I tried researching it yesterday and I found that real teeth have natural phosphurs so would glow am I right in saying that? And that certain types of dentures fluorese in UV light but that I was thinking mine would look dark and in shadow, am I correct in thinking that? My dentures are the standard NHS ones, I'm not sure what they are made from but as they were cheap(compaired to what I know a lot of people can pay) I'm guessing they wouldn't fluorese.I'm thinking this as I would imagine it might cost more to make dentures from a material/substance that has properties closer to real teeth.

Any more information will be appreciated:thumbsup:It didn't spoil my evening but it did make me a little self conscious especially when I was bowling as I didn't want one of the little kiddies speaking to me and going "Eeurgh why are your teeth so dark?" or whatever:oops:.
 
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Gordon

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Most denture teeth these days are made with a substance in them that glows in UV, so Fred Wedlock is no longer the authority on them :)

See I'm old enough to remember that song too!
 
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olanda

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is this really true??? do modern dentures really glow under uv light??? that seems almost unbelievable...
 
Gordon

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The dentures don't but the teeth do. It's just a case of adding some powder to the acrylic mix, why is it so hard to believe?
 
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olanda

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it's so hard for me to believe because who'd actually want their teeth to glow in uv light (eg on a night out in a bar etc)?? if they could make dentures without the 'glow', surely that'd be better, at least for the younger people who have dentures?!!!
 
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Everyone's natural teeth glow under UV light. If they don't then it would look odd.
 
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