A common worry that patients associate with dentures is the fear of their dentures slipping while talking or being obvious when they smile. And even though it’s virtually impossible for anyone else to tell the difference between real teeth and dentures, it’s understandable that they take quite some time to get used to. Our dental team here at Haven Dentistry wants to help you put those worries to rest with three tips on how to feel more confident smiling in dentures.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth that replace missing natural teeth and are virtually impossible to notice. Modern dentures are not only comfortable, but they are secure. Made from plastic, porcelain, or metal to look and feel like real teeth, Haven Dentistry offers a variety of denture options, including full dentures, partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures. Dentures are commonly held in place by suction, dental adhesive, or surgically implanted titanium screws. Implant-supported dentures are usually more expensive than traditional suction-supported dentures, but patients find them more comfortable and secure. The implant fuses with the jawbone over time, creating a strong and stable foundation for the denture.
Smile with Confidence
There is a noticeable adjustment period when it comes to dentures, so here are three tips to make it easier to smile with more confidence:
- Give your mouth a break. If you have snap on dentures or partial dentures, we recommend removing them for up to four hours a day and giving your gums a break. Dentures left in all day can cause irritation and painful sores on your gums. If at any point you begin to start to experience pain or discomfort while swallowing, soreness in the mouth or throat, or white or red patches anywhere on your mouth, call your dentist at Haven Dentistry immediately.
- Clean your dentures daily. Caring for your dentures is key to maintaining a confident smile and avoiding bad breath. Brush your dentures after every time you eat to remove any bacteria leftover from the food. Before bed, soak your dentures in water or a mild cleaning solution overnight to prevent them from drying out. Unlike real teeth, you must be careful and use a soft bristle brush and dental solution to clean your dentures. Using toothpaste can cause abrasions to the acrylic.
- Replace your dentures when you notice significant stains or slipping. Dentures should be able to give you a smile that lasts for years, but there will come a time when you need to replace them entirely due to stains and slipping. Once you start to notice your dentures are affecting your day-to-day life, such as making it uncomfortable to smile, chew, and speak, call your restorative dentist to schedule an appointment. It is likely that you need to get your dentures replaced. Consider visiting your Richmond dentist at least once a year to check that your dentures still fit and don’t need any necessary repairs.
At Haven Dentistry, we recognize how important it is to love and feel confident in your smile. Dentures help support your facial muscles, prevent your lips and cheeks from sagging, and permit you to eat and smile confidently. Schedule a consultation with one of our talented restorative dentists in Richmond, TX to help you feel confident in your smile again.