Whether you’re getting dentures soon or you’ve recently received them, they can be a bit of a challenge to get used to at first. You can expect a reasonable adjustment period before your dentures start to feel natural in your mouth. It is normal for them to feel bulky or unstable and for your gums to be sore. You may salivate more than usual as your mouth detects a foreign object. All of this is normal.
The important thing to remember is that dentures are an improvement to your oral health and overall wellness. They are worth the time and effort it takes to get used to them because they give you the ability to speak more clearly, eat the foods you love, smile confidently, and maintain your facial shape.
Here are 3 tips to help you get used to your dentures more quickly so that you can start enjoying the benefits.
- Be Patient. Patience is the key to getting used to anything new. Understand that your dentures won’t feel normal overnight. It will take time to get to the point where they feel natural. It helps to start by wearing them for short periods of time and work up to full time wear. You should start to get used to them in a week or two.If a few weeks to a month of full time wear goes by and they still don’t feel comfortable, it’s possible that they don’t fit properly. Come in for an evaluation and we will check the fit of your dentures and make sure there are no obvious misalignments or sizing issues.
- Practice. If your dentures feel unstable or awkward when you talk or chew, it can help to practice. Talk slowly at first and get used to the way your dentures feel in your mouth when you’re forming certain words or sounds. It can help to sing along to a favorite song while you learn how to move your mouth with your dentures in place. Read a book, magazine, or newspaper out loud a few times a day while you get used to the way your dentures feel.When it comes to eating, start with soft foods and gradually work up to hard or chewy foods. If you’re worried about being embarrassed when eating with your new dentures, eat at home for the majority of your meals in the first few days or weeks with your dentures. Then once you feel more confident, consider eating out at a restaurant or having some friends over for dinner.
- Follow Your Dentist’s Instructions. Another helpful tip for getting used to your dentures is to follow your dentist’s instructions. That means following aftercare procedures if you had teeth extracted to encourage healing. It also means following instructions regarding how many hours a day to wear your dentures and how to clean them. If you don’t allow your gums to heal properly and keep your dentures clean, it could cause an infection that could delay your progress.Another key tip for helping your dentures fit properly is to use quality adhesives. Your dentist can recommend the best adhesive for your dentures to help them stay in place and be more stable while you’re getting used to them.
Toland Dental Provides Quality Dentures
Are you in need of partial or full dentures? Quality dentures from Toland Dental are comfortable and easier to get used to than lower quality dentures. How your dentures are made and what materials are used can make a significant difference in the fit and comfort level. Our dentures are precision designed to fit as accurately as possible to help you ease into full time wear. Getting used to new dentures may still take some time, but your adjustment period should be minimal.