Dentures in Alberta are a tried-and-true method to replace missing teeth because they are convenient and effective. Now, new innovations in dentistry make them more realistic than ever. Whether you’re getting dentures for the first time or you’re receiving a replacement, it will take a little bit of time to adjust to wearing them. Here are 5 tips to help you get used to your new smile quicker.
What to Expect with Dentures
Although dentures have a bad reputation for feeling fake, new materials and technologies make them more comfortable than ever; however, you can expect there to be some slight irritation while adjusting to them. Don’t worry, your discomfort should not last for more than a few weeks. Here are 5 things you can do to make the transition easier:
- Take a Break
Your dentures will not feel natural at first. In fact, it can be difficult to eat or speak for a few days. Your gum tissue may even be a bit sore. The American Dental Association recommends taking your dentures out every 4 hours to give your gums and jaw a break.
- Practice Talking
It may be challenging to speak clearly until you get used to your new dentures. Articulate Technologies, a developer of speech therapy tools, recommends singing while wearing them. This is a fun and effective form of speech training to help pronounce certain words clearly. Reading aloud is another great way to practice speaking.
- Eat Soft, Small Foods
Until your cheek muscles develop, you may have some discomfort while eating. It’s best to stick with softer foods that are cut into small pieces for a few days. This makes them easy to chew and swallow so you don’t need to dread eating your meals.
- Try Different Adhesives
There isn’t a “one size fits all” denture adhesive. If your dentures are slipping, it’s time to experiment with a different adhesive. If the issue doesn’t subside within a couple of weeks, you may need to have your dentures adjusted.
- Care for Your Dentures
Your dentures can last for several years with the right care. As soon as you receive your new dentures, create a routine to care for them each day, like cleaning them with a soft toothbrush and soaking them at night. You’ll help to ensure they continue to look and feel great for several years while also keeping odor-causing bacteria at bay.
Restore Your Beautiful Smile
You don’t need to live with the challenges of tooth loss. You can restore your confidence and your quality of life with the right denture. In no time at all, you’ll adjust to your new life with dentures.
About Dr. Jerry Janzen
Dr. Jerry Janzen has over 30 years of experience in dentistry. He has made it his mission to promote optimal oral health to improve his patients’ confidence and well-being. Dr. Janzen is a lifelong learner, which enables him to provide his patients with the latest advancements in dentistry. His experience and qualifications allow him to treat even the most complex dental issues, like tooth loss using a variety of treatments, such as dentures and dental implants. If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth, contact our office today for a consultation.