Common Denture Myths
There are many myths out there when it comes to dentures. And unfortunately, these misconceptions often prevent people who need dentures from getting them. However, with proper assessments, fittings, and maintenance done by a qualified denturist, dentures are a great option for smile restoration. So if your beliefs about dentures are stopping you from visiting a denturist, read on below as we bust some common denture myths:
Myth: Everyone will be able to tell I’m wearing dentures
Fact: While there are tell-tale signs of dentures, such as clicking, slipping, and an unnatural smile, these issues result from poorly fitted dentures. A professional fitting and regular follow-up examinations with a denturist will ensure that your dentures fit well, and give you the confidence to wear them as if they are your natural teeth.
Myth: Dentures will make my breath smell
Fact: Dentures are similar to natural teeth in that proper oral hygiene practices are needed to keep them clean and prevent bad breath. An effective maintenance routine for dentures includes rinsing them with water after eating a meal, brushing the dentures just as often as you would brush natural teeth, cleaning the dentures with denture paste every night, and soaking them overnight in cleaning solution made for dentures.
Myth: I won’t be able to eat the foods I love
Fact: Dentures may fit a bit differently than your natural teeth did, which means there can be an adjustment period when you first get dentures. With time and practice people with dentures learn how to bite and chew in a new way so that they can eat foods such as apples, corn on the cob and nuts. If you have any trouble adjusting to your new bite, consult with your denturist. A denturist will inspect the fit of your dentures and work with you to make them as functional as possible.
Myth: Dentures cause speech problems
Fact: Similar to the adjustment period for eating, when you first get your dentures you will also have to adjust to a slightly new way of speaking. It can be awkward at first, but eventually you will get used to the fit of the dentures in your mouth, and your speech will go back to normal. If you have a persistent speech problem, visit your denturist, as this is a sign that your dentures are not fitting properly.
Myth: Dentures are too expensive
Fact: Many people avoid getting dentures because they think that the dentures and regular care involved are unaffordable. The truth is that dentures and denture care can fit into most people’s budgets if they are honest with their denturist about their limited incomes. A denturist can work with you to explore options within your acceptable price range and give you a beautiful smile that fits into your budget.