New Dentures: What Adjustments Do You Have To Make?
Here are some valuable tips and tricks to help you adjust to your new dentures, and embrace your beautiful new smile!
Getting used to dentures can be a big adjustment for many people. Like getting braces, new dentures feel like a foreign object in your mouth at first. Some difficulty with eating and speech is natural, but don't worry: that won't last forever!
Patience and positivity are key as you adjust to your new teeth - and we will also cover some ways to help make the adjustment easier.
First off, when should I get new dentures?
When should you get new dentures? The answer to this question is dependent on a few factors. Factors like the condition of your mouth, the quality of your teeth, and how well you are adjusting to your current dentures all come into play.
There are two main factors that will determine whether or not you need new dentures:
1) the condition of your mouth, and
2) how well you are adjusting to your current dentures.
If you have a lot of teeth missing or if those that remain are in bad shape, then it may be time for a new set of dentures. If you find yourself eating less because it is difficult to chew, another sign that it may be time to consider new dentures is if speaking becomes difficult or if people around you notice more than just a slight difference in how you speak.
The easiest way to tell if it's time for new dentures is by checking with a dentist. Your dentist can assess both the condition of your mouth and how well adjusted to your current set of dentures you are.
Tips for adjusting to new dentures
When you first get new dentures, your mouth may feel dry and you may experience some slight discomfort. This is because it takes a little while for the denture to fit comfortably, and it also takes time to adjust to a new way of eating.
Here are some ways to help you adjust:
- Brush your teeth with water before placing them in your mouth
- Use wax or other materials if they are too loose and lift when speaking
- Avoid chewing on one side of your mouth
- Drink lots of fluids to moisten your mouth
Tips for speech
The first few weeks of getting used to new dentures may also involve retraining yourself on how you speak. You may have to do the following until you feel comfortable with your dentures:
- Practice talking more than usual.
- Talk in a lower volume, but don’t whisper.
- Take time to speak clearly and slowly, it will sound more natural.
- Try not to talk with your lips touching your teeth. For example, if you say "excuse me," don't purse your lips together and touch the front of your teeth with them.
Tips for eating with dentures
There are some ways to make eating with dentures easier. If you find it difficult to chew food, try cutting your food into smaller pieces so the dentures don’t get in the way. You can also use a knife and fork or chopsticks for more precise bites.
Even if you’re able to eat well, don’t forget to brush your dentures after every meal with a cleansing agent specifically made for dentures. This will help remove any food particles from the previous meal as well as prevent bad breath.
When to use a denture adhesive
In some cases, people might need to use a denture adhesive to help them keep their dentures in place. It can be helpful for those with poorly fitting dentures or who have trouble keeping their dentures in place all day long.A denture adhesive is an over-the-counter product that you can buy from your local pharmacy or drug store. Simply put the adhesive on the back of your denture and let it sit for a few minutes before putting your dentures in.
Finding trusted denture technicians in Perth
New dentures can be a daunting thing to get. Often, you don’t know what to expect and it can throw your daily routine out of motion. Fortunately, you have nothing to worry about! There are reputable denture clinics that offer a wide range of services for you like fitting, adjustments, repairs, and more.
At Emergency Denture Repairs, our experienced team provides a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry to clients in Perth. Whether you need full or partial dentures, we can provide the right solution for you and make getting used to dentures as easy as it can be.
We accept all major health funds and have six convenient clinics throughout Perth as well as a mobile service. Call (08) 9382 2222, book an appointment online or find your closest location.