Adjusting to a new denture can take some practice. With a little time and some patience, new denture wearers can feel confident in their new smile in no time.
Here are a few ways to get started:
Wear Your Dentures All Day
One of the most common mistakes new denture wearers make is to take their denture out because it doesn’t feel comfortable enough. However, adjusting to your denture is like adjusting to a new pair of shoes – they both need plenty of time to break them in. If you wear your dentures all day (taking them out at night, of course,) you will have an easier time getting used to them.
Practice Talking – to Yourself!
At first, talking may feel funny. You might even sound as if you are slurring a few of your words. The best thing to do is practice talking with your dentures in. Practice at home, in the car, in front of your bathroom mirror, and eventually on short phone conversations. The more practice you get, the easier it will be to accommodate your oral muscles to speaking with a removable dental prosthesis.
Start with Softer, Smaller Foods
Don’t go out for a steak dinner on your first night in your new dentures. Start at home with some softer foods, such as steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, or Salisbury steak. Cut your food up small and start easy. Once you feel comfortable with that, move up to slightly larger pieces of food or foods with more texture to them.
Don’t rush yourself. Everyone will get used to their new denture – it just takes patience sometimes.
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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