You’ve got new dentures, but you’re not smiling about them yet. Has the transition been tough and a little uncomfortable? The following five tips are beneficial for getting used to new dentures.
1. Set Practical Expectations
Did you know that 30% of people between the ages of 65 to 74 don’t have any natural teeth? Many people with new dentures are going through the same experience as you. It’s important to set practical expectations for the early phase of wearing dentures. Give yourself a month or so to become accustomed to them.
During the early phase, chewing and speaking may be a frustrating challenge. Don’t worry, it’s normal to feel a little discomfort and shock. Try to be patient while adjusting to eating and speaking with new dentures. If you continue to experience discomfort, visit a dentures specialist to have your dentures readjusted.
2. Sing to Improve Your Speech
Use music to better adapt to speaking with dentures. Sing your favorite songs as a form of speech training. Fluid, smooth phrases sung at a slow rate help you form certain words better. The process makes your dentures feel less like a hindrance.
3. Build Your Cheek Muscles
Cheek muscles direct food as you chew and prepare to swallow. Like other muscles in your body, building them up is essential to controlling food while eating. You can start improving your cheek muscles before and after getting dentures. If you experience cheek pain with your dentures, schedule a visit to see a dentures specialist.
4. Try Using Dental Adhesives
Before you try dental adhesives, speak with a dentures specialist. They can suggest the best dental adhesives available. A tiny amount can reduce early irritation.
Note that you mustn’t rely on adhesives for a great fit. Your dentures should fit well and feel great without using adhesives all the time. Speak with dentures specialists about any problems you continue to experience. They will make lasting adjustments so you aren’t dependent upon adhesives.
5. Stick to Your Post-Extraction Treatment Plan
Always stick to your post-extraction treatment plan. This will ensure your dentures fit well. People heal differently, so it may take more time to feel comfortable with your dentures. Take medication as prescribed and keep all scheduled appointments. Arrange regular checkups with your dentures specialist even after you get new dentures. Before you know it, you’ll be speaking, chewing, and eating like normal.