Using a new pair of complete dentures can feel quite exciting, thanks to the utility they provide you. They can also improve your confidence, as they contribute to a wonderful, healthy, and natural-looking smile. It’s rare for people to notice the difference between dentures and your real teeth, and so there’s no need to worry about changing your appearance in this way. However, it may take a few days or a couple of weeks to adjust to your new dentures fully.
Of course, there’s no shame in this. While it’s totally normal and healthy to wear dentures, even those that have been customized for your particular dental environment cannot simulate the exact shape and size of your teeth. Furthermore, some first-time denture users may not have experienced a full set of well-balanced teeth for quite some years, and so the change may take a little getting used to.
This post will discuss three tips you can use to adjust to your new dentures as appropriate properly.
Practice Reading Out Loud
Speaking with dentures is one of the first tasks you may need to master. It can be hard to emphasize certain words as you may have done before now that you have a full set of teeth. Specifically, the way the tongue, your breath intake, and your lips conform to produce the vowels and consonants may adjust a little.
That’s totally fine; you’ll get the hang of it. That said, it can be helpful to practice reading a book out loud in the privacy of your own home, just so you get used to certain words and can learn this natural skill more readily. Practicing repeated sentences and counting numbers is advisable. With frequent, brief practice, you’ll get there sooner than you may imagine.
Work Up To Eating
Eating may feel a little strange with a full set of dentures, but you’ll soon come to realize it’s much more preferable than eating foods with a limited dental environment. It may be that cutting foods into slices, pre-portioning foods instead of chewing them for now, and working up to harder foods while eating softer ingredients can be helpful for the time being.
Then, as you get used to your dentures, eating harder, larger foods you may need to chew a little can signify that you’re really starting to master your dentures. Just be sure to clean them properly every night.
Report Any Aches & Pains
A little discomfort can be normal, but aches, pains, and sores are not usual and should be reported to a trusted dentistry service such as Dynamic Dental Solutions. This way, you can ensure that your progress is well tracked and that adjustments to your dentures can take place if necessary. This can also help you more readily assess if this discomfort will simply pass or if further restorative work needs to take place before you continue using your dentures as necessary.
We hope you can adjust to your new dentures in the most confident manner possible with this post. If you are experiencing any pain or problems with your dentures, Dynamic Dental Solutions can help! To learn about what we can do or schedule an appointment, call us today at 281-837-9090.