If you have missing teeth, dentures can restore your smile and your confidence, and help with everyday tasks like eating and speaking. That said, getting used to wearing dentures may take some time. Here are some tips to help you along!
How They’ll Feel
You may find that your new dentures feel somewhat awkward for several weeks after you first get them. For instance, they may feel a bit loose while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place.
In addition, you may experience minor irritation or soreness, and a temporary increase in saliva flow. These problems will fade away as you become accustomed to your dentures, but there’s no denying it will be a bit uncomfortable for a time.
Tips For Eating & Talking
Eating with your new dentures will take practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly and carefully, using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent your dentures from tipping. Once you’ve mastered soft foods, slowly add other foods until you return to your normal diet.
Remember to continue chewing food using both sides of the mouth at the same time, and be careful when eating with hot or hard foods, as well as sharp-edged bones or shells.
You’ll also find that talking will require a bit of practice. Read out loud to yourself and repeat words that you have particular difficulty with. If notice that your dentures "click" while you're talking, speak more slowly.
Another problem you may encounter at first is that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile. The best way to reposition the dentures is by gently biting down and swallowing.