If you have missing teeth, dentures can help to restore your smile and your confidence. Dentures will also help you with everyday tasks like eating and speaking. That said, adjusting to wearing new dentures may take a little time. Here are some tips to help you along!
How They Will Feel
Your new dentures may feel somewhat awkward for several weeks after you first get them. You might find that your new dentures feel a bit loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place.
You might also experience minor irritation or soreness, or a temporary increase in saliva flow. These issues will fade away as you get accustomed to your dentures, but there’s just no denying that it will be a bit uncomfortable for a time.
Tips For Eating & Talking
Eating with your new dentures is going to take practice. Be sure to start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly and carefully, using both sides of your mouth at the same time to help prevent your dentures from tipping. Once you’ve mastered soft foods, gradually 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 extra careful when eating hot or hard foods, as well as sharp-edged shells or bones.
You’re also going to find that speaking will require a bit of practice too. Try reading out loud to yourself, repeating words that you have particular difficulty with. If notice that your dentures "click" while you're speaking, try talking more slowly.
Another problem that you might encounter at first is that your dentures occasionally slip when you cough, laugh or smile. The best way to reposition your dentures is by gently biting down and swallowing.