According to the American College of Prosthodontics, there are more than 36 million Americans who don’t have any teeth. Obtaining dentures gives you your smile back, but initially, wearing dentures can feel a little awkward. With a little diligence and some good tips, your dentures will feel more like a part of your mouth and less like a foreign object. Here are a few tips to help you get adjusted to your dentures as quickly as possible.
1. Exercise your buccinator muscles.
In general terms, the buccinator muscles are your cheeks, and these muscles have a lot to do with how you speak and chew your food. If your buccinator muscles are strong, it will not take as much effort to chew with your dentures. It is a good idea to do what you can to strengthen these muscles before you ever get your dentures, but you should definitely continue these exercises even after you get your new teeth.
2. Keep your dentures in your mouth as much as you can.
You will be tempted to pull your dentures out every time you get the chance, but this is not the best thing to do. The more you keep the prosthetic teeth in your mouth, the faster they will feel like they are naturally supposed to be there. It is OK to take out the denture arches to give your gums a rest, but try to keep your teeth in while you talk, eat, and even while you sleep.
3. Practice eating with your dentures in your mouth.
Eating can be a challenge at first because chewing with dentures is not the same as chewing with regular teeth. Start with small bites and easy-to-chew foods, such as small bite-sized veggies like cooked peas or beans. Chew slowly and take your time until you get accustomed to how the dentures work with your mouth and chewing movements. As you get used to eating small bits of food, you can graduate to larger foods that are a little harder to chew.
Having dentures can change your life, so take your time to get used to them so you will have the best experience. To find out more about dentures, reach out to us at the office of S. Marc Dibenedetto DDS for more information.