For those of us with missing teeth, dentures can restore both our confidence and our smiles, as well as helping with everyday tasks such as speaking and eating. That said, getting used to wearing dentures can take some time. Here are a few tips to help you along!
How They Will Feel
You may discover that your new dentures feel somewhat awkward for several weeks after you first get them. For instance, they might feel a little loose while your cheek and tongue muscles learn to keep them in place.
You might also experience minor irritation or soreness, and a temporary increase in saliva flow. These problems will diminish as you get accustomed to your dentures, but the fact is that it will be a bit uncomfortable for a time.
Tips For Eating & Talking
Eating with your new dentures is going to take practice. Begin with soft foods cut into small pieces. Be sure to chew slowly and carefully, using both sides of your mouth at the same time in order to prevent your dentures from tipping. Once you’ve gotten the hang of soft foods, slowly add other foods into your diet until you return to your normal.
Remember to continue to chew your food using both sides of the mouth at the same time, and be careful when you eat hot or hard foods, as well as sharp-edged bones or shells.
You’re also going to find that talking will require a bit of practice. It's helpful to read out loud to yourself and repeat those words that you have particular difficulty with. If your dentures "click" while you're talking, try speaking more slowly.
Another problem you may encounter is that your dentures occasionally slip when you're laughing, coughing or smiling. The best way to reposition your dentures is by gently biting down and swallowing.