STAYING CONFIDENT with dentures
As you start adjusting to your life with dentures, you’ll receive a lot of professional advice on the fitting and the care of your dentures, but less on the ways a denture can affect your confidence. With a bit of know-how, you’ll soon not only accept this new chapter, but be ready to embrace it. Here are our tips on how to be confident while wearing dentures.
GIVE IT TIME
When you first start adjusting to dentures, it’s natural to feel anxious about simple things like talking, eating and kissing. Some denture wearers have lisps when they talk after new dentures go in and others find certain foods difficult to tackle. Be aware that these things may affect your confidence, but they will improve with time and practice.
It’s ok to feel anxious about adjusting to dentures but remember that it always helps to speak to friends, family or your dental professional for support.
LOOK TO THE FUTURE
There will be a few things to get used to when you’re adjusting to dentures, but it won’t be long before you feel like you again. You’ll be able to smile, laugh, eat and get close to loved ones without a second thought.
- Before eating in restaurants, practice eating different foods at home to become comfortable with biting, chewing and the feel of the dentures.
- Don’t just use your remaining natural teeth while eating. The more you start biting and chewing with your dentures in, the sooner they will feel like part of your mouth.
- To adjust to talking while wearing your dentures, try reading something out loud until you become used to the way the dentures feel and learn how to make different sounds.
- Use a specialist denture cleanser like Polident to make sure your dentures are clean and fresh to help build your confidence.
- Using a denture adhesive like Polident can help ensure your dentures feel secure enough to tackle your favourite foods and boost your confidence when speaking.
- Be as open as you can about wearing dentures with those close to you, so that you don’t have to worry about people noticing a difference. It can help you accept your dentures and enjoy the positive impact they can have on your life.