If you have missing teeth, dentures can help to restore your smile and your confidence. Dentures can also help you with everyday tasks such as speaking and eating. Nonetheless, it's important to note that adjusting to wearing new dentures will take a little time. Here are some tips to help.
How Dentures Will Feel
New dentures are bound to feel awkward for several weeks after you first get them. You may find that your new dentures feel loose as the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place.
Minor irritation or soreness, or a temporary increase in saliva flow are common when people first start wearing dentures. These issues will diminish as you get used to your dentures, but the fact is that it will be a bit uncomfortable for awhile.
Eating & Talking
You'll need to practice eating with your new dentures. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Be sure to chew slowly and carefully. Use both sides of your mouth at the same time when you're chewing. This will help to 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 anything with sharp-edged shells or bones, and also any particularly hot or hard foods.
You’ll likely find that speaking will require some practice too. It's helpful to read to yourself out loud. Make an effort to repeat words that you have particular difficulty saying. If notice that your dentures "click" while you're talking, try speaking more slowly.
Your dentures might slip occasionally when you cough, laugh or smile. The easiest way to reposition your dentures is by gently biting down and swallowing.