Dentures can help to restore your smile and your confidence, as well as help with everyday tasks like eating and speaking. That said, getting used to wearing dentures can take a little time. Here are some tips to help you adjust.
How They’ll Feel
You might feel somewhat awkward for several weeks after you first get your new dentures. Your dentures might feel a little loose as the muscles of your tongue and cheeks learn to keep them in place.
You might also experience some minor irritation or soreness as well as temporary increase in saliva flow. These problems will fade away as you become accustomed to your dentures. There's just no denying it, you will feel uncomfortable for a time.
Tips for Speaking and Eating with Dentures
Eating with your new dentures is going to take some 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 to prevent your dentures from tipping. After you’ve mastered soft foods, slowly begin to add other foods until you finally return to your regular diet.
Make a point of continuing to chew food using both sides of the mouth at the same time. Be extra cautious when eating very hot or hard foods, as well as foods with sharp-edged shells or bones bones.
Talking is going to require a bit of practice. Try reading out loud to yourself and repeating words that you have particular difficulty with. If notice that your dentures "click" while you're talking, just speak a bit more slowly.
One other problem you may occasionally encounter is that your dentures might slip when you smile, laugh or cough. To reposition the dentures gently bite down and swallow.