Braces versus Retainers: A Comprehensive Overveiw

Braces versus Retainers: A Comprehensive Overveiw

What Every First-Time Denture Wearer Needs to Know

by Lonnie Bryant

Wearing dentures for the first time can be a bit uncomfortable, and perhaps even more so for those who have gone without a full set of teeth for some time. Getting accustomed to the weight and feel of teeth once again can take some time, and it might also require a bit of practice when it comes to chewing and talking with new dentures. If you're a first-time denture wearer, note a few things you should keep in mind about your new dentures and about using them and keeping them in place.

1. Loose dentures are natural, at first

If your dentures feel a bit loose at first, this is usually very natural. They may need a bit of time to settle into your mouth and to tighten up just a bit. Your mouth also needs some time for the muscles of the jaw to learn to control the dentures. Once you get accustomed to them and they settle into the jaw line, dentures won't feel as loose and will seem more snug and secure.

2. Ulcers and sores don't mean that you cannot wear dentures

If you get ulcers or sores in your mouth after being fitted with dentures, you want to see your dentist for an exam and treatment. However, don't assume that this means you cannot wear dentures at all, as you may simply need to change the type of adhesive you're using or the skin inside your mouth simply needs to become accustomed to the feeling of the dentures. Talk to your dentist about your options but don't give up on having dentures just because of some initial irritation.

3. You may salivate more

You may notice that you are salivating more when you first get your dentures fitted and start wearing them, and this is just because your mouth is not used to having them inserted. When you put anything in your mouth, it's natural for more saliva to form so that you can swallow or chew more readily. Once your mouth is accustomed to having dentures inserted every day, you should notice fewer problems with excessive saliva.

4. You still need to visit the dentist 

It's good to still visit your dentist every year or as recommended, even with dentures. Your dentist needs to regularly check for signs of oral cancer and other such conditions and ensure that the dentures are fitted properly and aren't damaged in any way. Don't assume that, because you have false teeth, you have no reason to see a dentist, but keep up with your appointments to protect your oral health.


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Braces versus Retainers: A Comprehensive Overveiw

There are more than two ways to straighten a smile, and in this blog, I plan to discuss them all. I plan to look at the differences between braces and retainers and explain why sometimes you may need them both. I look at the differences in cost, time commitment and efficacy. Personally, I have had a bit of experience with this subject – I had braces as a young teen, and I had a permanent retainer. In this blog, I discuss what I have learned, and I present all kinds of new information on the topic. Whether you are trying to make decisions for yourself or your child. I hope you find this information useful.