Many people with dentures feel very self-conscious about them, especially if they got dentures when they were young. They worry that dentures will make them undatable, or will make dates uncomfortable or embarrassing. But less us answer some of the big questions that people have and put your mind at ease.

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Will my date know I have dentures?

Not normally. Quality dentures look so natural and fit so securely that there’s no reason that your date would notice that you have dentures.

Will my dentures be a turn-off?

There are some potential ways that dentures could be a turn-off. If they are unattractive or fake-looking. If they smell bad or make noises. If they don’t stay in place.

But with quality dentures that are well-maintained, you have nothing to worry about. Your date will either not notice the dentures or not be bothered by them.

Will my date be able to understand me with my dentures?

With secure, properly fitting dentures, you should be able to speak clearly. There are many strategies you can use to help you get better at talking with your dentures.

When should I tell a date about my dentures?

You should decide for yourself when’s the best time to talk about dentures, but here are some guidelines.

There is no need to tell a date about dentures before the first date. This is not a necessary disclosure or anything. You can take your time to reveal that you have dentures.

Talking too much about any health issue is a turn off early in a relationship, but there comes a point when you’ve developed a comfortable intimacy where talking about health issues seems a normal part of the conversation. This is a good time to bring up dentures.

It’s best to tell a person you’re dating about dentures rather than have them discover your dentures for themselves–that makes it seem like something you were hiding. So, for example, you should tell about dentures before a person spends the night at your house and is likely to discover that you’ve taken your dentures out.

What should I order for a dinner date?

Order a food that’s comfortable for you to eat. We’ve talked before about learning to eat out with dentures. It’s not a bad idea to practice eating different foods with your dentures, so you know what’s a good choice on your date.

Can I kiss with dentures in?

Yes, but be aware of how dentures might change your kissing. The traditional pucker-up creates suction in the mouth that can dislodge dentures. Some styles of kissing may also be likely to dislodge dentures. Note that this might be a time when it’s best to tell about dentures before they get discovered. Read more about kissing with dentures.

What can I do if my dentures keep me from dating?

Some people have dentures that make them just too embarrassed to even try dating. If this is how you feel, it’s time to consider getting better dentures.

For more information about quality dentures in Columbia, SC, please call (803) 781-9090 today for an appointment with a denture dentist at Smile Columbia.