When people get dentures, they find that it changes their self-image. It can make them feel older, less healthy, and less attractive. The problem is especially acute for young people with dentures.
Often this anxiety about their image becomes centered on a fear that people will see them without their dentures. This can be a challenge for some people when dentures are uncomfortable and difficult to wear all day. Fortunately, there are solutions that can help.
Why People Don’t Want to Be Seen without Dentures
Our teeth are an essential part of our our appearance. It’s not just our smile that depends on our teeth–they are a critical part of our facial structure. As a result, not having dentures in transforms a person’s appearance. It can make that person look older. Without dentures, the face can collapse in on itself–there’s nothing to support the lower third of the face.
Being without dentures can also lead to a person feeling that they are re-enacting the loss of their teeth, which in and of itself can be traumatic.
At any rate, their appearance without dentures does not reflect who they are, and they don’t want to be seen that way.
However, this can be a problem for some people. Poorly fitting dentures can be uncomfortable to wear all day. Really, our gums aren’t designed to support our teeth, and when dentures press on them all day, they can become irritated.
Not only are poorly fitting dentures uncomfortable to wear all day, they can be hard to keep in. Traditional dentures can fall out when you talk, laugh, or sneeze. This can be a traumatic moment for people who don’t want to be seen without their dentures.
And, of course, there’s always the fear that people will see you at night or in the morning when your dentures are out for cleaning.
So how can people avoid being seen without their dentures?
FOY ® Dentures: Comfort and Retention
FOY ® Dentures are an innovation in denture fit that can really help people facing this problem. First, they are much more comfortable than many traditional dentures. The superb fit of these dentures means that they balance forces smoothly in the mouth. That helps keep the gums from getting irritated and sore.
Not only that, but the improved fit means that dentures are more secure. They stay firmly in the mouth and won’t come out when you talk, laugh, sneeze, yell, or chew. You can feel secure that your dentures won’t be lost.
Implant Dentures: Support and Security
Implant dentures (which can be combined with FOY ® Dentures for best results) can be even better for people with this anxiety. It’s easy to wear these dentures all day because they are supported by your jawbone just like natural teeth.
And because these dentures are attached to your teeth, they are not going to come out even under the most dramatic circumstances.
In fact, some implant dentures are designed so that they don’t have to be removed even at night–you can sleep in them. That way you can have confidence that you will never be surprised without your dentures in place.
We Want to Make You Whole
We understand that losing your teeth is losing part of yourself. Dentures should be designed to replace your teeth as fully as possible. You shouldn’t just look whole, you should look like you. And you should feel whole, too. Secure in your person and your appearance.
Unfortunately, many dentures just aren’t designed to fully replace lost teeth. However, our dentures are. If you’re looking for dentures that can make you whole again after losing your teeth, please call (803) 781-9090 today for an appointment with a Columbia, SC denture dentist at Smile Columbia Dentistry.