The last thing that most people want to be told while visiting the dentist is that they will need dentures. This is especially true of younger people in their twenties and thirties. The biggest fear that people tend to have is that dentures will change their appearance and even cause them to look older than they really are. There is also the fear that once they remove their natural teeth, no matter how damaged, and replace them with dentures, their life will never be the same.
This is understandable. Once upon a time, you could spot dentures from a mile away. However, the truth is that dentistry has come a long way, and it is now possible to get dentures that look natural and give you a better smile than ever before.
You'll be Able to Smile with Confidence
Because dentures now resemble natural teeth more than ever before, you'll be able to smile with confidence and not have to worry about hiding imperfect or damaged teeth. If you currently have missing teeth, it is likely that getting dentures will actually improve your appearance making you look younger and healthier, as missing teeth can cause facial muscles to sag.
You'll be Able to Eat Comfortably
Once you adapt to your new dentures, you'll find it easier to eat, especially if your natural teeth were severely damaged or missing. As long as you stay away from especially sticky foods like toffee, which is sure to dislodge your dentures, you should be able to eat relatively easily. However, it is important that you work with your dentist to choose the dentures that are right for you.
You Have a Say in How They Look and Feel
Before your cosmetic dentist begins work on your dentures, make sure you explain to them in detail what you would like your smile to look like. If you have any photos of how your teeth used to look (if you prefer them that way) then be sure to bring those to your dentist's attention. Your dentist will also allow you a preview of your dentures so that you can try them out and suggest any changes you might like prior to their completion.
When searching for a prosthodontist, bear in mind that you'll want someone with a good reputation and with solid references to back them up. Be wary, too, of opting for the cheaper option as poor quality dentures will look and feel less appealing. Good quality dentures, while more expensive, will be hard to tell apart from your natural teeth and last much longer.