Managing Expectations and Mindset With New Dentures
Entering a new stage of life can be scary, especially when these changes involve your health. For many new denture users, the idea of making lifestyle changes is intimidating.
Many of these fears can be mitigated by embracing the challenges and seeing the overall positive effect dentures will have on your life.
In today’s article, we’ll examine how you can manage your expectations and create a more positive mindset in order to succeed with your new teeth.
The best way to set realistic expectations and mitigate your worries is to educate yourself on life with dentures. You’ve found yourself here, so you’re off to a great start!
There are many personal blogs, websites, and even youtube channels entirely dedicated to living with dentures. These are excellent resources that can clear up your initial concerns and offer guidance in your first few months.
The best way to learn more about the many options available to you is to schedule a free consultation with an oral health professional.
During your free consultation, your denturist will help you choose the right type of denture for your health and budget. Many of our patients report feeling much more confident and relaxed after these conversations.
View Things in a Positive Light
Lifestyle changes are one of the top concerns we hear from our patients. Dentures may affect certain aspects of your daily life — including diet, speaking, laughing, and smiling.
The good news is that most of these changes are positive.
Depending on the state of your natural teeth, dentures will likely open the door to eating more types of food, and improve your confidence during social interactions.
Reframing your concerns in a positive light is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety about getting dentures. Once you’ve gotten used to the feeling of dentures in your mouth, you may be surprised by the many beneficial impacts they have on your daily lifestyle.
Don’t Expect Perfection Right Away
Although your new dentures will have many positive impacts on your life, it’s important to remember they likely won’t take place overnight. Your first few months will involve a lot of learning and practice — so don’t get frustrated if they’re not perfect immediately.
Dentures are different than your natural teeth, and as a result, they’re going to be strange at first. All new denture wearers should expect an adjustment period of a few weeks to months. Some people adapt faster than others.
There will likely be a few minor setbacks along the way, which is to be expected. Make sure you celebrate when you succeed and try not to become discouraged when things don’t go exactly as planned.
Communicate With Your Denturist
Above all, it’s important to keep your denturist informed. Our patients’ comfort is one of our team’s top priorities.
If you’re struggling, be sure to reach out to The Denture & Implant Centre for guidance. Our friendly denturists have heard it all — and can certainly answer your questions to make your transition as smooth as possible.