7 Mistakes to Avoid When Talking to Your Dentist about New Dentures
One of the great things about choosing a FOY® Dentures dentist is that they have tremendous experience with helping people get the best dentures for them. Of course, this includes the technical side of dentures: understanding how to perform the necessary measurements and impressions to get dentures that truly fit your mouth. It also includes the personal side of talking to you about your denture needs and desires. They know that quality dentures don’t just fit your mouth, they fit your life and style.
However, it’s important for you to take an active role in communicating with your denture dentist. No matter who your dentist is, you have to make sure that they know what you’re looking for with your dentures.
Here are seven mistakes people often make when communicating with their denture dentist that can make it difficult for you to get the best dentures.
Making Unreasonable Demands
Of course, we all want the best dentures possible, but it’s important to understand that dentures have limitations. Making demands that your dentures will never be able to meet is not helpful for you or your denture dentist. Review what are reasonable expectations for dentures.
If you don’t like the expectations for, say, cheap dentures or traditional dentures, you might want to upgrade to implant dentures or the Denture Fountain of Youth®. Making demands that your dentures function beyond what they are designed to achieve won’t make it happen, it will merely frustrate you and your dentist.
Making No Demands
On the other hand, it’s also a mistake not to make any demands of your denture dentist. While it’s generally impossible for dentures to function beyond their limits, it is highly possible that they won’t live up to reasonable expectations for dentures of their type.
To make sure you get dentures that do live up to reasonable expectations, you need to communicate these expectations to your dentist. Tell them that you understand what dentures can do, and make it clear that you expect your dentures to function properly.
Not Understanding What Matters to You
As we said above, dentures are very personal. Dentures need to fit your life and style–they replace your smile, which is a very important part of your self-image and the image that other people have of you. Dentures also perform many important functions, like helping you eat and speak.
It’s important to understand what aspects of your dentures are most important to you, whether that’s functions like eating and talking or aspects of your appearance, such as your smile, your lips, cheeks, and more.
Neglecting Facial Aesthetics
When people think about the appearance of their dentures, they tend to focus only on the details of the smile. Things like the size and shape of teeth, how many teeth show when they smile, and the color of teeth come up frequently.
Often, people forget that teeth and jaws work together to provide the support structures for the lower third of the face. When you are talking to your denture dentist about new dentures, don’t forget to discuss aspects of your facial appearance that are impacted by dentures. This includes lip and cheek fullness, wrinkles around the mouth, turkey neck, and more. Understand that while FOY® Dentures can help you look younger, other dentures can help you look much older.
Not Being Honest
People are often reluctant to tell their dentist how they truly feel. This is especially common when talking about appearance. People can become embarrassed about discussing aspects of their appearance. They might not want to seem vain, or they might not have the vocabulary to describe these important details.
It’s vital that you are honest with your dentist about the things that are important to you when it comes to dentures. Even good communicators like FOY® Dentures dentists aren’t mind readers, and they can’t second-guess you when you tell them one thing but might mean another.
Another problem when talking to your denture dentist is that you might not be clear about what you want from your dentures. Try to be explicit in your expectations about denture function and appearance.
When talking about function, describe common situations in your life that are relevant to the function you’re looking for. If you’re a public speaker who needs to enunciate clearly in large auditoriums, mention it. If there are specific foods you want to be able to eat, list them to your denture dentist, and they can help you achieve that, even if it means upgrading to implant-supported dentures.
For appearance-related goals, bringing pictures can help make things very clear. If you have a time when you liked your smile, bring pictures from then. If not, you can bring pictures of celebrity smiles, and your denture dentist can help you understand what aspects of the smile might or might not work for you.
Not Standing Up for Yourself
Sometimes, it’s not enough to simply state your expectations and goals for dentures. Either a dentist doesn’t listen or outright dismisses what you’re asking for. In this case, you need to stand up for yourself. Follow these three steps to get the dentures that are right for you.
First, repeat your expectation. It’s important to make sure the dentist has an opportunity to hear and understand what you’re saying. Sometimes things get missed or overlooked the first time.
Second, escalate to a demand. Tell the dentist how much this aspect of your dentures matters to you. Let them know that it is such an important demand that you won’t consider your dentures successful without it.
Finally, find another dentist. If your current dentist can’t or won’t commit to delivering the dentures that you feel are critical for your health and happiness, it’s time to look for a new dentist.
FOY® Dentures Dentists Make Communication Easy
If you are unhappy with the way denture dentists have responded to your requests for reasonable expectations, it’s time to find a new dentist. FOY® Dentures dentists understand what it takes to make quality dentures that are right for you.