Getting dentures when you’re young can be very stressful. Here are seven tips that can help make the transition easier.
Remember You’re Not Alone
One of the hardest things about having to get dentures at a young age is that you feel like there’s no one else in your situation. All the denture advertising is directed at older people, and likely none of your friends have dentures.
But you’re not alone. There are many reasons why people may need dentures at a young age, such as congenital conditions, disease, lack of access to dental care, car accidents, and more. If you work with an experienced denture dentist, they can likely put you in touch with other people in similar situations so you can talk to them about their experiences, which does help.
Make Sure It’s the Right Decision
Choose dentures when it’s the best thing for your health and happiness, not because it’s the “easy” thing.
Deciding to get dentures at a young age is a decision that will affect the rest of your life. Be sure you’re making this decision for the right reasons. Some people choose dentures just because they think it will be easier than continuing to care for teeth, but this can lead to trouble. Whether you decide to choose dentures or maintaining your natural teeth, you have to commit to proper care.
Talk to several dentists about your options so you understand the benefits of dentures or preserving your natural teeth. You need to make sure you’re getting the whole story about which is the best way to go.
Have Confidence in Your Decision
It’s human nature to question our decisions. Second-guessing yourself can make you feel bad about your dentures and yourself. By taking the time to make the decision right, you can cut off this second-guessing and avoid unnecessary emotional difficulties later on.
Again, don’t make a decision until you’re confident it’s the right one. If you’re still in doubt, talk to more people. This may include additional dentists, close friends, family, counselors, and even spiritual leaders.
It’s important that you know this is a choice you’re making, and that you’re not just a victim of circumstances. No matter your situation, you still have the power to make choices.
Invest in Quality Dentures
For young people, the appearance problems with dentures can be the biggest issue. Traditional dentures can make you look older and give you a sunken appearance that will give away that you have dentures.
Investing in better-fitting and better-looking dentures will make you feel more confident and make it easier to maintain your social life after dentures.
Practice Makes Perfect
Even with the best dentures, it may take some time to get used to them. The first few days or weeks it may be hard to talk and hard to eat. Take the time to practice with your dentures. Practice your speech with someone in your confidence. If you don’t have anyone you can trust to help you at this time, practice talking while looking in the mirror.
Once your pronunciation sounds pretty good to you, try calling up customer service lines and striking up conversations. If you can make yourself understood by perfect strangers on the phone, you know you’re able to speak clearly.
Although it’s easy to just keep eating soft foods, once you’re cleared by your dentist, it’s time to start tackling some challenging foods to make sure you’re able to eat a variety of foods with confidence.
Give Yourself Time
Adjustment to life with dentures takes time. It’s normal to feel a little depression shortly after the decision, and to feel like you’re never going to adapt. But if you give it time, you’ll find that you can do it.
Love Yourself and You Will Be Loved
One big fear that young people have about getting dentures: it will prevent you from finding love, or it will change the way your loved ones feel about you. Banish this fear.
Remember all the things that make you a great person, all the things that getting dentures won’t change. You are still as worthy of love you were yesterday. Getting dentures won’t make you less.
In fact, having the courage to make the right decision will make you a better, stronger, and more lovable person.