The 411 On Flexible Dentures

Posted on: 26 October 2017

Whether you have suffered an injury or lost teeth due to decay or another underlying dental condition, dentures can be a great option for restoring your smile back to healthy, functional, and appealing state. An estimated 15 percent of individuals missing teeth choose dentures because of their natural look, ease of wearing, and durability. Of course, the different options available to you can become overwhelming. While surprising to learn, flexible dentures are becoming popular options for patients who want to restore their smiles. With this guide, you will become more familiar with flexible dentures and learn if they are the right option for your needs.

Understanding Flexible Dentures

Traditional dentures are made out of an acrylic material with metal components. While functional, they can be uncomfortable to wear. In many instances, the hard acrylic and metal will irritate the gum tissue.

Flexible dentures are a smarter alternative. Constructed out of a soft resin material, they are easier and more comfortable to wear so there is less worry of irritation.

The innovative design offers a flexibility that allows the dentures to lock into the jaw without harming surrounding teeth or gum tissue.

Benefits of Flexible Dentures

If you are like most people, you will need to wear your dentures for a long period of time. Most patients remove them at night, but wearing them during the day will cause discomfort. Your flexible dentures can be worn all through the day without any pain or discomfort.

With traditional dentures, cleaning and maintenance can be difficult. The acrylic is capable of staining, so you will need to reduce your consumption of coffee, tea, wine, and avoid using tobacco products. Soaking the acrylic in a cleaning solution can help prevent stains, but the dentures will need to be brushed and soaked each night.

The resin material used in flexible dentures is stain and scratch resistant. Not only can you continue drinking your favorite beverages, but you also can avoid the constant brushing and soaking that is required with the traditional acrylic dentures. Rinsing and brushing your dentures is smart for removing food and residue, but an overwhelming amount of maintenance is not required.

Most people are surprised by the natural look of flexible dentures, as well. When wearing the traditional option, the metal and hard acrylic may be seen by others. This can affect your appearance while decreasing your self-esteem and confidence. Your flexible dentures fit your teeth comfortable and naturally, ensuring they do not negatively affect your appearance.

Are Flexible Dentures Right for You?

Each patient is different, so you may require a different type of dentures from another patient.

Your dentist will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for these softer dentures. However, the flexible nature ensures they are versatile enough for most people.

The Investment

It is important to note that restoring your smile should be thought as an investment. While the flexible denture option is more expensive compared to traditional dentures, the expense will be a worthwhile investment in your smile's look, comfort, and self-esteem.

The total cost of your new dentures will depend on a few factors including your dentist and the severity of your tooth loss. Thankfully, most dental insurance companies offer coverage on both types of dentures. Ask your dentist to contact your dental insurance provider to determine the exact amount of coverage for your new flexible dentures.

Living with one or more missing teeth is possible, but restoring your smile with dentures is a smarter solution. This guide and your dentist's knowledge will help you understand if flexible dentures are the right solution for you.