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Getting dentures for the first time can be a big adjustment. When Dr. Konstantinos Proussaefs recommends dentures in Simi Valley, California, it is to restore the beauty and functionality of your smile. However, they take some getting used to. In order to prepare you for this change, here are some commonly asked questions about dentures.

What do new dentures feel like?
Your new dentures may feel a little strange or loose for a few weeks. Over time, the muscles of the cheeks and tongue will learn to keep them in place.

Will I look different with dentures?
Your dentures will be designed to look like natural teeth, so there will only be a small change in your appearance. Your dentures can even improve the appearance of your smile and fill out your face.

Will dentures make eating difficult?
Eating with new dentures takes some practice and may be uncomfortable for a few weeks. The best way to get used to eating with new dentures is to start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew your food slowly using both sides of your mouth. As you become accustomed to your dentures, add other foods until you reach a normal diet. Be careful with foods that are hot, hard, sharp-edged, or sticky.

Will dentures change how I speak?
When you start wearing dentures, you may have a hard time pronouncing certain words. If this is the case, practice saying the difficult words out loud. With practice, you will get used to speaking properly with dentures. If your dentures click while you talk, contact our dentist. Your dentures may sometimes slip when you laugh, cough, or smile. To reposition them, gently bite down and swallow.

If you have any other questions or concerns, our dentist will be happy to assist you. We invite you to contact our office at 805-422-3116 today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.