Nobody wants dentures until they need them. However, the cost of dentures – typically ranging anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 – can sometimes convince people they’re better off without them. Although the price may seem extravagant, it’s important to consider that dentures do far more than restore a mouth full of teeth. By getting dentures when you need them, you’re investing in your quality of life, too! Here are five things you can only do if you have a full set of teeth or dentures:
- Eat what you want — Some food is especially difficult, or nearly impossible, to eat without a full mouth of teeth. While there are some foods that will still be difficult to eat even with a pair of dentures – corn on the cob, peanut butter and sticky candy, to name a few – you won’t be nearly as menu restricted as you were without them. Go ahead, make that restaurant reservation!
- Get your smile back — Some people may feel insecure about showing their emotions without a full mouth of teeth. It’s time to stop suppressing those feelings of joy and happiness. Smile! Dentures give you something to smile about and something to smile with.
- Sing loud and proud — Dentures return your ability to speak and annunciate. For those who were previously embarrassed by their voice can speak confidently and clearly. There’s no more reason to keep quiet. Say it (or sing it) like you mean it!
- Revive your youth— Properly-fitting dentures have been shown to keep facial muscles from sagging, and eliminate the sunken cheek and crooked jaw appearance. A rejuvenated appearance can have a profound effect on one’s self-esteem and social life.
- Sleep more soundly — According to a study by the Department of Anesthesiology, those who suffer from sleep apnea may benefit from wearing their dentures while they sleep. In the study, 34 edentulous patients wore complete dentures one night and slept without dentures the other night. Results showed that wearing complete dentures during sleep improves the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) for most of the patients; while few showed an opposite effect or no effect at all.
Many of the problems people often associate with dentures no longer exist thanks to new technology and computer-aided design. Modern dentures are completely different then their older counterparts; they’re easier to clean, more durable, increasingly comfortable and natural looking.
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