Everybody wants to have a perfect smile, however there are few who are naturally blessed with perfectly straight teeth. However, this is not to say that your teeth have to stay the way that they are forever. If you are self-conscious about your teeth, there are plenty of solutions available to rectify this, which we will begin to explore within this article.
Dentures and dental implants have resolved the issue of losing teeth or gaps in your smile. Dentures have been the remedy for people with missing teeth for years. However, new specialized dentures have been introduced, known as ‘flexible dentures’. These provide a more comfortable experience whilst wearing, due to the softer material that they are made of. In this blog, we will explore both the benefits and negatives surrounding flexible dentures, so you can make a more informed choice should you need dentures.
What are dentures made from?
Dentures are usually comprised from a variety of different materials, consisting of acrylic resin, chrome cobalt and nylon. Recently, resin has taken over from porcelain as the preferred material to manufacture dentures with, due to it being lighter and cheaper to make. The material also sticks a lot better with the base of the dentures.
The base of the dentures are usually made from acrylic resin or chrome cobalt metal. Acrylic metal can be easily dyed In order for it to match up with the patients gum, however the metal is sturdier and less likely to break if the dentures have been dropped. Flexible dentures are made from nylon, and are becoming more popular, especially over the past few years.
Issues with having regular dentures
Dentures comprised of a rigid metal base can be quite uncomfortable to wear, and take a while to get used to. You need to learn how to carry your dentures in your mouth with your cheeks and gums, which can be quite a long and painful process to perfect. They also require a lot of maintenance in terms of cleaning, so that they don’t break easily.
Why choose flexible dentures?
Flexible dentures are ideal for those who don’t require the use of regular dentures. They aren’t as brittle as the standard dentures, so are less inclined to break upon impact. They also don’t require any dental adhesive or metal clasps to keep them in place on the gums, as they cling to them naturally. The material they’re made out of is clear, so they don’t need to be dyed in order to match the gums natural colour, as well as needing less time to manufacture.
Comfort is a very important factor when it comes to producing dentures, as they are designed to be worn frequently, so the less pain one is in whilst using them, the better. Flexible dentures have the edge over other types in this respect, as they are simple to put in, wear, and to take out of the mouth, without causing discomfort.
Flexible dentures are also a great alternative for those who are allergic to the materials inside of standard dentures, such as acrylic resin and nickel.
Problems with flexible dentures
Although flexible dentures can be more convenient, they aren’t without their own problems in some circumstances. The material in the flexible base is prone to harbouring a lot more bacteria on it than regular dentures, meaning they require a lot of cleaning to avoid a build up of germs on your dentures. The dentures should be removed every day and brushed with a toothbrush all over with warm water. Following this, swill in mouthwash to prevent gingivitis.
Braces (more technically known as orthodontic braces) are something many of us and use to seeing and which a lot of people associate with children and teenagers. Whilst this association is correct a surprising number of other age groups, including adults generally have or are turning towards braces. Braces bring many benefits for the teeth and overall dental health, and we will explore this in a little more detail in this article.
The Inman aligner is a type of removable orthodontic appliance that is used to correct minor straightening issues with the front teeth. Typically cases can be treated as quickly as 4-16 weeks!
Unfortunately not everyone will be suitable as this is designed for the more minor cases and only deals with the front teeth and not the whole mouth. We offer free consultations so we can asses your teeth and see which options will be the most suitable for you. If you do not meet the criteria for the Inman aligner there may be other more suitable braces we offer that can meet your needs.
Inman aligners are a revolutionary short term orthodontic treatment that focuses on straightening the front teeth for fast and effective alignment. The appliance is removable which enables the patient to easily take the aligner out for brushing, eating, and drinking. This can be an ideal treatment on its own, or even before another cosmetic treatment is undertaken to perfect your smile.